We hope it goes without saying that all trustees of charities, in this case the members of Christ Church Governing Body, are aware of their responsibilities and have been offered suitable training. The key guidance is available at
To comply with their legal obligations all trustees must act in the charity’s best interests, deal with conflicts of interest, manage the charity’s resources responsibly, implement appropriate financial controls, manage risks, act with reasonable care and skill, and take appropriate advice when necessary.
The Charity Commission lists some useful questions which trustees should ask themselves. They are not reproduced in full here, but some are strikingly relevant to deliberations at Christ Church as it manages the various processes involving the Dean: