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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The Charity Commission's implicit approval of charity accounts by virtue of posting them on its website without checking them first, is a threat to public trust in charities, says Dorothy Dalton
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.
All charities should, but most charities do not, ask potential trustees to sign a declaration about their eligibility for the post of trustee. This sample declaration form is an adapted and more detailed version of the declaration form for trustees which can be found on the NCVO website and which is used here with the kind permission of NCVO.
Risks must always be weighed up against potential benefits, says Dorothy Dalton.
The quality of board papers has an enormous impact on the quality of discussion and decision-making at board meetings and therefore the quality of governance.
Governance magazine editor, Dorothy Dalton, presents some possible ground rules for closed or private meetings of the board.