Governance at the charity that works to secure a healthy environment for birds and all wildlife

Who is your chair?

Ian Darling, a chartered surveyor with a long history of involvement with conservation organisations.

How many trustees are there?

We have a council of 24 trustees, which meets quarterly. This includes the chairs of our advisory committees for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Any noteworthy trustees?

Kate Humble, the wildlife and science TV presenter, is our new president and so becomes a trustee.

When was your last governance review?

We are currently looking at governance procedures but the last substantial review was in 1996, when we revised the charter and statutes.

How do you recruit trustees?

All trustees are elected on a rotational basis by the membership at the AGM each year. Both members and the council can nominate candidates.

Do you carry out skills audits?

Yes. Our approach to appraisals is currently under review.

What is the biggest issue the board is currently facing?

Ensuring the long-term sustainability of the organisation in the current financial climate. Conservation-wise, it is climate change and its impact on wildlife and people.


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