Are you getting the most out of your trustee meetings?

11 Key Steps for Trustees, 1 Giant Leap for your Charity: Month 5

In step 5 of our governance guide for trustees, we are focusing on trustee meetings and decision making. Best intentions do not always equal good governance. Read this month’s article for tips on preparing for and participating in your meetings for the good of your charity.

Step 5: Trustee Meetings & Decision Making

The governing document of your charity will probably set out certain requirements around meetings, such as the frequency, notice periods, who chairs the meeting and how many people must be present in order for

the meeting to be quorate and the decisions held to be valid.

Did you know: Trustees are collectively responsible for a decision, even if you were not present or did not agree.

Arriving at your meeting unprepared is potentially short-changing your charity and could result in ineffective decision making, creating a risk to the charity and possibly you as a trustee. You only need to read a few of the Charity Commission’s updates to appreciate the issues arising from poor decision making.

Read month 5: Trustee Meetings & Decision Making

You can also read any of the previous four month’s articles below:

  1. Finding New Trustees
  2. Internal Financial Controls
  3. Collaborative Working and Mergers
  4. Investments