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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.

Constitution documents

View the full BDA Constitution (Memorandum and Articles of Association)

There are currently three Byelaws in operation:

  1. Local Association Board Byelaws (pdf, revised 30 September 2008)
  2. Organisational Members Committee Byelaws (pdf, approved by Management Board 4 October 2007)
  3. Accreditation Board Byelaws (pdf, approved 2 April 2009)

You can find more information about the BDA on the Charity Commission’s website.