Governance and Statutory Breaches

Client: UK Registered International Charity

Scope: The Charity Trustees had a number of concerns about the operational processes as the Charity grew in its activities, around governance, finance and fundraising as well as day-to-day operations.

Engagement: Ashlynwood was engaged to undertake a detailed review of the Charity’s constitutional documents, minutes of Trustee meetings and discussions with Trustees and staff – our review specifically sought evidence of adherence to generally accepted Charity Governance best practices. Furthermore, Ashlynwood undertook a walk-through and review of policy and procedures documents available, minutes of Staff meetings and discussions with Trustees and staff, our review specifically sought evidence of adherence to established policy and procedures.

Outcome: Ashlynwood identified a number of breaches of the Charity’s governing documents which required immediate action: for example a lack of clarity over who the Charity Trustees are; as they are shown differently between the statutory filings between the Charity Commission and Companies House, as well as on the Charity’s website; the Charity’s accounts also lacked some statutory disclosures. Overall, a number of other operational matters were highlighted to the Trustees of the Charity, which required urgent action.

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