The RNID

How the hearing charity organises its governance

- Who is your chair?

Gerald Corbett, former chairman of Woolworths and chief executive of Railtrack, has been chair since November 2007.

- Any noteworthy trustees?

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the wife of Prince Edward.

- When and where does the board meet?

Four times a year: three times at the RNID's headquarters in London and once for a strategy day and evening dinner at the premises of one of our corporate supporters.

- When was your last governance review?

There was a detailed review in 2004 that reduced the number of trustees to 12 and made alterations to the terms of vice-presidents. There are ongoing reviews at meetings of the nominations committee.

- How do you recruit trustees?

Most are elected from and by the membership. Vacancies are advertised in the RNID's members magazine. The nominations committee also recruits trustees on the basis of skills audits. It advertises for skills it thinks the board lacks, interviews applicants and makes recommendations to the board for approval at the AGM.

- What is the biggest current issue for the board?

How to make progress on its five-year strategy in the current economic climate.

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