I Can

The governance set-up at the children's speech impairment charity.

Who is your chair?

Lady Elizabeth Vallance, whose academic background, knowledge of governance and links to education and youth justice are of great value.

Any noteworthy trustees?

The chairs of governors of I Can's two schools sit on the board, as does the chair of the Communication Trust, the coalition of charities working in children's communication.

How often does the board meet?

Five times a year at one of our schools or near our central office in London.

When was your last governance review?

When Elizabeth Vallance joined us about two years ago. We modernised I Can's charitable objects and have refreshed and strengthened our council committee structure, introducing nominations and remuneration committees.

What are your procedures for recruiting new trustees?

The nominations committee has conducted a skills audit, which we are using to guide trustee recruitment.

What is the biggest issue the board is currently facing?

I Can schools are national centres of excellence, highly rated by Ofsted, but they face major challenges in the light of pressures on local authority spending.

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