Trustee Roles

The Role of a Trustee in Cerebral Palsy Sport:

  1. The Cerebral Palsy Sport Trustee Board is collectively responsible for establishing the essential purposes of Cerebral Palsy Sport and we are also responsible for safe-guarding its ethos and values.
  1. Together, we and the Senior Management Team will develop long-term strategy. Our meeting agendas reflect the key points of the strategy to keep us on track.
  1. We create policies to govern organisational activity. These cover:
  • Guidance and procedures for staff, volunteers and clients/service users
  • Systems for reporting and monitoring
  • An ethical framework for everyone connected with the organisation
  • Conduct of trustees and board business
  • Ultimate policy-making responsibility belongs to the Board. For this reason, we have the responsibility of keeping appraised of our policies. Revisions to some policies emanating from staff may give rise to a recommendation for the board to discuss, and bate. Examples of these may include Health and Safety policies, child and data protection policies and occupational health policies.
  1. We create and implement comprehensive, fair and legal personnel policies. These protect the organisation and those who work for us. They cover:
  • Recruitment
  • Support
  • Appraisal
  • Remuneration
  • Discipline
  1. We recruit and select new trustee board members.
  1. We make sure our Memorandum and Articles of Association are followed. In particular our activities must comply with our charitable objects as stated in our memorandum.
  1. We are responsible for checking that all our activities are legal.
  1. We ensure that Cerebral Palsy Sport as a charity and a company fulfils our accountability as required by law to:
  • The Charity Commission
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Registrar of Companies

We are also accountable to:

  • Donors and funders and the Fundraising Regulator
  • Beneficiaries and members
  • Staff and volunteers
  • The general public

This means publishing annual reports and accounts. We are responsible for effectively managing Cerebral Palsy Sport’s resources so it can meet its charitable objects.  This means:

  •  Securing sufficient resources to fulfil the mission
  • Monitoring spending in the best interests of the organisation
  • Approving the annual financial statement and budget
  • Protecting Cerebral Palsy Sport against liability by providing insurance
  • Seeking to minimise risk for the organisation
  • Participating in fundraising
  • Ensuring legal compliance
  1. We create policy covering the employment of our Chief Executive. We also select and support her and review her performance. We recognise and respect the domain of staff responsibility. At the same time, we create policy to guide staff activities and safeguard Cerebral Palsy Sport’s interests.
  1. We keep our own house in order by engaging in:
  • Productive meetings
  • Effective committees with adequate resources
  • Development activities
  • Regular performance reviews
  • Partnership with consultants where necessary
  1. Through our own behaviour, our governance oversight and our activities on behalf of Cerebral Palsy Sport, we enhance and protect its reputation. We are good ambassadors for Cerebral Palsy Sport and adhere to our codes of conduct