More frequent communication between meetings is the number one factor that would improve board performance, a survey of trustees has shown.
The poll of 287 trustees by the charity board recruitment company Trustees Unlimited found that 55 per cent of respondents selected "communication between meetings could be more regular" in answer to a question asking how board meetings could be improved.
The same proportion of respondents, who were able to choose more than one answer from six, chose "meeting follow-up could be improved".
Thirty-six per cent of respondents chose "input could be encouraged from every trustee", and 26 per cent said meetings should be shorter.
The online poll, conducted with board members on the Trustees Unlimited database, found that 85 per cent of respondents said that governance had become more important in recent years.
Three-quarters of respondents said the ideal size of a board to ensure good governance was between five and 10 people. Twenty-one per cent thought that between 11 and 14 people was ideal, and 3 per cent said fewer than five people. Nobody said more than 15 members was ideal.