Papworth Trust

Governance arrangements at the disability charity for the east of England

Who is your chair?

Hugh Duberly, the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. He became a trustee in 1992 and chair in 1997. He is also a patron of the Cambridgeshire branch of the British Red Cross. The chair is elected every three years at our AGM.

How many trustees are there?

We have 12 trustees from the private and public sectors.

Is there anything unusual about your governance?

We have a governance committee made up of three trustees that meets twice a year to review the performance of the board and oversee the recruitment of new trustees.

How do your appraisals work?

Trustees' skills are measured against a competency matrix and areas for development are identified.

How do you recruit new trustees?

The process is outlined in a board manual, from the initial stage of identifying candidates through existing contacts and advertising through to interviews and final selection.

What is your biggest issue?

Managing growth. The trust has doubled in size over the past few years and our plan is for it double in size again over the next three years. We need to make sure we keep focused on the quality of our services and do not put the organisation at risk.

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