2011 AGM by Steve Page
What is the Trust's legal status?
The Trust was first established in 1960. It is a registered charity (no.201081) and a company limited by guarantee (registered in England no. 676313) governed by its Articles of Association.
Who governs the Trust?
Those elected to serve on the Council of Management have a dual role as a Trustee of the charity and a Director of the company. All Trustee Directors are volunteers and are not paid for their services. There are currently 12 members of Council who provide the Trust with a wide range of professional expertise in the fields of conservation, finance, marketing, education, management, biological research and human resources.
Chair of Council – David Jordan
Vice Chair of Council – Simon Woolfries
Honorary Treasurer and Chair of Business & Finance Committee – Peter Vaughan
Chair of Conservation & Science Committee – Paul Tyler
Safeguarding Trustee- Mary Parker
Health & Safety Trustee – Tim Pinchen
How is the Trust governed?
The Council of Management is scheduled to meet four times each year (more meetings can be held if necessary) and is responsible for complying with the principles of prudent management as laid down by legislation and the best practice guidelines of the Charity Commission. An Annual General Meeting (AGM) for members of the Trust is held in the autumn each year.
Council's specific responsibilities include the taking of all decisions on matters of strategic management and governance, monitoring of operations, land and buildings acquisition and disposal, health and safety, risk management, setting and amendment of investment guidelines, recommending to the AGM the Statutory Auditors for the coming year, approving the Annual Report & Accounts, keeping the Memorandum & Articles of Association under review and appointing and appraising the Chief Executive who is responsible for the day to day management of the Trust.
Council has the power to delegate powers to sub-committees which provide additional scrutiny, expertise and advice to Council to assist it with its decision making. Current committees include Business & Finance Committee (drawn from current trustees) and Conservation & Science Committee (a mixture of trustees and outside experts).
Trustees elect the following officers annually: Chair, Vice-Chair, Honorary Treasurer and also Chairs of Committees. Council also appoints a Company Secretary (a paid member of staff) to assist with the governance of the organisation and to support the work of Trustees.
Safeguarding and Child Protection concerns?
We take child protection and safeguarding very seriously. Our statement (link below) sets out how we implement child protection and safeguarding across the Trust and who to contact if you have questions or concerns.
Health and Safety Policy
The Trust takes its responsibility for the health and safety of its staff, volunteers and visitors seriously. This year we have undertaken an extensive update and revision of our policies and procedures. You can view the General policy statement here. If you would like further details of our policy and procedures please contact us through our headquarter contact details.