Charity Trustees – a comment

In relation to your post about the Trustees of Charities I would like to consider a further dimension of the situation.  Do the Charity Commissioners, or indeed anybody else, check what the connections might be between the executives of an organisation and any one, or all of the Trustees.  I have known of a Charity in which the Chairman of the Trustees was a previous client of the Chief Executive in a professional service.  Another in which a Trustee had worked with a Chief Executive in an earlier professional capacity.  It seems to me that in any matter involving conflict between the Chief Executive and an employee in these situations the latter would have very little, or any chance, of obtaining an objective and neutral resolution from the Trustees. At its worst this implies corruption.  So does anyone check?   




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