Governance

Charity trustee jailed for murdering fellow board member

Jonathan Christopher Stasiuk admitted murdering Gerard White after a number of minor disputes relating to the garden charity Lake Community Gardens

Hospice charity probed for a second time amid fundraising concerns

But the chief executive of Hospice Aid UK says the new inquiry is based on inaccurate accounts supplied to the regulator and it will be making a complaint

Former trustees who refused to hand over evidence ruled in contempt of court

Susan and Raymond Wright, formerly trustees of the Darren Wright Foundation, refused to help a statutory inquiry by the Charity Commission

Comic Relief appoints former trustee as its new chief executive

Alex Reid has stepped down from the charity's board in order to take up the role

NCVO membership up by 7 per cent last year

This means the number of members at the umbrella body has more than doubled in the past 10 years

Consumers' Association appoints former commission chief as chair

Sam Younger will take up the role at the charity behind the Which? brand on 1 January

High Court overturns ban on Extinction Rebellion public protests

The court ruled that the Met's decision to ban the protests was unlawful because they did not fit the legal definition of "public assembly"

Fourteen charity funders pledge to combat climate change

The organisations have signed the Funder Commitment, which ensures they distribute money in a way that seeks to combat climate change

Sophie Livingstone: Trustees have a duty to commit wholeheartedly to diversity

People are civil society's most important asset, and it is vital that charity boards are open to new ideas and perspectives

Consultation on Charity Governance Code launched

Running until the end of February, the launch coincides with the start of Trustees' Week

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Charities must do more to promote trusteeship to attract young people, says survey

Research from the specialist insurer Ecclesiastical shows that many young people would consider a trustee role, but that a large number know little about what it entails

Two leukaemia charities complete merger

Leuka and Leukaemia UK have combined under the latter's branding to try to create the UK's "most significant leukaemia charity"

Sarah Atkinson to leave Charity Commission

The director of strategy, policy and communications at the regulator will join the Social Mobility Foundation as chief executive in January

Regulator criticises Kick It Out for governance and staff welfare failures

The Charity Commission says there has been poor communication and a lack of training in governance and staff wellbeing at the anti-racism group for football

Penny Wilson: The five modes of ineffective governance

From interventionist and ineffectual boards to the indecisive, intransigent and impractical, this is how to set your board up to go wrong

Scope chair steps down because of ill health

Andrew McDonald has been a key figure in the transformation of the charity in recent years

Design Museum took out £3m loan to cover operating deficit

The charity's accounts for the year to 31 March say it had income of £8.7m, but spent £10.8m

Peter Stanford: Difficult subjects can be fertile ground for charitable work

Causes that are unpopular with the public can be a tough sell, but offer great opportunities for making a real difference

Simon Gillespie: Charities' good work risks being undermined by an 'accountability puzzle'

In order to restore public trust, the charity sector needs to take a long hard look at itself and where accountability really lies

British Heart Foundation chief calls for the sector to rethink its approach to accountability

Simon Gillespie says charities need to employ more effective mechanisms to convince people of their overall impact

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