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Friday, February 12th, 2016

Legal update – charity trustees

This update from charity legal expert Sandy Adirondack offers some resources to help charity trustees in their role and follows the high profile governance failures in large charities.

Resources for chairpersons

A question of balance: A guide to the chair and chief executive relationship, from the Association of Chairs.


Resources for charity trustees (nearly all relevant for non-charities as well)

  • Charity governance, finance and resilience: 15 questions trustees should ask, a new version of the Charity Commission’s earlier 15 questions booklets.
  • RevisedGuidance for charity trustees to be published by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator in the spring.
  • Revised Code of good governance for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland launched on 29 January.
  • New edition of NCVO’s Good trustee guide, a proper book (£21 NCVO members, £30 others) for those who need more than is in leaflets or booklets, and a free summary.
  • Trusteeship in small charities: Practical tips and advice, briefing from a seminar in November 2015 (the briefing doesn’t define small charities, but the Small Charities Coalition defines them as having income under £1 million).
  • A new focus on charity governance, from Russell-Cooke solicitors.
  • Wired to govern, looking at the opportunities and threats of the digital revolution, and at how boards can use technologies such as board portals and virtual meetings.
  • ICSA certificate in charity law and governance.

All at:

And for a sad story about what happens when there are unresolved disputes within an organisation’s membership and/or within its board, or when it does not follow its constitutional procedures or (if applicable) company law procedures for elections, meetings and proxy voting: