London, 29 March 2018 – ICSA: The Governance Institute has today released guidance for charities on trustee eligibility as part of its efforts to bolster good governance in the sector. The guidance, which is freely available to all, focuses on constitutional and legal considerations, Charity Commission waivers, disqualification, due diligence and senior manager implications.
“Charity trustees are responsible for the overall direction, strategy and vision of over 167,000 registered main charities in England and Wales and their effectiveness is central to the success of these charities. Given the large number of beneficiaries who rely on these charities, it is essential that the right people are recruited to the board, not just in terms of skills, attributes and competences, but also in ensuring an individual meets the legal and constitutional eligibility criteria. Appointing a trustee who is not eligible can have serious consequences for the individual, the board and the charity,” says Louise Thomson, Head of Policy (Not for Profit) at ICSA: The Governance.
ICSA’s advice to charities and trustees is to:
“It is crucial that charities do not recruit trustees who are disqualified as this is an offence and means that the appointment will be invalid. Not only that, if problems arise with a trustee and it emerges that existing trustees failed to follow Charity Commission guidance, the Commission may consider the trustees to have acted improperly,” warns Louise.
The guidance can be downloaded for free at www.icsa.org.uk/charity-trustee-eligibility
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