MSC Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees sets the strategic direction of the MSC, monitors progress and ensures the MSC meets its objectives. It is the governing body of the MSC, meets 4 times a year and has a maximum of 15 members. The Board is advised by the MSC Technical Advisory Board and Stakeholder Council.
Find out who is on the MSC Board of Trustees.
What does the MSC Board do?
The main activities are:
- Ensuring the MSC meets its charitable aims
- Approving and implementing the strategic direction of the MSC
- Ensuring that the MSC is financially secure
- Appointing new Board members and key MSC staff
- Appointing members of the Technical Advisory Board
- Publicly accounting for expenditure and income
How is the MSC Board organised?
The Chair leads the Board and is elected for a non-fixed term. The current Chair of the MSC Board is Will Martin. Two further trustees are elected as Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Finance Committee. The Chair of the Technical Advisory Board and both Co-chairs of the Stakeholder Council have a seat on the Board to ensure that these important governance bodies are represented in Board decisions.
There are 2 permanent committees within the Board:
1) The Finance Committee provides budgetary oversight of the MSC and meets 3-4 times a year.
- Jeff Davis - Finance Committee Chair
- Rupert Howes - MSC Chief Executive
- Will Martin - Chair of MSC Board of Trustees
- Mr Alfred Schumm - Co-Chair, Stakeholder Council
2) The Executive Committee of the Board meets between Board meetings and makes decisions as necessary in the interests of the MSC.
- Will Martin - Chair of the Board
- Keith Sainsbury - Vice-Chair of the Board
- Jeff Davis - Chair of the Finance Committee
- Rupert Howes (non-voting member) - MSC Chief Executive
Appointments to the Board
Trustees are chosen for their knowledge, expertise and support for the MSC. There is no formal membership structure, but it is recognised that the Board should be balanced with representatives from different sectors and geographical regions to reflect the broad mix of people who have a stake in the MSC's mission.
Trustees are nominated in a personal capacity, not as representatives of their organisations. They serve a maximum three-year term and may stand for reappointment.
The MSC adopted a Board Nominations Protocol in 2007. Potential new Board members are identified by existing members. Favourable references must be provided and there must be consensus amongst all Board members on the appointment of a new candidate.
Please email Richard Ryan, Governance Secretary, for further information on the MSC Board of Trustees.