Lindsay Driscoll to chair good governance code steering group

Former Charity Commission legal commissioner will oversee project

Former Charity Commission legal commissioner Lindsay Driscoll has been appointed chair of the steering group for the code of practice on good governance.

The code is designed to provide charities with an easy-to-use practical guide to governance.

The steering group that oversees its development includes representatives from the NCVO, chief executives body Acevo, Charity Trustee Networks and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Driscoll, a consultant at solicitors Bates Wells & Braithwaite whose previous roles include head of legal and governance at the NCVO, said the code needed to "further reflect the diversity of the sector and the increasing need for strong and accountable governance".

A statement from the steering group said: "Feedback from the code's users tells us that the overarching principles work, but people would find it easier to use if there was more distinction between the principles and the way they are put into practice in each organisation.

"The principles need to be accessible and flexible enough to respond to the needs of different parts of the sector. Clearly, all this is going to require extra resources, and the steering group is currently looking at various funding opportunities."

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