1. The general duties as the Trustee of a charity like ALT are to:
- ensure that the organisation complies with its governing documents, charity and company law and other relevant legislation or regulations;
- ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document;
- ensure that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects;
- give firm strategic direction to the organisation; setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets;
- safeguard the good name and ethos of the organisation;
- ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation;
- appoint the chief executive officer and monitor his/her performance.
2. Specific activities of Trustees in ALT include:
- attending meetings of the Central Executive Committee (normally three per year);
- participating in policy discussions and the production of consultation responses;
- contributing to the drafting and monitoring of the three year ALT strategy;
- chairing sub-committees of ALT (currently Membership Development, Communication and Publications, FE and cross-sector engagement) or task groups which are set up from time to time.
- helping to promote the Association.
3. Nominees for Trustee Positions should be aware of the following points:
- Trustees in ALT personally hold limited legal and financial responsibilities on behalf of the charity.
- Trustees are governed by English Law as it relates to Charity Trustees and work in line with the Charity Commission Guidelines (see http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/)
- ALT’s permanent staff are appointed into the employ of Oxford Brookes University, so the Trustees do not hold direct responsibility as an employer.
- ALT provides indemnity insurance for its Trustees, in keeping with good practice for the management of charities.
This is a web-based version of the document 'Trustee role in ALT', updated 2015.