Being a Trustee of a registered charity and in the case of SALTO Gymnastics Charitable Foundation Limited, a director of a limited company, places certain obligations on an individual and so it is important that he or she is fully aware of the objects and management systems of the organisation so that he/she can be a fully functional and effective member of the team. Unless specifically mentioned, references in this document to SALTO shall mean both charities and any related subsidiary company.

We ask that all our Trustees become active members of the respective boards by attending as many Board meetings as possible and by joining our sub-committees commensurate with their skills. We also consider it important that all Trustees make regular contact the Management at the Club and visit the SALTO Centre as part of their induction and ongoing personal development as a Trustee.

Hopefully this will give you a clear insight into our work and your role and responsibilities.

What does it mean to be a Member of the Board?

The members of the Board of Trustees will be asked to become a director of the SALTO Gymnastics Charitable Foundation Limited for the purposes of the Companies Act and the Trustees of Board for the purposes of the Charities Act.

A Board member is responsible for controlling the organisation’s strategic management and administration. Board members have a responsibility to act reasonably and prudently and in the best interests of the organisation in all matters. Above all, trustees need to work together as a team to ensure their organisation is run effectively and efficiently. As a body, the Board should contain people who collectively have the skills and confidence that will enable the organisation to confront and challenge any issues affecting it. This means that the board of trustees should work to avoid situations where knowledge or an excessive degree of influence is held in the hands of a select few.

Ensuring good management

The board is responsible for ensuring that that all SALTO income and property is used for the purpose set out in each of the charity governing document and for no other purpose. Trustees have a responsibility to act reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to the organisation, and have a responsibility to act in the best interest of the organisation. Board members are responsible for controlling SALTO Gymnastics Club Management.

In order to avoid the most common difficulties that can arise, Board Members should:

  • Appreciate their responsibilities for the organisation and its resources, and not treat their position as purely honorary.
  • Spot any circumstances in which they need to get specialist advice, for example on legal or financial issues.
  • Not leave an individual trustee or staff member, or a small group, to run matters without sufficient accountability or control.
  • Never allow personal affairs and resources to become entangled with those of the organisation, or otherwise fail to spot and manage potential conflicts of interest.
  • Manage the organisation in the interest of the organisation as a whole, not in their own, or those of a narrow interest group

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