As a charitable company limited by guarantee, we are registered with UK Companies House and the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Christian Aid now operates in Ireland through two new companies limited by guarantee, one in Northern Ireland and one in the Republic of Ireland, each registered as Christian Aid Ireland.
Our board of trustees provides us with a breadth of experience and expertise. Trustees contribute their time to help set and oversee the strategic direction of Christian Aid.
They review and comment on plans and performance, review any major issues bearing on the wellbeing of the organisation, and decide important new directions.
It is the trustees’ responsibility to approve formally our budget, annual report and accounts.
The board meets five times a year and consists of a chair; representatives of Christian Aid's committees for Ireland, Wales and Scotland; the General Secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland who is always an ex-officio member; and up to 15 other trustees appointed for their experience, knowledge and skills relevant to our work.
They are selected by our 41 sponsoring churches in Britain and Ireland at the annual general meeting.
All trustees are appointed for four years and are eligible for one further term. The board delegates some responsibilities to sub-committees of trustees, including a finance, investment and fundraising committee.