Our role and how we work
Our role as Trustees is to support NatCen by providing strategic
direction and ensuring that its work is in line with its key
purposes set out in its charity objects: "the advancement of
education through research into the social political and economic
sciences, the dissemination to the public of such research and for
educational purposes incidental thereto".
Our key duties are:
- To ensure that NatCen complies with its stated commitments,
charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or
- To ensure that NatCen pursues its objects as defined in its
Memorandum of Association.
- To ensure that NatCen uses its resources exclusively in
pursuance of its objects.
- To contribute actively to the board of trustees' role in giving
firm strategic direction to NatCen, setting overall policy,
defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance
against agreed targets.
- To safeguard the good name and values of NatCen.
- To ensure the effective and efficient administration of
- To ensure the financial stability of NatCen.
- To protect and manage NatCen's property and to ensure the
proper investment of the charity's funds.
- To appoint the Chief Executive and monitor his/her
We bring a wide range of skills and experience to our role, from
the commercial, not-for-profit and academic worlds. We meet as a
Board three times a year at NatCen's offices in London, Edinburgh
We also meet as a Board for away days at least once a year. We
also carry out our work through a number of sub-committees:
- Audit Committee: responsible for scrutinising financial and
compliance reports and ensuring that NatCen has appropriate
policies and controls in place.
- Nominations Committee: responsible for selecting and appointing
- Remuneration Committee: responsible for setting the
remuneration of the Chief Executive and senior staf