Head of Charities, Benjamin James, was invited to provide comment by Charity Times on a recent survey by Cass Business School and Cranfield Trust, which found that up to 25% of trustees are thinking of stepping down as the result of pressure and compliance demands. It also considered why this could have detrimental effects on the governance of charities going forward. Benjamin states that it is important for trustees to have a harmonious working relationship, which could be disrupted if the recent survey is accurate. The role of a trustee is extensive to say the least and Benjamin states that “A trustee’s work is never done, just when you have data protection under control, cyber security will rear its head, when that is finished, a harassment query will spring to mind, the budget is reoccurring and ethical investment is not far behind.” The sudden loss of trustees to any charity could rock the allegorical boat and disturb the balance between the skills that are required at board level.
This article was first published in Charity Times in November 2017.