The Guild’s revised and updated Constitution was agreed by its membership and by the Charity Commission in November and December 2013.
The new Constitution widens the objects (purposes) to allow even greater help to be given to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, especially in financial grants, while undermining in no way objects adhered to until now. It also meets the requirements of the Charities Act 2011 and of the Charity Commission’s best practice on needs and safeguards. It is based closely on the model constitutional document favoured by the Commission.
This revision was assisted greatly by Bates Wells Braithwaite London LLP, lawyers specialising in charities.
Here is a summary of some key items within the Constitution:
The Objects. The charity’s objects (purposes) are to help the Royal Hospital of St Bartholomew by providing:
by personal service and by the provision from the charity’s funds of such amenities for the patients and staff as would not be available for them under the National Health Service; and
such other charitable assistance to the Hospital, its patients, former patients, staff, students and others involved with the affairs of the Hospital as the trustees may determine.
The Committee of Management (the Trustees). The Committee includes Officers – Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer – and other ‘ordinary’ members: its number being not less than ten and all must be members of the Guild.
The Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected by the Guild membership in general meeting for an initial period of three years and shall be eligible for re-election annually thereafter. All other Committee members shall be elected for an initial period of three years and thereafter will be eligible for re-election for a further period, not exceeding three years.
Trustees’ powers. Trustees may elect one or more persons to be President, Vice-President or other honorary positions. Such appointees will not automatically be trustees. The Committee of Management is responsible for engaging and managing the Guild’s volunteers and staff, may co-opt members and establish other committees and posts to help the Guild’s purposes.
General meetings. Apart from the Annual General Meeting (AGM) the Guild may call Special General Meetings (SGM) of the membership, with the power to agree resolutions. SGMs may be called by trustees or by an agreed number of members.