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How healthy is your board’s governance?

07 November 2018

Take our governance health check or download a checklist to find out.

It’s easy to spot spectacularly bad charity governance when it’s reported in the news but what does good governance look like? Is there an objective standard charities can review their performance against or is it a case of the blind leading the blind?

Take our governance health check below to review your board’s performance against some of the Charity Governance Code (“the Code”)’s seven principles of good governance. We have also prepared a checklist which you can download below and use to review your charity’s governance against the Code.


Final Assessment
(0-16) Oh dear. Vitals not good! Get help quick!

The Code assumes that trustees are clear on the basics. As the Charity Commission says, it’s not an ‘optional extra’. Your board may needs some training and support!

Our governance checklist could assist in identifying the areas you feel you need most support with. Download the checklist below.

(17-34) Not bad, but you need to stay active!

You’re board are well on the way to good governance but there may be a few areas where you need to review your culture, policies and procedures.

Our governance checklist could assist in identifying the areas you may need support with. Download the checklist below.

(35-46) That’s pretty good! Well done!

You’re board governance is in rude health! The questionnaire only covered a portion of the Code, though, so we wouldn’t want you to get complacent! Our governance checklist will take you through all the principles in the Code in and could assist in identifying other areas you may need support with. Download the checklist below.


Thank you for taking our governance health check. If you feel like your board could benefit from considering how you might improve your governance further please contact one of our charity specialists who will be happy to help.

Gordon Reid: 01483 464224
gordonreid@barlowrobbins.com

Helen Harvie: 01483 464219
helenharvie@barlowrobbins.com

Kenji Batchelor: 01483 464248
kenjibatchelor@barlowrobbins.com

Governance Code checklist

Which version you choose to use will depend on the size of your charity. The Code itself recommends that charities with a typical income of over £1m a year, and whose accounts are externally audited, use the larger version and charities below this threshold use the smaller version.

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