The role and duties of ALT's Trustees

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 Board of Trustees (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 or task groups which are set up from time to time.
  • helping to promote the Association’s aims and values.


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 charitable incorporated organisation (CIO).
  • Trustees are governed by English Law as it relates to Charity Trustees and work in line with the Charity Commission Guidelines (see
  • ALT’s permanent staff employed by ALT as a CIO and the Chief Executive reports to the Board of Trustees.
  • ALT provides indemnity insurance for its Trustees, in keeping with good practice for the management of charities.

This was last updated and approved by Trustees February 2019.