Adoption UK is a charitable trust, the work and management of which is overseen by a Board of Trustees. A minimum of three Trustees is required by the Trust Deed, which does not restrict the maximum number of Trustees in office at any one time. Trustees can serve for two consecutive periods of three years, before having to resign from the Board for at least one year. Trustees are not paid for carrying out their duties.
The Board of Trustees meets four times a year to review the organisationís work and services, and to agree strategic goals for the charity. The Board also reviews its own operation, effectiveness and governance.
A Finance Committee, comprising three Trustees, has specific responsibility for the organisationís strategic financial planning and development and for monitoring the charityís financial situation. It meets at least quarterly, with the Chief Executive, Finance Manager and Director of Adoption Support in attendance.
A Human Resources Committee, comprising three Trustees, has specific responsibility for:
An annual review of the recruitment needs of the Board of Trustees is carried out under the leadership of the Chair, including an audit of the current knowledge, experience, skills and abilities, and how they will be affected by any Trustee departures in the future.
Any Trustee vacancies are advertised nationally, including as a minimum Adoption Today magazine and Adoption UKís website. Applicants are shortlisted against the criteria in the person specification for the role of Trustee, including any specific qualities highlighted during the above audit. Shortlisted applicants are invited for interview by at least two Trustees, one of whom will be the Chair. Shortlisted applicants are only appointed where they have the necessary skills and qualities to contribute effectively to the charityís management and development.