However effective, well managed and impactful charities are, in this climate they are not immune to cuts or closure, and an effective trustee board is crucial to a small and local charity and community group’s ability to survive. There is a reasonable expectation in the Charity Sector that charity Trustees must be rigorous in the way they manage their charities. This focus on governance, as a means of preventing charity failure and bad practice, should be welcomed by the sector as it will help us in demonstrating to the public, media, politicians and most importantly our supporters and beneficiaries the vital role we play in civil society. An effective Trustee Board is fundamental to a small charity’s ability to survive and thrive. Trustees have a central role in navigating a charity’s ability to deliver the services to the beneficiaries their charities exist to serve.