Nominations are invited from branches for an individual to serve as Trustee of the Edridge Fund.
What is the Edridge Fund?
Edridge is a registered charity which exists to provide assistance to those eligible to be members of Napo, together with their dependants "who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress".
Around £20,000 is paid out each year in grants by the Fund. Income is raised by donations from branches and individuals, fundraising events, and a small levy from Napo members' subscriptions. Each branch can elect an Edridge Representative to work at a local level.
What is the role of a Trustee?
Currently there are five Trustees, each elected in rotation for a five-year term. Trustees are elected by the NEC for not more than two consecutive terms, other than in exceptional circumstances.
The Trustees meet five times a year to consider issues related to the organisation of the Fund. Three meetings are held online lasting approximately three hours and there are two face to face meeting held in London. Expenses are paid at Napo rates. No facility time is given for this work which must be done in your own time.
Outside meetings, trustees consider grant applications received during the course of the year and reach collective decisions on whether a grant should be paid and the amount. Decisions are usually made by email.
Who should seek nomination?
Anyone sympathetic to the aims of the Edridge Fund who is able to spare two to three hours a week plus attend meetings either online or in London five times a year.
SUBMISSION OF NOMINATIONS
In view of the particular responsibility involved in this post, any person seeking nomination should feel free to contact the Secretary of the Edridge Fund (Karen Monaghan at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the financial and other special responsibilities of a charity trustee's role. Additionally, it is advisable for nominees to read the Charity Commission’s advice on the responsibilities of trustees which can be found on the Charity Commission website at:
Each nominee should be given a copy of the attached nomination and monitoring form (BR22a/2023), which they need to complete and submit no later than 12 noon on Friday 24th November 2023.
If forms are received after that date, we cannot guarantee that information about a candidate will be included in the NEC papers and this may affect that candidate's prospects of election.
Nomination forms, which must be completed in all sections and returned by the nominee, should be emailed to the General Secretary’s administrator email@example.com