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09th September 2012

BBC highlights importance of good trustee training

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BBC Look East evening news has run a series of items this week highlighting charities and volunteer groups in the region. On Wednesday 2 September they looked at the running of charities and their financial budgets, particularly in the light of the recent collapse of Kids Company. One of the main points arising was the importance of charities supporting their trustees when they generate and approve budgets. Providing up-to-date training was identified as a key method of ensuring better financial and general governance by the trustees. We offer regular, free training seminars for trustees. Our most recent sessions, on the revised guidance for trustees issued by the Charity Commission, were held in Cambridge and Northampton in early July, and involved lively debates on issues affecting trustees, including: the core duties of trustees; the importance of good communication between staff and the board; dealing properly with conflicts of interest and loyalty; deciding how to deal with potential mismanagement by co-trustees; and the Charity Commission’s tougher approach to regulation. We will be holding more training seminars over the coming year, so if you are a trustee, and would like to attend, please email or call to enquire. For more information please visit our Charities service page, or alternatively contact Martyn Robinson on 01223 461155, or click here to email Martyn.