British Epilepsy Association is a charity registered in England and Wales (No. 234343) and an incorporated company registered in England (No. 797997). The Council of Management is the governing body of the Association. The members of the Council are the trustees of the charity and the directors of the company.
The Council of Management determines the policy of the charity and it is also collectively responsible for overseeing the sound management of the whole Association and for ensuring the Association's policy is implemented by the staff through the Chief Executive.
The Council is made up of a maximum of 16 members of the Association who have been elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. One third of the Council members retire by rotation each year and persons retiring by rotation are eligible for re-election. The Association is proud of its open and democratic tradition, which enables the charity to have the benefit of a Council that includes people with epilepsy, carers, professionals and others interested in the condition.
Council members may claim for reasonable expenses incurred in undertaking the Association's business but they receive no remuneration or other financial benefit. All members of the Council have confirmed that they do not have, and have not had, any beneficial interest in any contract with the Association.
Each year, the Council members elect a Chair and a Vice Chair. The Council also elects annually from among its number, the Association's Honorary Treasurer.