Trustee board meeting in July

This was our first board meeting since the departure of our Chief Executive Officer, Sally Polanski. We were delighted to welcome as an observer our incoming new Chief Executive Officer, Jessica Sumner, and, as a guest speaker, John Thacker, senior partner at our accountants, Chariot House.

The Board discussed recent developments and, in particular, the ongoing discussions with the NHS Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group with respect to our and the voluntary and community sector’s funding beyond September 2017. We also discussed plans for our next Annual General Meeting, which will be held later this year in Adur and Worthing at a date to be confirmed.

The annual accounts for 2016-2017 have been completed and our members will be asked to receive these at the Annual General Meeting. The accounts show another successful year for the organisation both financially as well as in terms of the difference we make. John Thacker confirmed that he is fully satisfied with our current financial position, but, as previously recognised by trustees, it is clear that there are funding challenges ahead.

John provided the Board with a broad assessment of the position currently facing the voluntary and community sector and, in particular, the continued focus on improving governance. He particularly recommended that all charities should look carefully at the recently refreshed Charity Governance Code.

Trustees continue to look at ways to secure our long term future and, in particular. to build on the partnerships recently developed with groups in Adur and Worthing and through the Routes project. We’re currently exploring further opportunities for partnership working including a potential joint project with the East Sussex Credit Union to develop access to loans for local voluntary and community organisations.

Trustees again commended the work and commitment of the staff team through a period of uncertainty and change.

Written by Cliff Robinson

 

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