Blog: Why become a board member?                                                                 

Being a board member is one of the most important roles in a charity or social enterprise. Trustees or directors work on governing bodies and take ultimate responsibility for an organisation, ensuring that it is well-run and working towards its purpose – whether that is (for example) to decrease poverty, provide play opportunities for children or offer housing to people who are homeless.

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23 January, 2018
By now, most people will have heard about the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is coming into force in May 2018, but do you understand what it means in practice for your group/organisation?
 

The new Charity Governance Code published in July 2017 has brought into sharp focus the need to improve the diversity of trustee boards. It recommends that trustee boards periodically take part in training and/or reflection about diversity and understands their responsibilities in this area.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 25 January, 2018 - 18:00 to 20:30
13 September, 2017
 
A new version of the Charity Governance Code has been published, setting out higher standards for governance for charities. This new Code is essential reading for all trustees. It is deliberately aspirational and using it will help trustee boards to review and improve their governance arrangements and practice. 
 
The code proposes higher standards in a number of areas, including recommendations that:
  • The ideal board size is between 5 – 12 trustees.
  • The maximum term of office for trustees should normally be 9 years.

LawWorks develops resources which provide general information for not-for-profit organisations on specific areas of law, to enable them to spot and avoid potential legal problems.

Free Talks are short online videos about common legal issues faced by small not-for-profit organisations. The videos are all free to watch and aim to help you when making important decisions.

 

Trustee Recruitment Toolkit
The purpose of this toolkit is to provide information and advice that will support your organisation to recruit, select, appoint and induct new trustees. The aim is to positively influence how effective your organisation is in the future through achieving a balanced board and a well governed organisation.

 

 

Trustee roles - chair, treasurer and secretary

This guide gives basic information on the key roles on a trustee board.

 

 

Governance for Community Interest Companies - A Practical Framework

 

Governance for Community Interest Companies: A Practical Framework offers practical principles, hints and tips for anyone looking to demystify governance and build firm governance foundations for their CIC.

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