Acevo is launching a commission on governance, to be chaired by Derek Twine (pictured), the chief executive of the Scout Association.
Speaking about the commission, at today’s Acevo conference, Twine said he had been reluctant to join the commission as the subject had been "done to death". But he added that the Acevo commission would be different, in that it would not be about theories and principles and instead would find examples of good practice and make them transferable and sustainable.
The commission will consider the state of the governance in the charity sector and then make recommendations. It aims to report back in the spring/summer of 2013.
Its members are:
- Sam Younger (chief executive of the Charity Commission)
- Monica Shafaq (Sandwell Mind)
- Paul Martin (Lesbian and Gay Foundation)
- Michael Quicke (CCLA)
- Pat Armstrong (ACOSVO)
- Alexander Swallow (currently CEO of Young Charity Trustees and incoming chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition)
- Patrick McHugh (former group director at Sainsbury’s with experience on voluntary sector boards)
- David Fielding (attenti, recruitment consultants)
- Nick Young (CEO British Red Cross)
- Ruth Lesirge (visiting fellow at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness)
- Anne-Marie Carrie (CEO Barnardo’s)
Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo said: “Members consistently cite governance issues as amongst their top concerns. We know that when governance arrangements work well, they can form the basis for an organisation to excel. We also know that when governance arrangements don't work well, it can be a recipe for serious dysfunction. So I am delighted that we have such a strong group to look at how we can improve the state of governance in the sector.”