Who we are Governance In line with OSCR’s guidance, Trustees at Teapot Trust have collective responsibility for: strategic oversight maintaining standards legal and regulatory compliance ensuring proper financial controls risk management Our 7 trustees provide support in a non-executive capacity, as responsibility for day-to-day management sits with the CEO. Trustees have a duty to act collectively to deliver the charity’s objects and provide public benefit – reporting annually that they have paid due regard to these duties, to protect the charity’s assets and maintain its solvency and effectiveness. Essential reading for our charity trustees is OSCR’s (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator’s) guidance, Guidance for Charity Trustees. Fixed terms of office for trustees Our SCIO constitution, updated May 2021, stipulates that trustees can serve for 3 years and be re-elected for up to a further 3 at which point they must step down. Skills and experience of trustees Collectively, our trustees’ skills and experience include: Governance Strategic planning Art Therapy delivery and research Lived experience as a parent of a child with a chronic condition Financial control and risk management HR and change management Communications Changes in May 2022 At our May 2022 board meeting, the charity’s Founder, Laura Young, stepped down as a trustee having served on the board since the charity was established – and as Acting Chair for the last six months. An event will be arranged in the autumn to celebrate Laura’s huge achievements for Teapot Trust. The appointment of the new Chair, Ruth Girvan, was approved. Ruth is one of three new trustees who were welcomed onto the board in March 2022. Induction of trustees Induction includes: Attendance at a board meeting as a guest Meeting the staff team A visit to a partner hospital, community partnerships and/or sitting in on online art therapy to experience/witness the work with children and young people first-hand Induction packs comprise: Our story - why the charity was founded OSCR’s guidance for charity trustees Governance Policy Trustees Conflicts of Interest Policy Code of Conduct for Trustees SCIO constitution Annual report and accounts Annual review Strategic plan Case for support Fundraising plan Minutes of recent trustees’ meetings An annual strategy day is also organised Trustees’ meetings and sub-committees Trustees' meetings take place six times a year in alternate months. Throughout the pandemic, they have mostly happened on Zoom. The Finance sub-committee, chaired by a CA, meets monthly for financial scrutiny and control. (Full management accounts are produced every month.) We have two stakeholder groups that link into the board – a Young Voices group and a Service Advisory group. Details are shared here.