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Our governance

Our charity

How a charity works might seem a bit complicated. This area of the website aims to explain in simple terms how our charity works, and where you can come in - should you want to.

Terrence Higgins Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (288527) and a company limited by guarantee (1778149).


Our members are an important and valued part of our democratic structures, voting to elect trustees to our board and providing input to those trustees to ensure we’re always travelling in the right direction and providing the best possible service. Becoming a member is one of the best ways you can get involved in our work.

Find out more about becoming a member of Terrence Higgins Trust.

The Board of Trustees

Our board of trustees is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction of the charity, and for ensuring Terrence Higgins Trust uses its resources effectively in pursuit of our mission statement.

Trustees are unpaid members of the charity who are either elected to the board by the other members or invited to join the board because of their specialist knowledge.

Find out more about the trustees.

The Executive Team

The executive team works closely with the board of trustees to help turn our vision and strategy into a reality. They are responsible for the day-to-day management of the charity.

Find out more about the executive team.

Articles of Association

The charity is governed by its memorandum and articles of association. This document sets out the charity’s objects, and the framework within which we must operate to achieve these. The memorandum and articles of association are approved by the Charity Commission, and are regularly reviewed by Trustees to ensure they remain up to date.

The Trustees' Report and financial statements

The Trustees’ Report and financial statements are prepared on an annual basis, and give an overview of the charity’s financial performance and position as well as outlining the charity's key achievements and activities in the year.

The accounts are prepared in accordance with applicable reporting standards, and are subject to a full audit.

See our Trustees' Reports and financial statements.

Gender Pay Gap

Download our statutory gender pay gap report for 2017 (PDF).


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