COMMITTED TO CHARITY EXCELLENCE
As a registered charity and company limited by guarantee our Trustees are keen to ensure that we place good governance at the heart of our work. We are committed to developing governance alongside the principles laid out in the Charity Governance Code and in the Charity Commission’s guidance for Charity Trustees.
THE GOVERNANCE CODE
The Charity Governance Code covers 7 aspects of organisational excellence and good practice for charities. They are:
- Organisational Purpose
The board is clear about the charity’s aims and ensures that these are being delivered effectively and sustainably.
Every charity is headed by an effective board that provides strategic leadership in line with the charity’s aims and values.
The board acts with integrity. It adopts values, applies ethical principles to decisions and creates a welcoming and supportive culture which helps achieve the charity’s purposes. The board is aware of the significance of the public’s confidence and trust in charities. It reflects the charity’s ethics and values in everything it does. Trustees undertake their duties with this in mind.
- Decision-Making and Control
The board makes sure that its decision-making processes are informed, rigorous and timely, and that effective delegation, control and risk-assessment, and management systems are set up and monitored.
- Board Effectiveness
The board works as an effective team, using the appropriate balance of skills, experience, backgrounds and knowledge to make informed decisions.
- Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
The board has a clear, agreed and effective approach to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the organisation and in its own practice. This approach supports good governance and the delivery of the organisation’s charitable purposes.
- Openness and Accountability
The board leads the organisation in being transparent and accountable. The charity is open in its work, unless there is good reason for it not to be.
We are committed to building our governance around these key themes and using them as a framework for strategic management.