Nominations for Edridge Fund Trustees

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Introduction

Nominations are invited from branches for individuals 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 £50,000 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 elects 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 for one day four or five times a year to consider issues related to the organisation of the Fund. Meetings are usually held in London.   Expenses are paid at Napo rates.

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 in London four or 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 office@edridgefund.org or  edridge.secretary@edridgefund.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: http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/publications/cc3.aspx  

Each nominee should be given a copy of the below nomination and monitoring form (BR12a/2019), which they need to complete and submit no later than 12 noon on Friday 31 May.  

FORM

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 sent to:

Ian Lawrence, General Secretary
(c/o Annoesjka Valent, Administrator)
Napo
160 Falcon Road
London SW11 2NY

Forms can be emailed to Annoesjka Valent at avalent@napo.org.uk