11 Feb 2016
Dorothy Dalton is editor of Governance magazine and a governance expert. She was the first chief executive of Acevo, holding the position from 1992 to 2000. She also founded the Network of Women Chairs and co-founded Groundbreakers, a support group for female chief executives in the voluntary sector.
She was a non-executive director of the Inland Revenue and has been a judge at the Charity Awards for several years.
In a voluntary capacity Dalton has been a trustee of several charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care and regularly participates in fundraising expeditions for JoLt, the Journey of a Lifetime Trust which arranges overseas expeditions for disadvantaged or disabled young people.
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A finance committe will take delegated responsibility on behalf of the board of trustees for overseeing all financial aspects of the charity so as to ensure short and long term viability and report back to the board accordingly.
The role of the chair of trustees has evolved over the last decade, as indeed has governance, so it is important to use a job description which has kept up-to-date with these changes and which reflects the greater emphasis on leadership, strategy, risk, accountability and performance.
This model job description is written for trustees of larger charities but will be of interest to trustees of smaller charities although much of the detail will not apply to them. When adopting model documents it is important to tailor the model to reflect your charity, its needs and its stage of development.
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