Governance at the national charity that supports single, homeless people

Sir David Bell visits a music workshop with members of Crisis [by Zak Waters]
Sir David Bell visits a music workshop with members of Crisis [by Zak Waters]

Who is your chair?

Our chair is Sir David Bell, who until recently was also chair of the newspaper publisher the Financial Times Group and director of the education publisher Pearson. He is currently chair of the dance theatre Sadler's Wells and sits on Roehampton University's board of governors.

How many trustees does the board have?

There are 13, all of whom are unpaid.

How do you recruit trustees?

We recently advertised for new trustees using newspaper advertisements and a range of networks, including the trustee recruitment service Reach and the membership body Homeless Link.

How often does the board meet?

It meets five times a year and has an annual awayday.

When was the last governance review?

We review our governance on a regular basis, and most recently we looked at the committee structure - in particular, we made some changes to the remit of the finance committee.

What issues is the board talking about at the moment?

The main discussions recently have been about the organisation's capacity and capability as it grows, the effect of government policy on homelessness and the appropriate messaging for our 40th Crisis at Christmas event this year.

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