Reflecting on discussions by the trustee board
Our August board meeting consisting of the British Youth Council and members of our finance committee was an important one for us, as it rounded off summer and moves towards Autumn as planning which will see us host our virtual Annual Council Meeting. We do hope you can join us. To kick us off, we signed off our annual board report and audited accounts for 2022. These are legal documents made publicly available through our Charity Commission account every year. They give our supporters, members and the public an in-depth view of how the organisation operated this financial year, where our income came from and how we spent it. Our annual accounts are reviewed by our auditor Thomas Coombs, who we brought on board earlier this year. The accounts will be taken to the Annual Council Meeting in a couple of weeks for approval by our members and then published on the Charity Commission website. At the meeting, we were joined by our Head of Fundraising Rosie Milsom, who gave us a rundown of upcoming challenge events to get involved with. From 19-25 September we are running our Big Bike Challenge, where you can ride 83 miles in support of the British Youth Council, on your own or as part of a team. Our chair Sarah Staples will be getting stuck in and we would love to have you involved too! Register your interest for the Big Biking Challenge. We are pleased to share that for the first time ever, we have agreed as a board to set a trustee’s annual fundraising target of £10,000, encouraging us to use our competitive spirit to support the financial stability of our charity. We will be taking part in challenges led by our Head of Fundraising whilst also launching new fundraisers of our own too. If you have an idea for how you would like to fundraise for the British Youth Council let us know, we’d love to get involved and support you. Our Deputy Chair Osaro led a discussion on findings from our recent skills audit. The skills audit is a tool we use to understand where expertise lies across the board and what gaps we currently have which need to be prioritised through Trustee recruitment and development. As board, it is essential that we are equipped to represent different areas of the charity, with skills across finance, risk and people. Results from our skills audit are being used to inform our current round of trustee recruitment, to ensure we welcome a diverse range of experience and talent into the board. During this session we also looked at development pathways for our trustees and members, discussing ways we can better support young people to develop new skills and represent the charity in areas of their choosing. This is an ongoing piece of work, and we look forward to sharing these conversations with you in due course. We rounded off the board meeting with a kick-off strategy discussion. During the pandemic, we made the decision to extend our current strategy to offer a sense of continuity and retain focus during a period of austerity. As we now move into post-covid living, we are revisiting the strategy to ensure it is fit to support us through new challenges such as the cost-of-living crisis, whilst also supporting young people to have their voices heard on existing challenges such as the climate crisis, mental health and poverty. We kicked off the review by looking at our current values and aims as a charity, discussing whether they are still fit for purpose. We look forward to taking this work forward and opening these conversations up to our members to ensure the new strategy represents the needs of both the charity and young people. If you have any questions on what was discussed or would like to follow up, please do feel free to reach out to us.