Victim Support

Governance at the charity for people affected by crime

Sarah Phillips
Sarah Phillips

Who is your chair?

Sarah Phillips. She has been involved in local volunteer work for the charity all her adult life. She is also president and chair of the MS International Federation, which works on behalf of 45 national MS societies worldwide.

How many trustees are there?

We have 12 trustees, none of whom is paid.

When does the board meet?

There are six board meetings a year, and there is also at least one strategic workshop.

How do you recruit trustees?

We recruit both internally and externally. We are constantly looking at the skills we need on the board to improve the help and support we give to victims and witnesses of crime.

When was your last governance review?

Our last review was more than two years ago, when we switched from being a federation of 77 smaller charities to one national charity.

We are now conducting a further governance review. An important element of this is to look at ways in which we can strengthen our local focus and involve volunteers.

What issues is the board talking about at the moment?

We are looking at how we can build partnerships with other charities and agencies, and involve the private sector to help us to innovate in our service delivery. The board is also talking about how the charity can become smarter in reaching out to younger victims and witnesses through the better use of technology.

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