29 Oct 2013
St Andrew’s Healthcare, one of the largest charities in the UK, has been told by commissioners that calling itself a social enterprise will help it win contracts.
While more often considered from the perspective of an employee, what do you do if you believe you've uncovered some significant wrongdoing, perhaps involving other trustees or senior members of staff. Where do you go, who do you raise it with, what is the appropriate procedure for dealing with it?
Martin Farrell discusses why many of us, whether we are trustees, chairs or chief executives, need support networks.
Big Society indeed. Big bucks for the big players and let the rest of us, operating diligently and frugally, eat dust. I hope this story keeps its legs and congratulate those who continue to dig.
The Companies Act 2006 represents a significant reform of UK company law. The Act, the "largest Act ever", is being implemented in stages; a number of the key provisions are already in force.
Most trustees know that being "in breach of trust" raises the possibility of being personally liable. What exactly is "breach of trust" and in what circumstances does this lead to personal liability?
There is much misunderstanding – and some scepticism – around vision and mission statements, says David Saint. Are they both necessary? What's the difference anyway? And don't such statements just get put on the wall, then ignored?
While the vast majority of trustees are engaged, courteous, effective and contribute a great deal of their time and energy and expertise to the cause, all on an entirely voluntary basis, there are exceptions. The "self-important trustee" is one such example.