Recently I became aware of a charity which had a trust funding application rejected because one of its trustees is also a staff member. The trust deemed this to be a conflict of interest and on that basis rejected the application.
However, we know that under the Charity Commission rules that staff members can indeed act as trustees, and the charity in question abides by these terms.
My question is this - what is your experience of funders rejecting or otherwise marking down charities for having staff members also acting as trustees? Is this a growing trend?