ACEVO seeks legal review to put staff on trustee boards

The voluntary sector chief executives' organisation ACEVO is seeking a review of charity law to allow the senior staff of charities to sit on their own trustee boards without the permission of the Charity Commission.

It wants this provision to feature in the charities bill promised by the Government, along with an option for charities to pay non-executive directors to sit on trustee boards.

Stephen Bubb, chief executive of ACEVO, said that improving governance in the voluntary sector had been side stepped for too long. "This is an issue that must urgently be addressed," he said. "No commercial company would dream of operating with our governance system and it's time for us to move on."

The proposals form part of a major inquiry into not-for-profit governance which ACEVO is launching.

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