ACAT is governed by its Trustees. They have overall responsibility for the development of ACAT and for setting the general direction of the organisation. Their roles are separate from the members of the Council of Management and are concerned with standing back from the daily activities and thinking about whether ACAT has the vision and strategy in place to make it likely to be able to fulfil the objects of ACAT as set out in the constitution:
The Board of Trustees is ultimately accountable under the law for everything that ACAT does.
ACAT Trustees are expected to act according to the 7 Nolan Principles, which are the basis of the ethical standards expected of public office holders:
The major duties of a Trustee can be summarised as follows
Trustees also have certain duties and responsibilities as summarised below
Trustees are elected by full members of ACAT at the AGM. There is no maximum term - one-third stand down each year but can stand for re-election if they wish.
ACAT has a maximum of twelve Trustees at any one time; the majority are full members of ACAT, some of whom have played key parts in the past, others who are interested in taking an overview of ACAT. Within this twelve, there may be up to two lay members (non-member Trustees). These may be people who represent the patients' voice or that of the NHS or the third sector.
Trustees meet three times a year in London (with Council of Management), coinciding with meetings of the Training Committee and Exam Board, and also have an annual away day to think strategically about ACAT.
The Chair's Annual Report from Jason Hepple, presented at the 2016 AGM, highlighted ways in which communication between the membership and ACAT’s committees runs. It also included information about the pathway for members to bring to the ACAT Board of Trustees’ attention any matters of concern they wished to raise which they felt may not have been resolved through the committee structure.
The Board welcomes members raising matters with the Board that they feel cannot be resolved by the normal decision making machinery of ACAT (i.e. its committee structures). Items that a member wishes to be drawn to the attention of the Board which they feel have not been resolved by the committee process, or may require direct consultation with or a survey of members’ opinion, or consideration by the Board for inclusion on the agenda of the next AGM, should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Forthcoming meeting dates:
Friday, 16th October 2020
Friday, 19th February 2021
Friday, 4th June 2021
Friday, 8th October 2021
Updated October 2020
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