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. Only our Founding trustee can be re-elected again after a second term – however, in practice, she has been re-elected until June 2022 when she will stand down. Skills and experience of trustees Between them, our trustees’ skills and experience include: Governance Art Therapy delivery and research Charity operations Parent experience (caring for a child with a chronic condition) Financial control and risk management HR and change management Strategic planning (business context) Brand management As two trustees plan to step down in 2022, we would like to appoint new trustees who bring skills and experience in 1) Financial control, 2) Charity operations and the wider public health/social care context, 3) Parent experience. (Note: If parents prefer not to serve on the board of trustees, they can contribute via the Service Advisory group which reports to the board – details below.) We usually advertise trustee vacancies on the Good Moves website. Induction of trustees This includes: Dialogue with the Chair of Trustees, Liz Kilpatrick, and CEO, Sarah Randell An opportunity to meet the other trustees and the staff team Visits to hospitals, community partnerships and sitting in on an online peer group session (with appropriate consents) to experience first-hand how our art therapy is delivered Facilitated Governance workshops Induction packs that include OSCR’s guidance for charity trustees, our Governance Policy, Trustees Conflicts of Interest Policy, Code of Conduct for Trustees, SCIO constitution, report and accounts, annual review, minutes of recent trustees’ meetings, strategic plan, fundraising plan and case for support we also organise an annual away day for trustees, with an external facilitator, in the first quarter of the year Trustees’ meetings and sub-committees Trustees meetings take place six times a year. 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 groups that give stakeholders a voice at board level – a Young Voices group and a Service Advisory group. Details are shared here. We also have a Fundraising sub-committee through which trustees support the fundraising team.