The governance set-up at the children's charity

Who is your chair?

Sir Christopher Kelly has been our chair for nine years. He is also chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life and the Financial Ombudsman Service. He will step down next month to be replaced by Mark Wood, a former trustee and one of the UK's leading financial figures - he is a former chief executive of Prudential and Axa.

How many trustees are there?

There are 16, including TV presenter Esther Rantzen, the founder and president of ChildLine. None of our trustees is paid.

When does the board meet?

Eight times a year.

How do you recruit trustees?

The nominations and governance sub-committee makes recommendations to the rest of the board. Sometimes we involve a panel of young people in the interview process. Trustees are elected for three years and can choose to stand again for up to nine years in total.

When was your last governance review?

It was in 2008. It concluded that making sure young people were actively engaged in board matters was a priority.

Do you carry out appraisals?

Yes, we have them once a year. The chair interviews each of the trustees in order to identify any issues and learning opportunities. The chair then reports back to the board about the appraisals.

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