Partnership for Children

Governance at the mental health charity for children and young people

Partnership for Children
Partnership for Children

Who is your chair?

We appointed Randi Talseth as our chair last year. She is the secretary-general of the Norwegian charity Voksne for Barn, which promotes mental health in children and adolescents. Partnership for Children is based in the UK and operates overseas. Although it's unusual to have a chair who is based in a different country, we think it's worthwhile because she brings a wealth of experience to the role.

How many trustees are there?

There are eight, and five of these are based overseas - in Hong Kong, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Ireland. They stay in touch by phone, text message and email. The trustees' terms last three years, and they can serve a maximum of two terms.

How much do you spend on board meetings?

Because our trustees are based internationally, the cost of board meetings is high. We spend about £4,700 on them a year, which covers two face-to-face meetings and two telephone conferences.

How do you recruit trustees?

We used to advertise, but we didn't find it very useful. Now we decide on the skills we need, then identify people who would fit in and approach them.

What is the board talking about at the moment?

It's the old favourite: money and how to raise it. Later this year, we'll celebrate our 10th anniversary, so we're planning to mark it with some new fundraising activities.

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