Initial results from a governance survey by Acevo show that the majority of charity chief executives feel they should sit on their trustee boards, even though fewer than 5 per cent currently do so.
More than 300 Acevo members responded to the survey, sent out in May. It was part of a drive by the chief executives' organisation to seek a change in charity law to allow senior staff to sit on trustee boards without the permission of the Charity Commission.
"Although we have yet to properly analyse the feedback we've received from the survey, the initial findings reveal that chief executives are not satisfied with the status quo," commented Nick Aldridge, policy officer at ACEVO. "Managers need the Charity Commission to be more flexible in allowing executives to sit on boards, and they feel that it is time for a shake-up of the sector's current governance structure."
Full results of the survey will be announced at ACEVO's annual conference on 4 December.