SOS Children's Villages

Governance at the charity for orphans

- Who is your chair?

Mary Cockcroft, managing director of Pagoda Consulting, a management consultancy firm, has been our chair since 2000.

- How many trustees do you have?

We have eight trustees. None of our trustees is paid. Each trustee is re-elected, generally every three years.

- How often does the board meet?

Four times a year.

- How do you recruit trustees?

Periodically, we review the skills that we have on our board to identify any weaknesses and gaps. We then try to recruit them through our personal and corporate networks in the charity.

- When was the last governance review?

In 2008. One trustee suggested setting up a system in which trustees could give feedback on each others' performances - but after discussing it, we decided not to introduce this.

- What issues is the board talking about at the moment?

We're talking about our strategy for the next five to 10 years, our reserves strategy and new international projects. We're also talking about the challenges in managing rapid growth. In four years, we have quadrupled in size, so we're discussing how to manage the resulting growing pains.

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