Governance

Find out how Sense Scotland is managed and supported by key groups.

Our governing body is known as the Board of Trustees (the Board) and comprises of between 10 and 15 trustees at any one time meeting a minimum of four times each year. The Board has established four sub-committees as follows:

 

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Current Trustees

  • Roy Cox - Chair
  • Neil Farquharson - Vice Chair
  • Gerry Seenan - Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee
  • David Newton - Legal
  • Duncan Tannahill - Chair of Audit and Risk Committee
  • Isobel Allan - Trustee and member of Audit and Risk Committee
  • Usman Rehman - Trustee and member of Nominations Committee
  • Gary Simpson - Trustee and member of Nominations Committee
  • Angela Clements - Trustee and member of Finance Committee
  • Ann Gee - Trustee and member of Finance Committee
  • John Richards - Trustee and member of Audit and Risk Committee
  • Colin Hetherington - Trustee and member of Audit and Risk Committee
  • John McMillan - Trustee and member of Finance Committee
  • Suzanne Clark - Trustee and member of Audit and Risk Committee

Trustees are normally appointed for a four-year term. The Chief Executive and Directorate attend all Board meetings and are informed of decisions made by Trustees. Minutes from the Board  meetings are circulated to Leadership Team members.  All Leadership Team members meet as a minimum twice a year with Trustees.

In addition, two further groups influence and inform decision making at Sense Scotland:

Partnership Forum

The forum consists of Unite trade unions representations, staff representatives and senior management.  The aim of the forum is to work together to ensure the success of the organisation and to tackle and solve problems and workplace challenges.

Our Voice Group

The group meets in regions across Scotland and nationally comprises of those who use our services. They contribute to our planning and strategy, discuss any issues that they have about our services as well as representing the concerns of all people who use our services across the country.

Constitution

Sense Scotland is a charitable company incorporated as a private company limited by guarantee. The sole member is Sense (formerly The National Deafblind & Rubella Association) which itself is a charitable company incorporated in England. Sense Scotland was established as a charitable company in November 1993 and is governed by a Memorandum and Articles of Association under the Companies Act 2006.