UK Youth

Governance at the youth development charity

The UK Youth board
The UK Youth board

- Who is your chair?

Bill Crothers. He is a senior civil servant in the Home Office and a crown representative appointed by the Cabinet Office. The role involves making sure the government gets value for money from suppliers it uses. Bill is also a school governor.

- How many trustees are there?

There are 18. None are paid, but we cover expenses.

- How often does the board meet?

Five times a year.

- How do you recruit trustees?

To recruit young people to our board, we use various methods, including our own networks. Other board members are sometimes recruited through the sectors they work in, when we feel the charity will benefit from a particular type of expertise. We always advertise trustee vacancies on our website, and more widely when appropriate.

- When was your last governance review, and what did it conclude?

When Crothers became chair In November 2010, we also appointed Charlotte Hill as our new chief executive. Together, they undertook a review that found the charity was effectively governed and there were a few areas of expertise we could add to the board.

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

It is looking at how we can generate fresh income and measure the impact of our work. Trustees are also discussing the development of a sustainable social investment model.

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