Code of Conduct

Based in the “Code of Conduct for Trustees” by the Charity Trustee Networks

It is the responsibility of management committee members and trustees to:

  1. Act within the governing document and the law – being aware of the contents of the BSANA’s constitution and the law as it applies to BSANA.
  2. Act in the best interest of BSANA and the BSANA neighbourhood as a whole – considering what is best for BSANA and its beneficiaries and avoiding bringing BSANA into disrepute.
  3. Manage conflicts of interest effectively – registering, declaring and resolving conflicts of interest. Not gaining materially or financially unless specifically authorised to do so (for example being paid as an employee).
  4. Respect confidentiality – understanding what confidentiality means in practice for BSANA and the individuals involved with it.
  5. Have a sound and up-to-date knowledge of BSANA and its environment – understanding how BSANA works and the environment within which it operates.
  6. Attend meetings and other appointments or give apologies – considering other ways of engaging with the organisation if regularly unable to attend trustee meetings.
  7. Prepare fully for meetings and all work for BSANA – reading papers, querying anything you don’t understand and thinking through issues in good time before meetings. Also addressing actions assigned to you from meetings in a timely manner.
  8. Actively engage in discussion, debate and voting in meetings – contributing positively, listening carefully, challenging sensitively and avoiding conflict.
  9. Act jointly and accept a majority decision – making decisions collectively, standing by them and not acting individually unless specifically authorised to do so.
  10. Work considerately and respectfully with all – respecting diversity, different roles and boundaries, and avoiding giving offence.

Trustees are expected to honour the content and spirit of this code.

This document is dated 5th May 2019 and is due to be reviewed in May 2021.