Help for Heroes

Governance at the charity for the wounded in Britain's current conflicts

Who is your chair?

Our chair is Haydn Parry. He's the chief executive of Oxitec - a biotechnology firm based in Oxford - and the brother of our chief executive, Bryn Parry.

How many trustees are there?

There are currently six. We find that the decision-making process is quick with a smaller number of trustees. They don't have fixed minimum or maximum terms, but two trustees have stood down in the past: the Conservative MP Richard Benyon and the former British Army chief, General Sir Richard Dannatt, left the board because of their political links. We want to keep the charity very separate from politics.

How often does the board meet?

It meets a minimum of four times a year and there are also special meetings, at which we commit to major capital spending.

How do you appoint new trustees?

We get recommendations from our patrons, or other trustees, and usually appoint people based on those.

What is the biggest issue the board is currently facing?

We are trying to make sure that the charity's quick reaction fund, from which we aim to release money within 72 hours in urgent cases, gets up and running smoothly.

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