Who is your chair?
Professor Victor Patterson, a retired neurologist from Belfast. He does a lot of voluntary work in Nepal, Sudan and India, liaising with hospitals and setting up health camps.
How many trustees are there?
We have seven trustees. They are unpaid but we cover expenses as requested.
How often does the board meet?
Both the board and the finance committee meet every three months, and more frequently if relevant issues arise.
How do you recruit trustees?
Through word of mouth and advertising. Once an interest in joining the board has been expressed, the candidate's CV is put to the existing board members and an interview takes place. After the interview, the candidate may be invited to join at the next meeting.
When was the last governance review?
It was in July. The board considered its composition and talked about whether to recruit additional trustees with certain skills to complement the work of Childreach International. This work will be examined at the next meeting and new trustees might be added.
What issues is the board talking about at the moment?
Risk management and the expansion of the risk register, with special attention being paid to our overseas offices, as well as diversification of funding streams.