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Governance procedures at the Scottish learning disabilities charity

Who is your chair?

Retired businessman Alex Russell. He and his wife care for their grown-up daughter, who has Down's Syndrome.

Any other noteworthy trustees?

We don't go for big names or celebrities. We want our 15 trustees to have the right skills and a proper understanding of learning disability. Ten have someone in their family with the condition and we also have an advisory committee of people with learning disabilities.

How do you recruit new trustees?

About 10 trustees are recruited by the membership, most of whom have a learning disability or a family member who does. The remainder are co-opted to fill the skills gaps and ensure diversity.

Do you have board appraisals?

New trustees complete a development plan, with the chair and chief executive looking at their skills and what support they need. A twice-yearly self-evaluation includes anonymous questionnaires and group discussions.

What is the biggest issue you are currently grappling with?

Keeping on top of new policy developments such as individual budgets. We are also working on a supporter development strategy to get more younger families involved.


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