Governance at the children's rights charity


Who is your chair?

Our chair has been John Hickman since Afrikids was established in 2002. He was initially appointed for a seven-year period. That has passed now, but the situation will be reviewed next year.

How many trustees are there?

There are five full members of the board and two associate members. There were only four full members until 2010, but a fifth was appointed in January to offer guidance on finance.

How do you recruit trustees?

Trustees are recruited from staff at the charity - so, for example, the two associate trustees who have joined were volunteers who had been helping out for some time.

How often does the board meet?

Quarterly. Trustees visit Ghana, where the charity operates, every two years.

When was your last governance review?

In January. As a result, we have decided to register as a company with charitable objectives, rather than simply a charity, partly because we plan to have a trading arm.

What's the big issue currently facing the board?

Afrikids Ghana, the charity's African operation, runs hospitals, so it is important to ensure that legal issues relating to ownership are in order.

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