Rosie Chapman, the charity governance and regulation consultant, has become chair of the steering group responsible for the voluntary sector’s code of good governance.
Good Governance – A Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector was first published in 2005 and sets out the governance principles that voluntary sector organisations should follow. The guide is produced by a group of sector bodies, including the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Acevo and the Small Charities Coalition, and was last updated in 2010.
Chapman, a former director of policy and effectiveness at the Charity Commission, took up the role on 1 February. She replaces Lindsay Driscoll, who chaired the group for six years.
A spokesman for the NCVO said he was unable to confirm whether Chapman’s appointment signalled plans to update the existing guidance.
He said the unpaid role would entail championing the code’s principles and ensuring it continued to be developed in a way that was responsive to the needs of charities.
Chapman, who also serves on the board of the Charity Finance Group, said in a statement: "I am delighted to take over from Lindsay, who has done such a sterling job in overseeing the development of the code. It is amazing how much has happened in the charity world since the code was last reviewed in 2010."
Chapman said the current media and public interest in the sector offered challenges and opportunities: "We now need to have a big conversation and debate about the standard of governance our sector needs to aim for in the coming decade, what it will take to make a measurable shift and how we can use the code to raise the bar."
"I suspect that a discussion about board behaviours, culture and dynamics will form a key part of this debate, because good governance is about much more than procedures and processes."