Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees responsible for governing the Internet Watch Foundation.
We are a charity, and a company limited by guarantee. We are funded by the internet Industry, a grant from the EU Commission and the generosity of donors and supporters.
We are governed by a Board of 10 Trustees, which includes an Independent Chair, six Independent Trustees, two Industry Trustees and one Co-opted Trustee. The Board elects two Vice-Chairs, one from the Industry Trustees and one from the Independent Trustees. The Board monitors, reviews and directs our remit, strategy, policies and budget to help us achieve our objectives.
All of our Members nominate representatives to a Funding Council. The Funding Council elects three of its Members to represent industry views on the Board. Our Independent Board members are chosen by an open selection procedure following national advertising. No Trustee may serve more than six years.
All Trustees are subject to vetting including an enhanced DBS check.
We became a registered charity in December 2004 to improve our structure and accountability. In 2007, we engaged in an overhaul of our governance and consultation processes to ensure our Board of Trustees direct strategy in the best possible way and that other relevant stakeholder views are fairly represented. All of these processes are ongoing and consistent with maintaining our independent status.
Our governance arrangements are strengthened by a regular cycle of Board meetings and Executive meetings as well as an audit committee and an ethics committee reporting to the main Board. We continue to review and improve our governance and during 2009 we revised our constitutional documents in accordance with the provisions in the Companies and Charities Acts 2006. We regularly review and improve our governance documentation to ensure it meets current legislation and accurately reflects our independent status.
Minutes of the Board meetings are available to the Members upon request.