Small Charities Coalition

Governance at the training and support group

Who is your chair?

Debra Allcock Tyler, chief executive of the Directory of Social Change, was persuaded to become the SCC's first chair by its founder, Patrick Cox, early in 2008.

How many trustees are there?

Nine. Two have founded and run charities, and many are also trustees of small charities.

When does the board meet?

The main board and its two sub-committees - resources, and marketing and fundraising - meet every two months.

Is there anything unusual about your governance?

Over a nine-year period, the board is completely replaced. We think this is good practice. We also have a governing body code of practice and role description.

How do you recruit trustees?

Our founder cajoled, twisted limbs and stopped just short of bribery. In future we will advertise, as well as encourage people to apply who we feel might be interested. Potential trustees are interviewed by at least two trustees and the chair.

Do you carry out skills audits and board appraisals?

We carried out a skills audit when the board was established and any new trustees will also go through this process. We are currently developing an appropriate system for board appraisals.

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