Governance and trustees
Governance is a vital component in the development of an organisation; whether small, medium or large. Understanding & implementing good governance for an organisation will allow it to:
- have a consistent & clear direction
- improve effectiveness
- provide leadership
- demonstrate clear accountability
Improving standards of governance has become a top priority for most organisations across the UK.
An organisation's values should be clearly defined, and run throughout the organisation; from your board meetings to service delivery. Having strong values in place can help you to:
- build relationships with stakeholders; including potential funders & beneficiaries
- work collectively as an organisation to meet your objects
- recruit staff & volunteers with similar ethics
Support Staffordshire can help with
- Choosing the right legal structure
- Developing your governing document
- Registering as a company
- Charity registration
- Governance for social enterprise
- Director and Trustee roles and responsibilities
- Supporting Chairs, Treasurers and Secretaries
- Understanding and managing conflicts of interest
This governance code lays out 6 key principles for achieving good standards of governance. The code explains the importance of these principles and the positive effect they will have on your organisation. It also explains the steps an organisation will need to take in order to improve its governance.
The code is a free resource, was designed specifically for voluntary and community organisations, and is presented in 3 versions:
- full code
- summary code
- code for smaller organisations
It is available to download now from www.governancecode.org.
- National Housing Federation Code of Governance
- International Framework: Good Governance in the Public Sector
- The NHS Foundation Trust Code of Governance
Charity Commission reading materials:
- Public benefit: The public benefit requirement
- Public benefit: Running a charity
- Public benefit: Reporting
- The Essential Trustee
- Internal Financial Controls for Charities (and the associated self-checklist)
- Managing Charity Assets and Resources: An Overview for Trustees
- Conflicts of Interest: A Guide for Charity Trustees
The Charity Commission for England and Wales is established by law as the regulator and registrar of charities in England and Wales. It aims to provide the best possible regulation of these charities in order to increase charities’ efficiency and effectiveness and public confidence and trust in them.
ICSA: The Governance Institute
ICSA: The Governance Institute is the international qualifying and membership body for the Chartered Secretary profession and the world’s leading authority on corporate governance.
Law Works Online Tutorials
Law Works is offering free online video tutorials focusing on legal issues faced by small organisations; these tutorials cover many governance issues.
Support Staffordshire Training offers a range of low-cost training for staff and volunteers in the VCSE sector so that they can strengthen their organisations and deliver quality support and services to their customers. Please visit our Training section to see the latest courses on offer from Support Staffordshire.
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