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Good Governance required for achievement of charity objectives COPE Scotland

Behaviour of board

Appropriate board behaviour can be defined as functioning in accord with the Board's roles and responsibilities.

This includes knowing the difference between governance and management.

Trustees of COPE Scotland see service as a responsibility of citizenship, and find enjoyment in such service.

Appropriate behaviour of Board members includes: Respect—for the organisation, the management, the contractors, the employees, and other members of the Board. and openness in the Board discussions and confidentiality.

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Structure of board

COPE Scotland Trustees have lived experience of the issues COPE Scotland seeks to address to ensure we are led by the voices of lived experience and, or, the skills and experience to ensure good governance is in place to meet the Charity Objectives.

Meetings of COPE Scotland are open apart from staffing subgroup meetings for transparency and to support ownership by members and stakeholders.

There are regular strategic planning and review meetings involving not only Trustees but others with an interest in the direction of travel for COPE Scotland who are committed to the principles of co design and production.

At COPE Scotland the Board works by reaching a collective understanding of the issues, dealing with the options, choosing one, and unanimously supporting the decision even if an individual initially voted against it.

Trustees are Team players, who join the board because they support COPE Scotland's mission and values. Board members do not participate to implement individual agendas but to help the organisation effectively meet its responsibilities.

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