Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Governance at the women's health charity

Who is your chair?

Alistair Gornall. He was a close friend of the charity's founder, James Maxwell, who passed away in 2003. Alistair has been the chair for six years and we are reviewing whether he should carry on - and, if so, for how long. We'll make a decision next year.

How many trustees are there?

There are eight. We are planning to recruit a cervical cancer patient as a trustee in the next few months.

When does the board meet?

There are five meetings every year, but most of the trustees do other work for us as well. Two of them volunteer for our 'ask the experts' service, while the others help us with building up our contacts.

How do you recruit trustees?

Trustees are appointed by the chair after discussions with the whole board. Sometimes we advertise for new trustees on our website and, in future, we plan to use a trustee recruitment agency.

What is the biggest issue the board is currently facing?

We're in the middle of a strategic review, so we are having a lot of discussions in order to decide what our priorities for the next three years will be. We became an incorporated charity in May, and we rebranded this summer, so it's been a busy period for our trustees.

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