Board structure and responsibilities

Information about the structure of the Trustee Board and its role and responsibilities. 


The trustees provide leadership for NDCS and set the strategic direction of the charity, working closely with the Chief Executive and her team who implement the strategy.

The trustees are legally responsible for ensuring that the charity’s resources are managed prudently and that they are applied only to the charitable purposes set out in NDCS’s constitution. They must ensure that there is a framework of policies, systems and controls in place to manage the charity efficiently and well.

The Trustee Board has a maximum membership of 12 trustees, all unpaid. Of these, up to eight trustees must be parents or carers of a deaf child or young person and are voted onto the Trustee Board by NDCS members at the AGM.

In addition, there can be up to four trustees who are co-opted by the Trustee Board. These trustees do not have to be a parent or carer of a deaf child, but are appointed in order to bring relevant skills and experience to the Board.

The Honorary Chair of the Trustee Board is appointed by trustees from among their number and must be a parent of a deaf child or young person.

The Trustee Board has created three other honorary officer roles – Honorary Vice Chair, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Deputy Treasurer. Each of the honorary officers can serve for up to three years before seeking re-appointment by the Trustee Board.

Each year, a third of the parent trustees who have been in office longest since last election must offer themselves for re-election by the membership at the next AGM.

Parent trustees can serve for a maximum of three terms of three years, while co-opted Trustees can serve for terms of up to two years, to a maximum of nine years. 

After maximum service all trustees must have a break of at least three years before being eligible to stand for re-appointment.

The Trustee Board is supported by three sub committees:

  • The Finance and General Purposes Sub Committee oversees all financial and administrative matters in the charity, ensuring its financial health and operational viability, and that major risks are identified and effectively managed.
  • The Governance Sub Committee is responsible for ensuring that there is a framework of structures, policies and processes in place for the charity and the Trustee Board itself, and an appropriate skills mix on the Trustee Board.
  • The Services and Campaigns Sub Committee oversees the development of services for, and consultation with beneficiaries, and how NDCS can effectively influence policy makers, media, and the health, education and social care environment, to remove barriers for deaf children and young people.


Trustee roles and responsibilities

For more information on NDCS trustees roles and responsibilities please download the document below:


Terms of Reference NDCS Trustee Board

For more information on the Terms of Reference for the NDCS Trustee Board please download the document below: 


Code of Conduct for NDCS trustees

All trustees of NDCS are expected to comply with a Code of Conduct which sets out high standards of integrity and stewardship, to ensure that NDCS is effective, open and accountable.


National Deaf Children's Society Constitution

The NDCS Constitution comprises the charity's Memorandum, Articles and Rules.