Droitwich Ferret Welfare

Trustee Anne Robinson on governance at the charity that rescues and cares for ferrets

Droitwich Ferret Welfare
Droitwich Ferret Welfare

Who is your chair?

My husband, Bernard Robinson, is the chair. He and I founded the charity, which provides fostering and veterinary treatment for ferrets in Worcestershire and the surrounding area. Bernard is a retired dental surgeon.

How many trustees are there?

There are three: myself, Bernard and a friend of ours who has experience of motivating volunteers and of administrative work.

How often do the trustees meet?

We meet once a fortnight for an informal chat, and twice a year for more formal discussions. The first of these formal talks is held at the beginning of the financial year. At this, we make a plan for the year ahead. The second meeting is towards the end, to review the year.

Will there be changes to the governance arrangements?

Yes. In the next 12 months, we are planning a number of changes because our governance set-up has been the same since we founded the charity in 2003. We have held elections for the chair each year, but Bernard has always been reappointed because there are currently only three of us who can vote.

What will the changes be?

We have about 12 volunteers who are heavily committed to our work, and we would like to appoint some of these as trustees. It will be good to get some younger people involved.

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