The Charity Commission recently paid tribute to the vital role that trustees play in good governance as part of its recent Trustees’ Week.
During the annual event, the Charity Commission also reiterated the fundamental roles and responsibilities provided by trustees, ensuring that the charities they serve continue to achieve their charitable purpose for the public benefit.
This year’s theme for Trustees’ Week focused on Stronger Charities through Good Leadership.
William Shawcross, Chairman of the Charity Commission, said: “We know the work of trustees is crucial to the success of their charities, and they often bear a considerable load. However, this Trustees’ Week we want to encourage trustees to keep doing excellent work – and remind them that despite the recent increase in focus, the legal burden hasn’t changed.
“We see great stewardship in our engagement with charities, often by trustees facing difficult and complex situations. Some of the best decision-making we have seen has been a product of having diversity on boards, meaning trustees can challenge each other and offer conflicting perspectives to ultimately achieve the best outcome for their charity.”
Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society, said: “Charity trustees make an invaluable contribution to society, helping support our local communities. From helping in a local parent teacher association to being on the board of a national charity, our trustees are helping to create a society that works for everyone.”
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