Breast Cancer Campaign

Governance at the women's health charity

Breast Cancer Campaign
Breast Cancer Campaign

Who is your chair?

Isla Smith, who was previously a partner at the law firm Norton Rose and now concentrates her time on several non-executive appointments.

How many trustees are there?

Ten, none of whom is paid.

How often does the board meet?

It holds quarterly meetings, as well as an annual awayday to plan for the year ahead. A finance sub-committee meets before each board meeting, and the charity has a scientific advisory board that twice a year selects the research projects that are recommended to the trustees for funding.

How do you recruit trustees?

Through charity connections and trustee and staff recommendations. The retiring chair of the scientific advisory board is usually asked to join the board, ensuring it has a strong scientific presence.

What issues is the board talking about at the moment?

The charity recently launched the world's first national breast cancer tissue bank, so a key focus for the board is to ensure targets for the project are met and funding is in place to secure its future.

When was your last governance review?

Our lawyer and company secretary conducted the last review in September 2010 to ensure the board was aware of its commitments and responsibilities. The review concluded there were no governance issues.

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