Governance at the volunteering charity
Who is your chair?
Bob Fee is our acting chair. He spent 30 years working for Marks and Spencer and was the divisional director for food operations at the company.
How many trustees are there?
Reach has six. None are paid.
How often does the board hold meetings?
At least quarterly, and it has an annual awayday to look at the future planning and development of the charity.
Will the board expand?
Yes. We regularly review the skills needed, and have a succession plan for retiring trustees. We expect to add two or three new trustees at the next AGM in May 2012.
How do you recruit trustees?
Our own TrusteeWorks service has been incredibly effective, which is probably just as well. Trustees Week, which took place last week, is an ideal time to be thinking about recruiting trustees because, as our experience last year indicates, a lot of new people will be interested in becoming trustees afterwards. We have also recruited trustees using social media and online charity job sites.
What is the board talking about at the moment?
Trustees are discussing plans to transform Reach in 2012. This involves a lot of talk about funding, which we aren't greatly enjoying, but there is also real excitement about our new platform for "skills giving", which will aim to help charities to find the skills they need.