What are the responsibilities of Trustees?
Individual responsibilities are to:
- Attend trustee board meetings regularly
- Understand and be fully committed to the aims and principles of the organisation
- Challenge all incidents that contravene the organisation's equal opportunities policy
- Take a share of the board's work by offering to work on a sub-committee of the board
- Support all decisions once they have been agreed by the board
- Respect the confidentiality of board matters and discussions
The joint responsibilities with all the other trustees are to:
- Accept legal responsibility for the workers of the organisation
- Act as employers for the workers of the organisation; Decide overall policy for the organisation's work within the guidelines laid down by the members
- Be satisfied that within the constraints of resources, the organisation is meeting its aims
- Take a long term view of how the work of the organisation should develop
- Try to ensure that funding for the organisation continues
- Ensure that all trustee responsibilities delegated to paid staff and individual members of the organisation are carried out.
There are currently three Byelaws in operation:
- Local Association Board Byelaws (pdf, revised 30 September 2008)
- Organisational Members Committee Byelaws (pdf, approved by Management Board 4 October 2007)
- Accreditation Board Byelaws (pdf, approved 2 April 2009)
You can find more information about the BDA on the Charity Commission’s website.