Structure, Governance And Management

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Board of Trustees directs and oversees the organization in accordance with its statutory obligations. The Trustees of Islamic Relief Worldwide consider, both individually and collectively, that they have at all times acted in a manner that they consider will be most likely to promote the success the charity in meeting its aims and objectives as set out in its governing documents and in ensuring its long-term security.

STRATEGIC PLANNING AND GOVERNANCE

Focusing on strategic planning and governance, the Board sets our priorities and objectives. It evaluates our performance and the progress of our work to alleviate poverty and suffering, and approves relevant new policies and procedures. The Board appraises the executive management team and is involved in making appointments to and dismissals from this team. The Board of Trustees works with key stakeholders and makes sure that we satisfy our regulatory requirements as a charity.

NUMBER OF ISLAMIC RELIEF PARTNERS

Representatives of a number of Islamic Relief partners are included on our Board, thereby enabling us to secure a high level of skills as well as valuable diversity of experience and expertise from our global network.

FOUR-YEAR GOVERNANCE REFORM PLAN

Islamic Relief Worldwide is almost at the end of a four-year governance reform plan. This will see many of our partners being represented on our new International General Assembly as well as be eligible for election to the Board of Trustees. It will also see Islamic Relief partners commit to membership criteria which further cement the ethos, values and standards of Islamic Relief as a global family of members.

RECRUITING AND APPOINTING TRUSTEES

Each member of our Board of Trustees is a volunteer, chosen because they have the range of skills, knowledge and experience that we need to respond to key challenges. Trustees may be nominated by partners and stakeholders. From 2020 onwards, we are on course following our governance reforms to transition to a Board that will more than double in size and will be elected by our global family through the new International General Assembly.

WELCOMING AND TRAINING TRUSTEES

A comprehensive induction process and ongoing training in new or emerging areas of responsibility ensure we benefit from a professional and appropriate Board. New trustees receive a full overview of our strategic and operational functions, as well as a welcome pack, which includes a copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association, the financial statements, Board minutes, the Charity Commission guidance ‘The Essential Trustee’ and recent publications. We will also assign a mentor to help them settle into the role. We actively encourage trustees to identify any training they may need, and our CEO keeps trustees up-to-date with training opportunities and changes in regulatory standards. We continually evaluate the Board’s effectiveness. The Board of Trustees receives regular performance reports, annual financial reports, plans and budgets.

KEY PERSONNEL

The CEO is accountable to the Board of Trustees and, along with other senior staff, is responsible for our day-to-day management. The CEO chairs the executive management team, which is made up of division directors. Division directors make sure that the policies and strategies agreed by the Board of Trustees are implemented, and they also support the work of other staff and volunteers.
A full list of trustees and key personnel is given in the corporate directory on page 92.

REMUNERATION POLICY

We strive to attract and retain talented individuals based on their passion, commitment, values, knowledge, skills and experience. Whilst the financial dimension is not the foremost basis for engagement, we are keen to pay our team appropriate salaries. As such, our remuneration principle is to be market relevant, not market driven – so we position ourselves in the median quartile of benchmarking exercises. Our remuneration model is designed to be cost-effective and sustainable, and in line with our determination to be “lean”, to maximise the amount we spend on our programme work. We also recognise that attracting and retaining the best talent requires sufficient flexibility to allow for a case-by-case consideration for particularly exceptional talents, hard-to-fill roles and top performers. By using the steps within a set grade range, we can apply this flexibility while maintaining the integrity of the wider grading system.

GOVERNING DOCUMENT

Islamic Relief Worldwide refers to the charity incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales. Islamic Relief Worldwide’s governing document, known as Memorandum and Articles, was originally dated 14 March 1989 and amended on 9 August 2010 and the Objects amended on 16 March 2020 to reflect the education, advocacy and broader work of Islamic Relief Worldwide rather than the original ‘alleviation of poverty.’ Islamic Relief Worldwide is also registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales and with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

TIC INTERNATIONAL LTD

TIC International is a trading subsidiary of Islamic Relief Worldwide. It supports our fundraising activities by recycling clothes and running charity shops across the UK.

INTERNATIONAL WAQF FUND

This is a subsidiary of Islamic Relief Worldwide and also a registered charity that undertakes waqf (Islamic endowment) activities. (see page 50 for more information)

ISLAMIC RELIEF MAURITIUS

Islamic Relief Mauritius is incorporated as a branch of Islamic Relief Worldwide with local directors appointed to oversee operations. The entity’s transactions and balances are included within the accounts of Islamic Relief Worldwide.

Structure, Governance And Management

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Board of Trustees directs and oversees the organization in accordance with its statutory obligations. The Trustees of Islamic Relief Worldwide consider, both individually and collectively, that they have at all times acted in a manner that they consider will be most likely to promote the success the charity in meeting its aims and objectives as set out in its governing documents and in ensuring its long-term security.

Strategic planning and governance

Focusing on strategic planning and governance, the Board sets our priorities and objectives. It evaluates our performance and the progress of our work to alleviate poverty and suffering, and approves relevant new policies and procedures. The Board appraises the executive management team and is involved in making appointments to and dismissals from this team. The Board of Trustees works with key stakeholders and makes sure that we satisfy our regulatory requirements as a charity.

Number of Islamic Relief partners

Representatives of a number of Islamic Relief partners are included on our Board, thereby enabling us to secure a high level of skills as well as valuable diversity of experience and expertise from our global network.

Four-year governance reform plan

Islamic Relief Worldwide is almost at the end of a four-year governance reform plan. This will see many of our partners being represented on our new International General Assembly as well as be eligible for election to the Board of Trustees. It will also see Islamic Relief partners commit to membership criteria which further cement the ethos, values and standards of Islamic Relief as a global family of members.

TRUSTEES

RECRUITING AND APPOINTING TRUSTEES

Each member of our Board of Trustees is a volunteer, chosen because they have the range of skills, knowledge and experience that we need to respond to key challenges. Trustees may be nominated by partners and stakeholders. From 2020 onwards, we are on course following our governance reforms to transition to a Board that will more than double in size and will be elected by our global family through the new International General Assembly.

WELCOMING AND TRAINING TRUSTEES

A comprehensive induction process and ongoing training in new or emerging areas of responsibility ensure we benefit from a professional and appropriate Board. New trustees receive a full overview of our strategic and operational functions, as well as a welcome pack, which includes a copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association, the financial statements, Board minutes, the Charity Commission guidance ‘The Essential Trustee’ and recent publications. We will also assign a mentor to help them settle into the role. We actively encourage trustees to identify any training they may need, and our CEO keeps trustees up-to-date with training opportunities and changes in regulatory standards. We continually evaluate the Board’s effectiveness. The Board of Trustees receives regular performance reports, annual financial reports, plans and budgets.

KEY PERSONNEL

The CEO is accountable to the Board of Trustees and, along with other senior staff, is responsible for our day-to-day management. The CEO chairs the executive management team, which is made up of division directors. Division directors make sure that the policies and strategies agreed by the Board of Trustees are implemented, and they also support the work of other staff and volunteers.
A full list of trustees and key personnel is given in the corporate directory on page 92.

REMUNERATION POLICY

We strive to attract and retain talented individuals based on their passion, commitment, values, knowledge, skills and experience. Whilst the financial dimension is not the foremost basis for engagement, we are keen to pay our team appropriate salaries. As such, our remuneration principle is to be market relevant, not market driven – so we position ourselves in the median quartile of benchmarking exercises. Our remuneration model is designed to be cost-effective and sustainable, and in line with our determination to be “lean”, to maximise the amount we spend on our programme work. We also recognise that attracting and retaining the best talent requires sufficient flexibility to allow for a case-by-case consideration for particularly exceptional talents, hard-to-fill roles and top performers. By using the steps within a set grade range, we can apply this flexibility while maintaining the integrity of the wider grading system.

GOVERNING DOCUMENT

Islamic Relief Worldwide refers to the charity incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales. Islamic Relief Worldwide’s governing document, known as Memorandum and Articles, was originally dated 14 March 1989 and amended on 9 August 2010 and the Objects amended on 16 March 2020 to reflect the education, advocacy and broader work of Islamic Relief Worldwide rather than the original ‘alleviation of poverty.’ Islamic Relief Worldwide is also registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales and with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

Tic International Ltd

TIC International is a trading subsidiary of Islamic Relief Worldwide. It supports our fundraising activities by recycling clothes and running charity shops across the UK.

International Waqf Fund

This is a subsidiary of Islamic Relief Worldwide and also a registered charity that undertakes waqf (Islamic endowment) activities. (see page 50 for more information)

Islamic Relief Mauritius

Islamic Relief Mauritius is incorporated as a branch of Islamic Relief Worldwide with local directors appointed to oversee operations. The entity’s transactions and balances are included within the accounts of Islamic Relief Worldwide.