Role of BAUN Council
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This brief document seeks to outline the role of BAUN Council and the Officers who serve on Council and is presented to the membership for three main reasons:
- To increase the transparent working of the Council so that members may be better able to understand the running of the Association
- To explain the roles and responsibilities of Council members and Officers
- To encourage members to stand for election to Council by providing an explanation of what is involved should they be elected
The purpose of BAUN Council is to be the decision making body that guides the strategic direction of BAUN. At all times the Council are mindful to ensure that the interests and opinions of the membership influence decisions taken and affirm that the sole reason for the existence of Council is to support and represent the membership. The constitution, called the Memorandum and Articles of Association, is the key document that influences the actions of Council and details the aims and objectives of BAUN. In the following pages issues key to the understanding of BAUN Council and its Officers will be explained. The explanation of roles offered here cannot be definitive and is intended only to offer guidance as to the minimum responsibilities associated with the roles.
BAUN Council is composed of 11 full members who have been elected by those members of the Association eligible to vote. It is a stated aim of the Association that representation from all four countries within Great Britain is reflected within Council. Within Council there are three officer positions; President, Secretary and Treasurer. All members of Council are eligible to stand for appointment to any one of the Officer positions when such a vacancy arises. The election of Council members to an officers position is carried out within Council.
Not-with-standing the roles of Officers, all Council members hold corporate responsibility and decisions of BAUN Council are shared, accepted and owned by all Council members. All discussions within Council are treated confidentially and then communicated to the membership as and when proper.
Term of Office of Council Members
As outlined in the Constitution the term of office of all Council members is three years, after which they may stand again and seek re-election from the membership for a further period of three years. Should members serve for a six year period they must stand down for a three year period before standing for election again.
Attributes of Council Members
In order to carry out the work of Council BAUN offer the following as key attributes. Council members will:
- Be able to work within a team for the benefit for the Association
- Be committed to the concept of multidisciplinary working
- Be committed to playing their part in the formulation and review of the strategic aims and objectives of the Association
- Be committed to working alone and within sub-committees Have access to email and computer facilities as a normal course of their daily working arrangements
- Be easily contactable by telephone for Council business
- Be prepared to represent BAUN when reasonably required to do so
- Have an active interest in the financial standing of the Association
- Have an active interest in post registration education
Availability for Council
Any member wishing to stand for election to BAUN Council must obtain the support of his/her appropriate local manager. In all instances Council members must sign a declaration agreeing to be available for the elected term of office on Council. Employers should be provided with a copy of this agreement.
As a minimum, six days per year are required to attend Council meetings. Further, up to four days may be required to attend sub-committee meetings and three days will be required to attend BAUN Conference. In order to ensure that BAUN is represented in other arena some time may be required in this regard. Council members also need to ensure that they are able to devote sufficient time to prepare for Council meetings.
As a limited charitable company BAUN is obliged to meet all legal requirements under the Charity Act and the Companies Act and accordingly, trustees are able only to receive an honorarium for serving a term of office if this is authorised by the Charity Commission. However, all legitimate expenses shall be met for work carried out by members on Association business in line with the standard operating procedure for expenses outlined in the document SOP – Expenses. Council members are required to keep expenses to a minimum.