Charity Commission report on trustees urges greater diversity

first_imgCharity Commission report on trustees urges greater diversity Melanie May | 13 November 2017 | News  337 total views,  1 views today Men outnumber women trustees two to one, with 92% of trustees white, older and above average income and education, newly published research from the Charity Commission has revealed.The Charity Commission published its findings today (13 November), highlighting the need for charities to do more to promote diversity on their boards and encourage applications from women, young people and people from ethnic minority and socially diverse backgrounds.The report, Taken on Trust, the awareness and effectiveness of charity trustees in England and Wales, involved around 3,500 trustees and was commissioned by the Office for Civil Society and the Charity Commission, and delivered by a consortium led by Cass Business School and The Cranfield Trust.The research also finds that charity trustees, who are overwhelmingly volunteers, feel positively about their role and about the personal reward and satisfaction it gives them. It also highlights that trustees’ contribution to charities amounts to a monetary equivalent of around £3.5 billion a year.Key findings:71% of charity chairs and 68% of charity treasurers are menThe average age of trustees is 55-64 years; over half (51%) are retired75% of trustees have household incomes above the national median60% of trustees have a professional qualification; 30% have post-graduate qualifications71% of trustees are recruited through an informal processIn 80% of charities trustees play both a governance role and an executive role – they have no staff or volunteers from whom they can seek support70% of trustees are involved in charities with an incomes of less than £100k a yearTrustees report lacking relevant legal, digital, fundraising, marketing and campaigning skills at board levelTrustees are concerned about their skills in dealing with fraud and external cyber-attackTrustees seek support and advice from one another – 80% of all respondents regard this as their most important internal source of advice and support, with only 6% seeking guidance or training from an external providerOn average, trustees donate almost five hours a week to their trustee rolesThe report also recommends that guidance and support for trustees should be reviewed and enhanced and should draw on developments in digital technology.The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published a formal response to the research, which points to the growing importance of charities to our society, as charities perform a wide range of public functions – such as medical research and animal welfare – and take increasing responsibility for the delivery of public services.Helen Stephenson, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, said:“Trustees make a vital contribution to our society and communities up and down the country rely on their voluntary efforts. It is heartening that, despite the demands on their time and expertise, trustees are overwhelmingly positive about their role.“But there is no room for complacency about the state of trusteeship. Trustees do not reflect the communities charities serve. Charities are therefore at risk of missing out on the widest range of skills, experience and perspective at board level. Uniformity at board level also puts charities at risk by creating a culture of “group think” where decision making can go unchallenged – something our casework bears out. Diversity of experience, approach and personality helps guard against such problems and enables any organisation to foster a culture that is conducive to good governance.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis25 Also published today, as part of the same research programme, is a report by The Cranfield Trust and the NCVO, which examines the advice and support available to charity trustees. It finds that uptake of formal support by trustees is low, and that trustees report finding difficulty in identifying appropriate support.Amanda Tincknell, CBE, CEO of The Cranfield Trust said:“The study of organisations providing services to trustees and boards identifies opportunities, which are also highlighted in the survey of individual trustees. Informal trustee recruitment is the norm, and joining a board is a point when people becoming trustees could be most receptive to information and learning about the role.“Encouraging charities to use open recruitment approaches and improving signposting among support organisations will help trustees and the organisations they serve to develop their knowledge and skills. There’s a real opportunity to reach many more trustees and strengthen individuals and boards in their critical role.”  338 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis25 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: Charity Commission Research / statistics trusteeslast_img read more

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Limerick’s LaCucina is best in Ireland – again

first_imgTwitter FOR the second year running, Limerick and LaCucina have the best casual dining restaurant in Ireland. The duo behind the ever popular Castletroy based eatery, Lorraine Fanneran and Bruno Coppola, beat of some very stiff competition to take the crown at the gala awards night last week in Dublin.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The best of the best from the Irish world of food and wine were out in force and the six week judging process ended with the Limerick couple taking to the stage and with it the retention of the Irish title they won in 2010. “We just can’t believe it, this is amazing and we are over the moon. We just do pizza and pasta from our little place and we have won this brilliant title again,” were the words of Lorraine, the social media engine and front of house to the restaurant, while Bruno, chef and kitchen maestro, said that “it’s just brilliant to see the places that we have been up against and the fact we came out on top is a huge huge reward for all our efforts”. The subtle yet slick Italian themed eatery, often frequented by faces young and old including many players from both Munster and Ireland rugby teams, took the best casual Dining award over the eateries such as Farmgate, Cork; L’Olliver, Kildare and Mishi Sushi in Dublin. WhatsApp Advertisement Previous articleJudge Tom’s new chapter beginsNext articleStrong line up for Doonbeg Festival admin Facebookcenter_img Linkedin NewsLimerick’s LaCucina is best in Ireland – againBy admin – May 31, 2011 959 Email Printlast_img read more

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Mannings Bakery obtains festive Lidl contract

first_imgMannings Bakery has stuck a deal to supply 500,000 mince pies to Lidl this Christmas.The Dublin-based bakery, in Coolock, will be supplying the products to around 136 Lidl stores across Ireland.Made to a family recipe, the order will see approximately 11.5 tonnes of rich fruit, brandy filling, and around 20 tonnes of buttermilk shortrcrust pastry used to create them.Established in the 1950s, the firm supplies a range of shortcrust pies and tarts, traditional breads and confectionery to the foodservice, retail and in-store bakery sectors.Eamonn Manning, managing director, Mannings Bakery, said: “We have been crafting speciality breads and confectionery for over 50 years and are delighted to supply over 500,000 mince pies to Lidl in the run-up to Christmas. These mince pies will be baked daily in Lidl’s in-store bakeries, before being served to customers.”Claire Moran, communications manager, Lidl Ireland, added: “We have an ongoing commitment to working with our growing number of almost 160 Irish suppliers, to bring the best of local produce to customers at our 136 stores across the country.“We have invested significantly in resourcing our purchasing division, which now has over 60 staff, all dedicated to establishing and developing locally-sourced products, with an ever-expanding network of Irish suppliers like Mannings Bakery.”last_img read more

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Austria turns emotional after SMB win as wife undergoes kidney transplant

first_imgSan Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria turned emotional during the post-game press conference after the Beermen advanced to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals following a win over TNT Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Fajardo wreaks havoc as San Miguel ousts TNT, advances to semis UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m worried in this game, but I have to be credit to the boys especially JMF (Fajardo). He was so focused in this game. All of them. We followed our game plan to the letter. Thank you SMB, especially my players for giving this win.”Fajardo played like the reigning four-time MVP that he is, finishing with 35 points on 15-of-19 shooting from the field, 11 rebounds and two blocks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet PLAY LIST 04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Austria couldn’t hold back his tears after revealing that his wife Nanette underwent a successful kidney transplant just this afternoon.“First of all I want to praise God. I never had sleep last night because of my wife, she’s undergone a kidney transplant but [it was a] very successful operation for her and I know she’s watching right now. So Ma, I love you,” said Austria as he fought back tears.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAn emotional Leo Austria during the post-game interview. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“This afternoon I was called by the doctor that everything is okay and now she’s in the recovery room. Very successful,” he said. “Thank you to the doctor who helped us a lot in this kidney transplant. I never had a problem for so long but this time, so thankful to God because he still gave us the win and the players really played well.”The Beermen won by double digits, 106-93, but Austria said it was “the hardest game” they ever played against the KaTropa, who are still a powerhouse team despite being the eighth-seed. View commentslast_img read more

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