RAFA Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Branch

Governance

The 73rd Annual General Meeting of the Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association was held virtually, via ZOOM, on the 14th March 2020.

 
The Trustees Annual report for the year 2020 is available for viewing.
 
We are pleased to say that although a virtual meeting was conducted the meeting was very well attended and the new committee thanks all those who took the time to attend. The Committee/Trustee elections can be seen below; along with the Ancillary roles that are vital to the continuing operation of the branch.
 

THE FUTURE OF THE EDINBURGH, LOTHIANS AND BORDERS BRANCH

During 2019 the Branch Chairman and Vice Chairman of the  have collaborated to produce the following documents.  These to enhance focussing on the difficult year ahead.

BRANCH COMMITTEE/TRUSTEES  2021 – 2022(wef 14/03/2021)

  •  Interim Chairman –  Susan Kidston
  • Vice Chairman – vacant
  • Secretary  – Susan Kidston  – also ACLO (including 603 & AFBC’s), S, NI, NE Area Councillor  and RAFA Trustee/ (Area Rep.)
  • Treasurer – David Prior  – (also Membership Secretary, Newsletter Production and Webmaster)
  • Wings/Fundraising – Sue Gillott (also Social Secretary)
  • Honorary Welfare Officer – George Prentice BEM (also Area Caseworker & Befriender and Branch Standard Bearer)
  • Committee Member – George Megahy
  • Committee Member –  Barbara Prentice
  • ((all Office holders and Members of the Branch Committee are deemed to be ‘Branch Charity Trustees’))
  • (Active Committee Supporters – non trustees)
  • Bob Bertram MBE – Branch President – S, NI, NE Area Life Vice President – FB admin
  • Hamish Reid – Assistant Branch Welfare Officer
  • Branch Chaplain – Rev William Mounsey – Branch Life Vice President
  • Jim Scott MBE – Branch Life Vice President
  • Bob Bertram MBE – Branch Life Vice President
  • Emma Kidston – Newsletter Editor and Facebook admin
  • Bob Richardson (active supporter)
  • NOTE – Branch Committee/Trustee meetings are held as follows:(SEE UPDATE ON HOME PAGE)
  • ‘Face to face’ meetings are held quarterly in a venue arranged by the Branch Secretary.  Prior notification of meetings will be circulated by The Secretary as will Meeting Agenda.  ((note COVID-19 UPDATE))
  • Other ‘trustee virtual meetings’ are held on-line utilising email and Skype as necessary.  Governance decision votes are taken on a majority basis by the trustees and these decisions recorded in the next face to face meeting minutes.
  • An Annual General Meeting will be held in February (calling notice announced by the Branch Secretary).  Via email, Newsletter, Facebook, Website
  • All elected Branch Committee/Trustees will be required to sign the following:  OSCR Trustee Declaration / RAFA Form 1056 (which includes branch undertakings) / Branch Conflicts of Interest Declaration
  •  BRANCH COMMITTEE/TRUSTEE RAFA/OSCR/BRANCH DECLARATIONS & CONFLICTS OF INTEREST DOCUMENTATION – to be completed on completion of Branch Annual General Meeting; Branch Secretary will advise on time-scales for submission.

COMMITTEE/TRUSTEE INFORMATION & GUIDANCE

OFFICE OF THE SCOTTISH CHARITY REGULATOR (OSCR)  – TRUSTEE RECRUITMENT (SUCCESSION PLANNING)

CHARITIES AND THE EQUALITY ACT 2010

POWER POINT PRESENTATION (2019/20) – Gives good ‘general advice’ on Branch Governance and Trusteeship.  However; does not really cover or adequately highlight the Charity Legislation relating to Scottish Branches.  One would presume that local training sessions would cover this aspect.

BRANCH & CLUB DEVELOPMENT & SUPPORT RAFA GUIDANCE

(RAFA POWERPOINT PRESENTATION)

OSCR GUIDANCE AND GOOD PRACTICE FOR CHARITY TRUSTEES

SCVO – GOVERNANCE TOOLKIT

Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

RAFA Operating Plan

Trustee Responsibilities – Annual Conference 2018

FUNDRAISING: NEW FUNDRAISING REGULATOR POLICY EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 2019

OSCR SAFEGUARDING GUIDANCE (INTERIM JUNE 2018)

Governing Documents Portfolio (and other useful documents/links)

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