Friday, 8 January 2016

Why charities shouldn't shudder at the thought of a governance review

If you had suggested a governance review to a chair of trustees at a charity this time last year, they would have most likely responded with something along the lines of, “Yes, good idea, we must have a look at that at some point in the future.”
Things feel rather different now. The sad and very public demise of Kids Company has been followed with a flurry of post-mortems from sector worthies and tabloid columnists alike – most of which have pointed to a perceived weakness in the charity’s governance. People who sit on, or work with, boards have told me of an almost universal sentiment at their latest meetings, with questions like “Could that happen to us, as well? Are we, as a board, getting it right?”

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