Governance

As a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee which is also a registered charity, we are governed by a Board of Trustee Directors who all undertake their duties on a voluntary basis. They are the trustees of the charity for the purposes of charity law and the directors of the company for the purposes of company law.

The Trustees publish Annual Reports and Accounts. Recent reports can be seen here.

Our Trustees are ultimately responsible for all of the organisation’s affairs but their role is non-executive. They delegate the running of the organisation to a Chief Executive and an employed staff team. Doing this effectively, and acting as an expert resource, requires a mix of knowledge and skills that can be varied to meet changing demands.

Charity Commission guidance says that an effective charity “is run by a clearly identifiable trustee body that has the right balance of skills and experience to run the charity effectively; acts in the best interests of the charity and its beneficiaries; understands its responsibilities and has systems in place to exercise them effectively”. Our Board reviews its own make-up and effectiveness regularly and has systems in place to bring on new skills as needed while ensuring continuity.

What is the Board?

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the management and administration of AdviceUK. It makes sure our income is only used for the purposes agreed in the governing documents and is responsible for resources within the organisation. The Trustees must act in the best interests of the organisation at all times and ensure that the organisation stays within the law. Day to day management of the organisation is delegated to the Chief Executive and staff while the Board focuses on strategic issues.

The Board meets seven times a year and deals with issues such as the organisation’s budget, annual plan, staffing and remuneration and policies.

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