How Samaritans is Governed

Samaritans is a charitable company limited by guarantee.  It was incorporated as a company on 11 April 1963, having been founded by Prebendary Dr Chad Varah on 2 November 1953.

In addition to the charitable company, the organisation as a whole includes 201 Samaritans branches operating in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

The branches are either part of the Samaritans Central Charity or set up as a separate charitable organisation.

The Company, Samaritans

The way Samaritans is governed is laid down in the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association that were last updated by special resolution in April 2018.

Trustee Board

The governing body is the Trustee Board, which has between 10 and 15 members, at least two thirds of whom are Samaritans.  The trustees are also Directors of the Company. 

Trustees, other than the Chair, are appointed by the Nominations Committee. Trustees can serve a maximum of 6 years, or up to 9 years in the case of a Chair who has already served as a trustee prior to their appointment as Chair.

Governance of Samaritans

Full details of Samaritans' governance are avaialble in our most recent annual report.