Also on Wednesday I attended a meeting of the NCVO Executive Committee. We spent some time discussing the new format for quarterly reporting to NCVO Trustees which relates all activity to the high level outcomes in NCVO’s strategic plan. This brought up the perennial problem of how to ensure Trustees are sufficiently informed about the work of the organisation to exercise their governance duties without swamping them with information. We looked at the idea of just reporting potential problems or areas for concern, the difficulties created by Trustees relying on staff to identify these and the converse danger of Trustees becoming too closely involved in operational matters. This seems to be an almost impossible balance to strike for most voluntary organisations – and certainly one we regularly debate with the VAN Board.
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