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The strategic direction of a Development Trust and management of the executive director is the responsibility of the Board. They should see themselves as ultimately responsible - not as an advisory group to the staff.

  • Board members are personally responsible for ensuring that the Trust fulfills its objectives. While they may be appointed by other member organisations, they must work as a team for the benefit of the Trust.
  • Since the Board of a Trust will be drawn from a range of different interests it will take some time for them to find a common style. Agreeing a mission statement can provide a good focus for developing common priorities and principles.
  • If a major funder is involved in setting up the Trust they may provide guidelines on Board composition and area of operation.
  • As well as developing the Trust's business plan with the executive director, the Board must review it and check that the Trust work programme falls within the plan.
  • The Board should receive regular financial and project reports from the staff and ensure that the Trust is solvent.
  • Board members must understand relevant legislation.
  • Board members will have an important role in maintaining contact with key interests in the community.


  • Does the Trust have a mission statement which has been developed and agreed by the Board?
  • Does the Trust conform to funder or other guidelines on: its memorandum and articles? composition of the Board? area of operation?
  • Do the Board understand and implement: their responsibilities under the Companies Acts and Charities Acts? the Trust's policies? an equal opportunities/anti-discriminatory policy?
  • Does the Board review the Trust's business plan?
  • Does the Board receive regular financial and project reports?

© David Wilcox Tel +44 (0)1273 677377. Fax: +44 (0)1273 677379. These information sheets may be freely distributed with this attribution, but not republished as a whole. Partnerships Online : The Guide to Development Trusts and Partnerships: other sheets

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