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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

A well-run board understands its role, powers and duties, and works collectively and proactively to achieve its organisational purpose.

As the board, we should work together as a team, with an appropriate range and balance of skills and experience, to continually improve the governance of our organisation.

We will achieve this by doing the following:

  • Understanding our organisation’s values and purposes, legal structure and governing documents, and making sure we act in line with them.
  • Setting and monitoring the strategic direction of our organisation.
  • Regularly reviewing our performance and the skills on the board.
  • Developing and improving our capability through ongoing support and training.
  • Having a clear plan and process in place for replacing trustees when their time on the board comes to an end, and making sure this is linked to the strategic direction of our organisation.
  • Following any rules for how trustees are elected and how long they serve.
  • Having a clear and well-timed recruitment and induction process for trustees.
  • Identifying, and putting into practice, opportunities for diversity and representation on our board.
  • Putting equality, diversity and inclusion at the centre of how we work.
  • Making sure that meetings are well-organised, well-informed and effectively chaired, and that people actively take part.
  • Making sure we use our meetings to explore important issues and make informed decisions that are recorded and acted on.
  • Communicating with those who have a legitimate interest in the work of our organisation.
Last modified on 10 January 2024
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