There are an estimated 180,000 charity trustees in Scotland. Charity trustees are the people in management and control of a charity and have legal duties to act in certain ways. We have powers to investigate and take action against trustees where appropriate; however, we currently hold limited or no information on the vast majority of trustees. Having powers to regulate charity trustees without knowing who most of them are can severely hamper our work.
We collect and keep current information for one Principal Contact for each charity - the Principal Contact will not always be a charity trustee, it may be an employee, an accountant or a lawyer.
Our view, based on our experience as a regulator is that collecting trustee details from all charities will give us valuable and relevant information to support the effective regulation of charities and communicate directly with trustees.
- What do we want to change and why?
We want the power to collect specific information to be held internally about all charity trustees:
- First Name
- Last name
- Date of Birth
- Charity Number
- Charity Name
- Home Address
- Data appointed
- Date Resigned
Having this information about charity trustees will help us in our range of operations. For example, when we are considering the use of our power to suspend or disqualify a charity trustee, we will be able to know if that individual is a trustee of any other charity.
We would also like to publish the first and last names of trustees on the charity’s register entry, in the same way as the other UK Charity Regulators: the Charity Commission for England and Wales and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
Information about a charity’s trustees is already listed in its annual reports and accounts, which are available on request from the charity – see section 1. We want to make this information easily accessible by listing the trustees on the charity’s register entry.