Big Board Talk – 15 questions trustees need to ask

The Charity Commission has issued an updated guide for trustee boards to help them structure review discussions about the way their charities operate.

The document, called Big Board Talk, consists of a checklist of 15 questions designed to help trustees demonstrate that they are responding appropriately to current and potential changes in the sector.

The guidance was originally published in 2009 in response to the economic downturn. A spokeswoman for the Charity Commission said the document had been revised but “the messaging remains the same”.

The regulator wants charities to use the checklist as a template to “help structure a discussion as an agenda item at your trustee meeting, away discussion or planning meeting”, the introduction to the document says.

The questions are grouped under four categories: strategy, financial health, governance and making best use of resources. To find out more about this updated guidance just click here.