Good Governance

Recent unfortunate events in the charity sector have focused on the Governance and Risk Management measures required to protect charities from mismanagement and the associated  risks.  Charities have grown from the hard work of inspirational leaders that have the passion to help others in a wide variety of sectors and what is increasingly evident is that they need to be considered and run as businesses.  They need to be sure that they have strong governance and risk management in place as well as the necessary and appropriate policies.

At Save the Family, about 5 years ago when I took over as Chief Executive, as an early priority, I identified the need to strengthen  governance.  Whilst we had a strong board of trustees, I knew we had the opportunity to build on this.

Using my business experience I  introduced four new strategic Board Sub Committees, each to be chaired by an appropriate trustee and with at least two trustees on each committee.  These cover Finance & Audit, Marketing & Fundraising, HR and Health & Safety and very importantly a Families Sub Committee.  The trustees who chair these committees take ownership of the agenda and running of these committees and provide a strong level of assurance and understanding of the operational day to day work of the charity

Alongside good governance there also needs to be an effective Risk Management Assurance Plan in place to ensure that the Board are managing the key risks to the Charity.

When I stepped down as the Chief Executive and returned to the Board of Trustees as Chairman, it was important for me to reinforce the disciplines of the new governance structure and that has ensured that the risks exposed by the collapse of Kids Company and those currently being managed by Oxfam and Save the Children have been mitigated and avoided. Save the Family is often confused with Save the Children and we have no connection with Save the Children or the issues they may have recently encountered.

The supporters and funders of Save the Family can be assured that the charity is properly governed and well led by a strong Board of Trustees.  Funders also need to recognise that good governance is a necessary overhead and allow for this when examining the financial overheads of a well  governed charity.  Your continued support is very much valued and appreciated.

John Church


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