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Our Constitution

Our Constitution

We are governed according to our Memorandum and Articles of Association which you can read here.

The British Dyslexia Association is a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (no. 289243). We are also a company limited by guarantee (no. 01830587).

Good governance is fundamental to a charity’s success. It enables and supports a charity’s compliance with the law and relevant regulations. It also promotes a culture in which everything works towards fulfilling the charity’s vision. The BDA Board of Trustees use the Charity Governance Code to develop high standards of governance.

Our Board

The role of the Board is to direct the charity in accordance with its objects and articles, monitoring performance to ensure long-term success, including compliance with all legal and regulatory obligations and generally accepted standards of performance and probity.

Trustees’ responsibilities are to:

  • Ensure that the organisation pursues its stated objects (purposes), as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy
  • Ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensure that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects (i.e., the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects, however worthwhile or charitable those activities are) for the benefit of the public
  • Ensure that the organisation defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Ensure the financial stability of the organisation
  • Protect and managing the property of the charity and ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds
  • Follow proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the Chief Executive

In addition to the above statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. You can read more about our Trustees here.