'The leadership, direction and supervision of an organisation'
Trustees have and must accept ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of a charity, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.
Trustee code of conduct
To avoid misunderstanding and to be clear about expectations, it is a good idea to have a code of conduct for trustees. This comprehensive booklet from CTN includes sample codes of conduct at the end.
Managing conflicts of interest
Trustees have a legal duty to act in the best interest of the charity and so if a decision mght be influenced by personal or other connected issues a conflict will arise. A conflict can occur when the charity is considering paying a trustee or someone close to them or when a trustee is faced with a decision that would affect another organisation or company which they have links to. Charity commission guidance on identifying and managing conflicts of interests is available here It is good practice for all trustees and senior staff to complete an annual declaration of interests form and for this to be a standing agenda item at the beginning of every trustee meeting. This ensures that trustees are reminded to disclose any potential conflicts of interest before items are discussed. A simple conflict of interests policy suitable for a small charity is available here.
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