Trustees roles and responsibilities within the Eve Merton Dreams Trust
Chairperson – Diane McLennan
Secretary – Joanne Russ
Trustee – Mick Andrews
Trustee – Tony Sellers
Trustee – Denise Ridsdale
Trustee – Steven Moss
Trustee – Karen Merton
Trustee – Sarah Maye
Treasurer – Mark Pender
The role of the Trustees
Charity trustees are the people who serve on the governing body of a charity. They may be known as trustees, directors, board members, governors or committee members. Charity trustees are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of a charity.
The great majority of trustees serve as volunteers, and receive no payment for their work.
Charity trustees come from all walks of life, and are united by their wish to create positive change in society. Most people are eligible to serve as trustees. The work of a trustee should be rewarding and enjoyable, and an opportunity to serve the community while learning new skills.
Trustees and their responsibilities
Charity trustees are the people who serve on the governing body of a charity. They may be known as trustees, directors, board members, governors or committee members. The principles and main duties are the same in all cases.
Trustees have and must accept ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of a charity and ensure that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.
Compliance – Trustees must:
- Ensure that the charity complies with charity law, and with the requirements of the Charity Commission as regulator; in particular ensure that the charity prepares reports on what it has achieved and Annual Returns and accounts as required by law
- Ensure that the charity does not breach any of the requirements or rules set out in its governing document and that it remains true to the charitable purpose and objects set out there
- Comply with the requirements of other legislation and other regulators (if any) which govern the activities of the charity
- Act with integrity, and avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets
Duty of prudence – Trustees must:
- Ensure that the charity is and will remain solvent
- Use charitable funds and assets reasonably, and only in furtherance of the charity’s objects
- Avoid undertaking activities that might place the charity’s endowment, funds, assets or reputation at undue risk
- Take special care when investing the funds of the charity, or borrowing funds for the charity to use
Duty of care – Trustees must:
- Use reasonable care and skill in their work as trustees, using their personal skills and experience as needed to ensure that the charity is well-run and efficient
- Consider getting external professional advice on all matters where there may be material risk to the charity, or where the trustees may be in breach of their duties