Articles of Association
The Kent MS Therapy Centre is a registered charity and company that is managed by a Board of Trustees according to the Articles of Association.
The latest Strategic Plan for the Centre was published in 2019. In normal circumstances this would be reviewed and updated annually, however the 2020 review has been delayed owing to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The strategic review process is currently in progress.
Links to minutes of meetings and key reports can be found at the bottom of this page.
- Financial Statements (link)
- Annual General Meetings (link)
- Regular Board Meetings (link)
How Governance works at The Kent MS Therapy Centre
The Board of Trustees has six legal responsibilities:
1. Ensure that our charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
(For the charity the word “public” means those people living with conditions as defined in our articles.)
The Trustees must ensure that the charity is delivering on the promises made within the articles of association:
- agree a strategy that defines what the charity will do, and how success will be measured
- demonstrate how the charity’s activities are intended to support or enhance the promises made in the articles
- understand how the charity benefits the public by carrying out its purposes
- ensure that all of the charities funds are spent on delivering the promises set out in the articles.
2. Comply with our charity’s governing document and the law
- ensure that the charity complies with its governing document
- ensure that the charity complies with charity law, company law and other laws that might apply.
3. Act in the charity’s best interests
- do what the Trustees (and no one else) decide will best enable the charity to carry out its purposes
- make balanced and adequately informed decisions, thinking about the long term as well as the short term
- avoid putting themselves in a position where their duty to the charity conflicts with their personal interests or loyalty to any other person or body
- not receive any benefit from the charity unless it is properly authorised and is clearly in the charity’s interests
4. Manage the charity’s resources responsibly
Trustees must act responsibly, reasonably and honestly by exercising sound judgement and:
- make sure the charity’s assets are only used to support or carry out its purposes
- avoid exposing the charity’s assets, beneficiaries or reputation to undue risk
- not over-commit the charity.
5. Act with reasonable care and skill
- use reasonable care and skill, making use of their skills and experience and taking appropriate professional advice when necessary
- give enough time, thought and energy to their role.
6. Ensure that the charity is accountable
Trustees must comply with statutory accounting and reporting requirements and should also:
- be able to demonstrate that the charity is well run and effective
- ensure appropriate accountability to the members
- ensure that the charities employees and volunteers understand their roles and responsibilities.