Becoming a Trustee

The RHDRA is a charity. Charities are run and managed by their Trustees. Trustees are appointed according to the Constitution (Rules) of the charity. The aim of the Charity is described in the Constitution as the “Objects” of the Charity. These Objects must be carried out for the public benefit by the Trustees.

It is a very satisfying and personally fulfilling voluntary role. The commitment required is to:

  • attend five meetings per year, one of which is the AGM (the number of meetings may increase by agreement)
  • attend a trustees’ Away Day each year
  • belong to a ‘Portfolio Group‘ and attend up to four meetings per year of the Group
  • make time available to assist with one-off tasks the trustees decide together may be needed in addition to the above
  • comply with the policies and procedures of the RHDRA Committee according to the Constitution

Note – attendance can be by video link as the RHDRA owns its own video-conferencing equipment. Geographical location (provided you have broadband internet access) is not an issue for the role of trustee.

The trustees share responsibility and liability for the activities of the Association. They maintain insurance to cover these responsibilities and liabilities.

The activities of charities and their trustees are regulated by the Charity Commission. Anyone considering offering to become a trustee should read the Charity Commission’s guidance before taking their thoughts any further.

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Hopefully – YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED!  In that case, please contact the Chair, Simon Foulkes to arrange a time to meet and have a chat: chair@rhdra.org. I will be delighted to hear from you.