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Governance expert provides advice for charity leaders

3 July 2013

Charities should ensure their chief executives continue to learn and develop, a governance expert has advised.

Ruth Lesirge of the Ruth Lesirge Partnership, which works with directors and leaders at third sector organisations, said the code of good governance stipulates trustees are responsible for the progression of their CEO and this is something they should be aware of.

Writing for news website ThirdSector, she claimed chief executives never arrive in their post fully formed and their development must not be overlooked.

Ms Lesirge pointed to a CEO's initial appointment as the ideal time for the chair to discuss this issue and set the appropriate budget.

She also believes chief executives should take part in an "annual professional learning programme", which should be based on the specific objectives of the organisation.

The governance expert claimed this will improve communication with the chair and make the yearly performance review process smoother.

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Categories: Charities, Commercial, Board & CEO


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