Governance & Management

stmarysFollowing an amendment during 2013, the Scheme provides for the appointment of twelve trustees: three ex-officio, one nominative and eight co-optative trustees.  The ex-officio trustees are the Rector of the Parish of St Michael Lichfield, the Mayor of the City of Lichfield and the Chairman of Lichfield District Council.  Lichfield City Council appoints the nominative trustee.  The nominative trustee serves for a period of four years and co-optative trustees serve for a period of five years.  New co-optative trustees are identified from people within the local community who have the necessary skills and interest and are appointed by the remaining trustees.

The induction process for newly appointed co-optative trustees comprises an initial meeting with the Board of Trustees, at which an information pack is provided.  This pack includes a copy of the governing document, a copy of the most recent trustees’ report and accounts, copy of the minutes of previous trustees’ meetings and a copy of the Charity Commission Guidance – ‘The Essential Trustee’ and ‘Charities and Public Benefit’.

The trustees meet four times a year to consider grant applications and when appropriate, broad strategy and area of activity for the Charity including investments, reserves and risk management policies and performance.  The day to day administration of grants and the processing of applications prior to consideration by the trustees are delegated to the Warden.