Our governance structure


The trustees are elected annually by the membership at the AGM. The trustees elect a chair from amongst themselves.

The trustees are the legally responsible group of individuals with the collective duty to ensure that the network:

  • pursues the objectives stated in the constitution and the mission statement
  • uses its resources (money and people) exclusively to pursue those aims
  • acts in the interests of those who are intended to benefit.

The role of the trustees is to:

  • ensure compliance with relevant laws (charity, employment, health and safety, data protection, child protection, equalities, tax)
  • set the strategic business direction of the network
  • formulate medium and long term plans, including succession plans for key managers
  • ensure financial stability
  • assess and manage risks
  • appoint the management
  • hold the management to account