We need a…
- Have a passion for photography, or perhaps the arts?
- Can you understand the importance of access to the arts for all those living with mental health challenges?
- Can you manage simple finances? We don’t have a complicated financial structure!
- Would you like the opportunity to give something back to the community in some way?
- You don’t even have to live locally to be able to fulfil this role as we can meet via digital means.
Can You uphold these 4 legal duties?
The four main legal duties are:
- the duty to act in good faith in the best interests of the organisation and for a proper purpose
- the duty to act with reasonable care, skill and diligence (including the duty to prevent insolvent trading)
- the duty not to improperly use information or position, and
- the duty to disclose and manage conflicts of interest
Where can I find out more?
To find out more about exactly what the legal obligations are when becoming an active management committee member of a charitable body. You can download a thorough and excellent guide that is easy to understand from:
Not For Profit Law / Justice Connect.
In a nutshell…
The law recognises that committee members (or directors) as well as some office holders in not-for-profit groups make important decisions about the strategic direction and activities of a group. Because committees have significant power, the law requires them to comply with legal duties like acting in good faith and in the best interests of the organisation. Where the standards set by legal duties are not met, penalties can apply (but this is very rare). Sometimes conflicts arise between the personal interests of a committee member, and the interests of the group. The law also provides a framework on how to deal with this situation.