Trustees and Governance
Trustees (also called Directors) are responsible for the good governance of Jigsaw4u. Formal Board Meetings are held every 2 months but Trustees also engage in discussions and specific projects at other times as needed.
The Charity Commission sets out six key duties for charity trustees:-
- Ensure your charity is carrying out its purpose for the public benefit
- Comply with your charity’s governing document and the law
- Act in the interests of their charity and its beneficiaries
- Manage your charity’s resources responsibly
- Act with reasonable care and skill
- Ensure your charity is accountable
Jigsaw4u’s Trustee Board is fully committed to carrying out these duties. The Board sets the long term vision and direction for Jigsaw4u and promotes and protects its reputation and values. It does this by determining, monitoring and regularly reviewing Jigsaw4u’s strategy, operations and budget and by agreeing the key policies and procedures to guide its work. The Board works collectively as a team, in close partnership with the Managing Director (who also attends Board meetings) and through active staff engagement so decisions are not taken in a vacuum.
The 3 key priorities for Jigsaw4u trustees are:
- Safeguarding children and young people
- Ensuring financial sustainability for the charity
- Acting with high ethical standards – for themselves and staff
The Board regularly reviews Jigsaw4u’s Governance to ensure that trustees fully understand their roles and responsibilities and that the necessary procedures and policies are up to date.
It is expected that Jigsaw4u trustees will behave with integrity, will help safeguard and promote Jigsaw4u’s reputation and ensure high ethical standards. At each meeting Trustees are reminded of the need to declare any potential conflict of interests and where conflicts arise will withdraw from discussion.
The Board aim is to attract Trustees with a wide and varied range of relevant experiences and professional skills; currently these include: finance, regulation, social work, management, marketing, fundraising, business development, human resources and administration in the public (local and central government), private sector and the voluntary sector as well as a range of different life experiences.
The Board aims for Jigsaw4u to be open and accountable; consulting with staff about any significant changes to services or policies; listening and responding to the views of stakeholders; handling any complaints constructively and impartially; considering Jigsaw4u’s responsibility to the wider community. Jigsaw4u’s Annual General Meeting is attended not only by the Trustee Board and staff members but also by representatives of all key stakeholders including service users, service commissioners, sponsors and fundraisers.
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