John Williams, chair of the Association of Chairs, has written a blog examining the most common failings of charity boards. He said: “It is clear that in some areas and in some charities, there is a governance gap between current practice and best practice, what we should do and what we actually do, that raises the risk of any of us being the next Kids Company.”
His seven deadly sins of poor governance are:
No formal board evaluation
Lack of finite terms of office
Not enough attention to sustainability and risk
Skimping on trustee recruitment
Lack of engagement between meetings
Lack of respect, especially for the senior management team
No investment in induction and training
Of course, if you turn these on their head then many of them chime with NGA’s good practice guidance which is only available for members to NGA to access.
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