The Council of Management met on 6 October. It considered reports from its Committees about the preparation of the 2016 revenue budget and business plan and about improvements to the Council appraisal process. Council followed the advice of its Standing Committee and agreed some minor changes to the Council vice-Chair’s role description. It carried out a quarterly risk assessment of the top nine risks the charity is exposed to and it reviewed the gifts and hospitality register which had just one entry in it.
Members discussed the pros and cons of the social enterprise business model and whether or not this was something the charity should adopt. Members noted that ultimately the charity’s objects were the most important thing and that these should not be compromised.
Nine Council members attended a training day at New Anstey House on 8 October. The programme provided updates on several operational activities including the development of online learning materials. Members also considered the potential consequences for Epilepsy Action of the recent public scandals about charity fundraising. They were reassured to hear that Epilepsy Action has always fully complied with all fundraising and other data protection regulations.
Equality and diversity are themes that run right through all of Epilepsy Action’s training in 2015. Consequently, the Council’s training programme included a presentation on diversity.
The final meeting of the Council for this year is scheduled to take place on 8 December 2015.