Sam Younger, CEO of the Charity Commission for England and Wales has warned that trustees often fail to understand their duties and should receive regular training.

The Charity Commission chief was speaking in advance of Trustees Week, which runs until the 7th of November.

“Poor governance is sadly something we see regularly in charities, as a result of trustees failing to understand their duties; concerns about poor governance or poor trusteeship featured in 597 of our 1,374 assessment cases in 2011/12” said Mr Younger.

A survey of all applicants to the UK charity register found that a third of charities did not offer support or training to trustees.

Source: Third Sector