Governance review for The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum has an income of around £2m a year and the trustees wanted a health check to make sure their governance arrangements were up to date, compliant and good practice.

We helped them with:

Modernised articles of association  incorporating good practice recommendations from the Charity Governance Code and the Accreditation Scheme for Museums.

Policies and procedures  looking at their operations we highlighted the essential policies and the optional ones to consider for good practice.

Trustees  we reviewed, updated and redrafted their code of conduct, conflicts of interest policy, role descriptions and scheme of delegation.

Members  we advised on the role of members, their rights and responsibilities, and gave guidance on meetings and resolutions.

The trading subsidiary had been set up a while ago, so we carried out a health check against the Charity Commission’s requirements, including new articles of association, a fresh framework agreement with the charity and gave tax and trading advice.

Risk management policy and register  once we understood the operations, we worked with the team to look at risk management, including a new policy and register.

We consolidated this into a governance handbook for the organisation and a board pack for the trustees  which will help with induction for new trustees. We then trained the board on the new arrangements to embed good governance.