The heart of what makes a charity a charity
is the fact that you have a voluntary board of trustees – ultimately volunteers for the
charity in a way. So I think that’s something unique and distinct so people are doing it
out of a personal desire and passion and it’s not motivated by financial remuneration or
anything like that. Charities couldn’t exist without trustees.
Not only is it a legal obligation however it’s a very good idea to have them in the
first place. That level of oversight and scrutiny is very important in our sector particularly
as a values driven sector where we embrace that it’s a good thing to have people there
to not only support us but as checks and balances. You need a group of people to have oversight
because it’s very easy when you’re sitting in the middle of things when your responsibilities
are for all these collected sort of associative things. It all has to come through some form
of – I use the word “audit” loosely – but it has to have an audit process or a process
so you can see from start to finish that we’ve done our best work absolutely to the rules
and more. They’re absolutely vital to the running of
every charitable organisation body in terms of just giving it that solid independent base,
scrutiny, accountability – that whole governance oversight of what is this organisation set
up to do, who is it serving and keeping it on track for who it’s meant to be serving. I think they’re crucial – whether it’s in
a third sector environment or a private sector environment – a board or board of trustees
are crucial just to provide oversight.