Bristol Drugs Project

Governance at the charity that provides advice and support to people with drug and alcohol problems in the Bristol area

John Prior, chair, Bristol Drugs Project
John Prior, chair, Bristol Drugs Project

Who is your chair?

John Prior, who has been involved with the Bristol Drugs Project for the best part of 10 years.

How many trustees are there?

We have 12 trustees, who are all volunteers.

How do you recruit trustees?

We periodically review our skills mix and see whether we feel we need people with skills we don't currently have. One of our most recent trustee appointments is a retired GP, because we felt we needed to increase our clinical governance capacity.

When does the board meet?

The board meets every six weeks. Trustees are also all members of one or two subcommittees. One is finance and general purpose; the other is an internal audit committee.

When was your last governance review and what was concluded?

Our most recent governance review was last year. Because of the changes made by the Charities Act 2006, we did a fundamental overhaul of our articles of association.

What issues is the board talking about at the moment?

We have created volunteering roles for beneficiaries, giving them vital experience to help them move on in their lives, but also to act as role models. We're currently looking at what we should do to grow that side of our activities.

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