Board of Trustee
The Board of Trustee (BoT) is the highest policy making body of the organization having meeting at least once in every three months. At present the body consists of 7 members and they are 1) Begum Shamsun Nahar (National Consultant, Gender Specialist, LGED) as Chairperson, 2) Mr. Minar Monsur (Assistant Editor, The Daily Ittefaq) as Member, 3) M. Zahirul Alam FCA (Senior Financial Management Specialist- Bangladesh Insurance Sector Development Project- Insurance Development and Regulatory Authority -IDRA ) as Treasurer, 4) Dr. Abbas U Bhuiya (Dr. Abbas is the retired Deputy Executive Director, ICDDR,B. Mohakhali, Dhaka), 5) Tofail Ahmed PhD (Vice-Chancellor, Britannia University), 6) Ms. Ruma Akter (Peoples Organization Leader, COAST Cox’s Bazar Region) and 7) Ms Halima Begum (Peoples Organization Leader, COAST Bhola Region) as Member in the board. A part from this M. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury (Executive Director, COAST Trust) has also been acting as Ex-officio Secretary of Board of Trustee.
COAST Trust believes the Participation, Accountability and Transparency (PAT) in its own governance. It has written manuals on Human Resource, Field Operation manuals, Finance & Audit manuals maintaining internationally accepted standards, which are also being regularly reviewed. It has regular process reporting to local government, to all upper level and also has annual systematic review process interacting with all internal and external stakeholders including beneficiaries. There is a meeting system where all the stakeholders including the staff have the regular scope of participation. COAST has the initiatives to build institution of the poor families i.e. People Organization (PO) who also has the scope of participation in the COAST decision making process in all level. Thus in all these way, COAST believes that it is a people centred organization.
The accounts and financial systems of the organization are audited by the external audit firm enlisted by the NGO Affairs Bureau in every year. During the year 2002 (Jan-Dec) our annual financial account was audited by S.F. Ahmed & Co, during 2003 (Jan-Dec) and 2004 (Jan-Dec) it was audited by Masih Muhith Hoque & Co., during 2005 it was by A. Wahab & Co, during 2006, 2007 and 2008 (Jan-June`6 month) was audited by HudaVasi Chowdhury & Co., during FY 2008-2009 was audited by SF Ahmed and Co, during FY 2009-2010 was audited by HudaVasi Chowdhury & Co., during FY2010-2011, FY 2011-2012 and FY2012-2013 was audited by SF Ahmed & Co. All the audit reports can be found in our website i.e. www.coastbd.net which is updated regularly.