British Red Cross

Governance at the UK and overseas aid charity

British Red Cross
British Red Cross

Who is your chair?

James Cochrane has been our chair since January 2007.

His career was in the pharmaceutical industry. After retiring from the board of the healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline in 2001, he was chair of the South West London Strategic Health Authority until 2006.

How many trustees are there?

We have 17 trustees, of which nine are elected and eight are co-opted. None are paid.

How often does the board meet?

It meets five times a year - there are four business meetings and a two-day workshop. The finance and audit committee meets five times a year and the nominations and remuneration committees each meet twice a year.

Will the board expand?

We have no plans to do so. We are already able to co-opt up to eight trustees, who are appointed to increase the skills and expertise available.

How do you recruit trustees?

Our nominations committee is responsible for all trustee recruitment. A national electoral college, which is part of the committee, elects nine trustees and the board appoints the eight co-opted trustees.

When was your last governance review?

It took place in 2007/08 and focused on our elected trustee arrangements. After this, we changed the election process from a geographically-based election to a national one that is informed by a skills audit of the board.

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