Up to eighteen people (9 elected nationally, 8 region chairmen plus national treasurer if not otherwise elected) who are members of IWA. Trustees are both trustees under the Charities Acts and directors under the Companies Acts, as IWA is a company limited by guarantee.
The trustees appoint one of their members as chairman (who remains in office as chairman until the start of the meeting of trustees following the next AGM). This person is known as IWA’s national chairman.
Three years following the AGM at which they are elected (except for region chairmen elected mid-way through a three-year term to fill a vacancy). Postal elections are held once a year to coincide with the AGM, with about one third of the trustee position up for election each year.
Trustees usually meet six times each year, although meetings may take place by electronic means such as telephone calls, video conference call or by exchange of electronic mail. Any electronic meeting must be properly structured, recorded and minuted, and the means of such structure and communication to be agreed by all trustees before the meeting takes place.
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Nobody other than the trustees and the company secretary has the right to attend trustees' meetings. The company secretary is expected to attend and the trustees may, as they consider appropriate, invite other people to attend in order to ensure that appropriate skills, expertise and knowledge are available.
Roles and Responsibilities
Trustees report to members and ensure that their decisions and requirements are appropriately communicated throughout IWA.
The Trustee Board may obtain such external advice as it considers is required to discharge its responsibilities.
Minutes should be produced within a maximum of 21 days of meetings, but with the aim of producing them within 10 days
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