What is the relationship between the board and paid members of staff?

The Charities Act and a charity’s constitution may prevent a member of the charity board from receiving any personal benefits. This is because of the potential for conflicts of interest. Therefore, it is possible for a member of staff to be a board member, or a director/trustee to be paid for services rendered, but only in limited circumstances. It is likely that Charity Commission consent will be required. In those cases, a conflict policy may be very useful, and attention paid to ensure there is sufficient number of independent or un-conflicted directors/trustees. If a trustee is to be paid for their professional services it is important that a proper tender (or, in the case of an actor on a board, audition) process is put in place to ensure fair selection.

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