Unicef UK

Governance arrangements at the children's charity

- Who is your chair?

David Stanton. He was first elected to the board of trustees in July 2004. He has also served on the executive boards of Unesco and the World Bank.

- How many trustees are there?

There are 14 trustees and two youth advisers, aged 18 and 19. None of our trustees are paid, and they serve three-year terms that are renewable to a maximum of six years.

- When was your last governance review?

April 2007. As a result of this, we outlined a 'framework of delegation' that detailed the respective roles and responsibilities of the board and management committee.

- How do you recruit trustees?

The chair and treasurer positions are externally advertised. For other trustees, nominations are considered by the board and recommended to the membership at the annual general meeting.

- Do you carry out appraisals?

All trustees complete a governance questionnaire every year and we carry out an annual appraisal of the board as a whole. There is also an annual presentation by our legal advisers to ensure trustees are aware of their responsibilities.

- What's your biggest issue now?

To agree a five-year strategic plan to ensure growth and development in a changing competitive, political and economic environment.

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