The Council of Management holds its fifth meeting of the year in October. To coincide with this, the Council also holds its annual training day. June Massey, Chair of Council, explains:
“As the trustees of the charity we are responsible for its good governance. What that means is we have to make sure the charity is run properly. To help us do this we must keep ourselves up to date with all the latest rules and regulations and be informed about what is happening in the charity world. The annual training day is a really helpful way to do this.”
This year the training day covered a wide selection of issues. There were updates on operational activity from the departments providing local services and epilepsy services. There was a comprehensive session on financial reporting and what charity trustees need to know. This was presented by staff from Epilepsy Action’s auditors, RSM Tenon Audit Ltd.
A very important role that the trustees play is to safeguard the charity from danger. This requires them to carry out thorough risk assessments. The training day gave them the opportunity to look closely at their risk assessment procedures and to practice them.
Council members also need to look outside of Epilepsy Action, to be aware of the world around them and its impact on the charity. Two sessions were devoted to this. Members were updated about the activities of the Joint Epilepsy Council (JEC) and there was discussion about how Epilepsy Action might contribute to JEC and what JEC might do for Epilepsy Action. There was also a much broader review of topical issues in the voluntary sector and what these might mean for Epilepsy Action.
If you would like to stand for election to become a Council member then look out for the official nomination forms early in 2012. To stand for election you must have been a member of Epilepsy Action for at least 12 months.