Formal notice of the 34th Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society’s Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held at the Apostle Room, Bristol Cathedral on Wed 8 March 2023 at 7.30pm
The agenda will include confirmation of quorum and minutes, election of officers and officer reports followed by an illustrated talk by Andrew Smith BAAS member and ex-Chairman of the Society on The Archaeology of Orkney.
The following proposals will also be presented and then voted on by the membership:
Item 1: to change the charity status of Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society from an unincorporated association to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
BAAS is a registered charity regulated by the Charity Commission. Currently the structure of BAAS is as an Unincorporated Association. As an Unincorporated Association BAAS is not a legal entity therefore it is unable to own property, control investments or contract in its own name. This means that when a contract is necessary, the liability is taken by one of the Committee.
There is now a new legal form for a charity called a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, (CIO); it is not a limited company which is subject to Companies House regulations, and its legal framework emanates from and is regulated by the 2011 Charity Act. The benefit of this structure is that it gives BAAS the legal capacity to do business in its own name and that CIO trustees are normally not personally liable.
Proposal: The Trustees propose that BAAS changes its status to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
Item 2: For BAAS to adopt a new constitution in line with a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
In order to become a CIO, BAAS needs to adopt a new constitution in order to get approval from the Charity Commission. The format of the current BAAS Rules would not be accepted.
The Trustees have drafted a new BAAS Constitution based on the Charity Commission constitution model (see Appendix 1). They have also created a series of guidance for members and the committee to ensure the effective running of the society (see Appendices 2 and 3). All documents will also be available on the BAAS website in due course.
Proposal: The Trustees propose that BAAS adopts the draft constitution and guidance notes.
Item 3: For BAAS to adopt a Code of Conduct and Complaints procedure.
BAAS is a friendly and inclusive society. It does not tolerate inappropriate, discriminatory, offensive or harmful behaviour. To support this, the Trustees have created a Code of Conduct and an associated Complaints Procedure (see Appendices 4 and 5).
Proposal: The Trustees propose that BAAS adopt the Code of Conduct and Complaints procedure.
Item 4: To create a new enhanced category of membership from 2024 onwards
Currently, membership subscriptions do not cover the costs of printing and postage of the BAA Journal and BAAS reserve funds are subsidising all member’s copies. The BAAS 2022 membership survey identified that not all members want a paper copy and would be happy to receive an electronic copy. It also revealed that of those members that do want a printed copy, 85% of members would be willing to contribute to it. Of those prepared to pay, 73% would be prepared to pay up to £10 and 27% up to £20 per copy.
To address this, an additional ‘enhanced’ category of membership for those wanting a printed copy of BAAS has been suggested. This ‘enhanced’ membership will cost extra to cover the costs involved in printing and postage.
This would create the following membership categories:
- Ordinary Regular/Enhanced
- Joint Regular/Enhanced
If, due to unforeseen circumstances, a journal is not produced within the membership year, enhanced members will receive a refund.
Proposal: The Trustees propose that the membership categories listed above are adopted.
Item 5: To increase annual subscriptions for the membership year commencing 1st March 2024
Currently the subscriptions do not cover the annual running costs of the Society or the printing and postage costs of the BAA Journal.
The subscription rate for Seniors was abolished in 2018 raising their subscription from £6 to £10 bringing them in line with Ordinary members. The subscription rate for Institutions was also raised from £15 to £20. However, the subscription rate for Ordinary and Joint membership has not been increased since before 2002 and has remained at £10 and £15 respectively for more than 21 years (our records don’t go back earlier than 2002).
The Committee would like the membership to consider raising the annual membership subscriptions for all categories of membership. This would be payable with effect from 1st March 2024 as follows:
- Ordinary members increase to £15 per person from £10
- Ordinary Enhanced members £25 per person (to include a paper copy of the journal)
- Joint members (two people residing at same address) increase to £20 from £15
- Joint Enhanced members (two people residing at same address) £30 (to include one copy of the journal)
- Institution members increase to £25 from £20 (to include a paper copy of the journal)
- Life members – Free
Proposal: The Trustees propose to increase the membership subscription outlined above.
Item 6: To allow the committee to decide when and how much subscriptions should be increased without needing to go to the AGM.
The annual subscriptions are due on 1st March each year which is in the same month, but earlier than the AGM. This means that subscription increases permitted by the membership are always delayed by one year i.e., a request in 2023 for a subscription increase cannot be implemented until 2024. This one-year delay does not help our financial situation.
Proposal: The Trustees propose to be authorised by the membership to decide when subscriptions should be increased and by how much without having to go to the AGM for permission.
APPENDIX 1 – Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society CIO Constitution
Date of constitution (last amended): March 2023
“The name of the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (“the CIO”) is
BRISTOL AND AVON ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
2. National location of principal office
The principal office of the CIO is in England.
The objects of the CIO are:
- To promote, share and contribute to a wider appreciation of archaeology and history with an emphasis on Bristol and its surrounding area.
- To provide opportunities to explore, engage with, and be inspired by archaeology and related topics with an emphasis on the local area.
- To support and encourage people to join, undertake research, share interests, meet like-minded people and play an active role in the society.
The CIO has power to do anything which is calculated to further its object[s] or is conducive or incidental to doing so. In particular, the CIO’s powers include power to:
(1) borrow money and to charge the whole or any part of its property as security for the repayment of the money borrowed. The CIO must comply as appropriate with sections 124 and 125 of the Charities Act 2011 if it wishes to mortgage land;
(2) buy, take on lease or in exchange, hire or otherwise acquire any property and to maintain and equip it for use;
(3) sell, lease or otherwise dispose of all or any part of the property belonging to the CIO. In exercising this power, the CIO must comply as appropriate with sections 117 and 119-123 of the Charities Act 2011;
(4) employ and remunerate such staff as are necessary for carrying out the work of the CIO. The CIO may employ or remunerate a charity trustee only to the extent that it is permitted to do so by clause 6 (Benefits and payments to charity trustees and connected persons) and provided it complies with the conditions of those clauses;
(5) deposit or invest funds, employ a professional fund-manager, and arrange for the investments or other property of the CIO to be held in the name of a nominee, in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as the trustees of a trust are permitted to do by the Trustee Act 2000.
5 Application of income and property
(1) The income and property of the CIO must be applied solely towards the promotion of the objects.
(a) A charity trustee is entitled to be reimbursed from the property of the CIO or may pay out of such property reasonable expenses properly incurred by him or her when acting on behalf of the CIO.
(b) A charity trustee may benefit from trustee indemnity insurance cover purchased at the CIO’s expense in accordance with, and subject to the conditions in, section 189 of the Charities Act 2011.
(2) None of the income or property of the CIO may be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise by way of profit to any member of the CIO. This does not prevent a member who is not also a charity trustee receiving:
(a) a benefit from the CIO as a beneficiary of the CIO;
(b) reasonable and proper remuneration for any goods or services supplied to the CIO.
(3) Nothing in this clause shall prevent a charity trustee or connected person receiving any benefit or payment which is authorised by Clause 6.
6 Benefits and payments to charity trustees and connected persons
(1) General provisions
No charity trustee or connected person may:
(a) buy or receive any goods or services from the CIO on terms preferential to those applicable to members of the public;
(b) sell goods, services, or any interest in land to the CIO;
(c) be employed by, or receive any remuneration from, the CIO;
(d) receive any other financial benefit from the CIO;
unless the payment or benefit is permitted by sub-clause (2) of this clause, or authorised by the court or the prior written consent of the Charity Commission (“the Commission”) has been obtained. In this clause, a “financial benefit” means a benefit, direct or indirect, which is either money or has a monetary value.
(2) Scope and powers permitting trustees’ or connected persons’ benefits
(a) A charity trustee or connected person may receive a benefit from the CIO as a beneficiary of the CIO provided that a majority of the trustees do not benefit in this way.
(b) A charity trustee or connected person may enter into a contract for the supply of services, or of goods that are supplied in connection with the provision of services, to the CIO where that is permitted in accordance with, and subject to the conditions in, section 185 to 188 of the Charities Act 2011.
(c) Subject to sub-clause (3) of this clause a charity trustee or connected person may provide the CIO with goods that are not supplied in connection with services provided to the CIO by the charity trustee or connected person.
(d) A charity trustee or connected person may receive interest on money lent to the CIO at a reasonable and proper rate which must be not more than the Bank of England bank rate (also known as the base rate).
(e) A charity trustee or connected person may receive rent for premises let by the trustee or connected person to the CIO. The amount of the rent and the other terms of the lease must be reasonable and proper. The charity trustee concerned must withdraw from any meeting at which such a proposal or the rent or other terms of the lease are under discussion.
(f) A charity trustee or connected person may take part in the normal trading and fundraising activities of the CIO on the same terms as members of the public.
(3) Payment for supply of goods only – controls
(a) The CIO and its charity trustees may only rely upon the authority provided by sub-clause (2)(c) of this clause if each of the following conditions is satisfied: (a) The amount or maximum amount of the payment for the goods is set out in a written agreement between the CIO and the charity trustee or connected person supplying the goods (“the supplier”).
(b) The amount or maximum amount of the payment for the goods does not exceed what is reasonable in the circumstances for the supply of the goods in question.
(c) The other charity trustees are satisfied that it is in the best interests of the CIO to contract with the supplier rather than with someone who is not a charity trustee or connected person. In reaching that decision the charity trustees must balance the advantage of contracting with a charity trustee or connected person against the disadvantages of doing so.
(d) The supplier is absent from the part of any meeting at which there is discussion of the proposal to enter into a contract or arrangement with him or her or it with regard to the supply of goods to the CIO.
(e) The supplier does not vote on any such matter and is not to be counted when calculating whether a quorum of charity trustees is present at the meeting.
(f) The reason for their decision is recorded by the charity trustees in the minute book.
(g) A majority of the charity trustees then in office are not in receipt of remuneration or payments authorised by clause 6.
(4) In sub-clauses (2) and (3) of this clause:
(a) “the CIO” includes any company in which the CIO:
(i) holds more than 50% of the shares; or
(ii) controls more than 50% of the voting rights attached to the shares; or
(iii) has the right to appoint one or more directors to the board of the company;
(b) “connected person” includes any person within the definition set out in clause  (Interpretation);”
7 Conflicts of interest and conflicts of loyalty
A charity trustee must:
(1) declare the nature and extent of any interest, direct or indirect, which he or she has in a proposed transaction or arrangement with the CIO or in any transaction or arrangement entered into by the CIO which has not previously been declared; and
(2) absent himself or herself from any discussions of the charity trustees in which it is possible that a conflict of interest will arise between his or her duty to act solely in the interests of the CIO and any personal interest (including but not limited to any financial interest). Any charity trustee absenting himself or herself from any discussions in accordance with this clause must not vote or be counted as part of the quorum in any decision of the charity trustees on the matter.
8. Liability of members to contribute to the assets of the CIO if it is wound up
If the CIO is wound up, the members of the CIO have no liability to contribute to its assets and no personal responsibility for settling its debts and liabilities.
9. Membership of the CIO
(1) Admission of new members
Membership of the CIO is open to anyone who is interested in furthering its purposes, and who, by applying for membership, has indicated his, her or its agreement to become a member and acceptance of the duty of members set out in sub-clause (3) of this clause.
A member may be an individual, a corporate body, or an organisation which is not incorporated.
(b) Admission procedure
The charity trustees:
(i) may require applications for membership to be made in any reasonable way that they decide;
(ii) shall, if they approve an application for membership, notify the applicant of their decision within 30 days;
(iii) may refuse an application for membership if they believe that it is in the best interests of the CIO for them to do so;
(iv) shall, if they decide to refuse an application for membership, give the applicant their reasons for doing so, within 90 days of the decision being taken, and give the applicant the opportunity to appeal against the refusal; and
(v) shall give fair consideration to any such appeal, and shall inform the applicant of their decision, but any decision to confirm refusal of the application for membership shall be final.
(2) Transfer of membership
Membership of the CIO cannot be transferred to anyone else [except in the case of an individual or corporate body representing an organisation which is not incorporated, whose membership may be transferred by the unincorporated organisation to a new representative. Such transfer of membership does not take effect until the CIO has received written notification of the transfer].
(3) Duty of members
It is the duty of each member of the CIO to exercise his or her powers as a member of the CIO in the way he or she decides in good faith would be most likely to further the purposes of the CIO.
(4) Termination of membership
(a) Membership of the CIO comes to an end if:
(i) the member dies, or, in the case of an organisation (or the representative of an organisation) that organisation ceases to exist; or
(ii) the member sends a notice of resignation to the charity trustees; or
(iii) any sum of money owed by the member to the CIO is not paid in full within six months of its falling due; or
(iv) the charity trustees decide that it is in the best interests of the CIO that the member in question should be removed from membership, and pass a resolution to that effect.
(b) Before the charity trustees take any decision to remove someone from membership of the CIO they must:
(i) inform the member of the reasons why it is proposed to remove him, her or it from membership;
(ii) give the member at least 21 clear days’ notice in which to make representations to the charity trustees as to why he, she or it should not be removed from membership;
(iii) at a duly constituted meeting of the charity trustees, consider whether or not the member should be removed from membership;
(iv) consider at that meeting any representations which the member makes as to why the member should not be removed; and
(v) allow the member, or the member’s representative, to make those representations in person at that meeting, if the member so chooses.
(5) Membership fees
The CIO may require members to pay reasonable membership fees to the CIO.
(6) Informal or associate (non-voting) membership
(a) The charity trustees may create associate or other classes of non-voting membership, and may determine the rights and obligations of any such members (including payment of membership fees), and the conditions for admission to, and termination of membership of any such class of members.
(b) Other references in this constitution to “members” and “membership” do not apply to non-voting members, and non-voting members do not qualify as members for any purpose under the Charities Acts, General Regulations or Dissolution Regulations.
10. Members’ decisions
(1) General provisions
Except for those decisions that must be taken in a particular way as indicated in sub-clause (4) of this clause, decisions of the members of the CIO may be taken either by vote at a general meeting as provided in sub-clause (2) of this clause or by written resolution as provided in subclause (3) of this clause.
(2) Taking ordinary decisions by vote
Subject to sub-clause (4) of this clause, any decision of the members of the CIO may be taken by means of a resolution at a general meeting. Such a resolution may be passed by a simple majority of votes cast at the meeting [(including votes cast by postal or email ballot, and proxy votes)].
(3) Taking ordinary decisions by written resolution without a general meeting
(a) Subject to sub-clause (4) of this clause, a resolution in writing agreed by a simple majority of all the members who would have been entitled to vote upon it had it been proposed at a general meeting shall be effective, provided that:
(i) a copy of the proposed resolution has been sent to all the members eligible to vote; and
(ii) a simple majority of members has signified its agreement to the resolution in a document or documents which are received at the principal office within the period of 28 days beginning with the circulation date. The document signifying a member’s agreement must be authenticated by their signature (or in the case of an organisation which is a member, by execution according to its usual procedure), by a statement of their identity accompanying the document, or in such other manner as the CIO has specified.
(b) The resolution in writing may comprise several copies to which one or more members has signified their agreement.
(c) Eligibility to vote on the resolution is limited to members who are members of the CIO on the date when the proposal is first circulated in accordance with paragraph (a) above.
(d) Not less than 10% of the members of the CIO may request the charity trustees to make a proposal for decision by the members.
(e) The charity trustees must within 21 days of receiving such a request comply with it if:
(i) The proposal is not frivolous or vexatious, and does not involve the publication of defamatory material;
(ii) The proposal is stated with sufficient clarity to enable effect to be given to it if it is agreed by the members; and
(iii) Effect can lawfully be given to the proposal if it is so agreed.
(f) Sub-clauses (a) to (c) of this clause apply to a proposal made at the request of members.
(4) Decisions that must be taken in a particular way
(a) Any decision to remove a trustee must be taken in accordance with clause [15(2)].]
(b) Any decision to amend this constitution must be taken in accordance with clause  of this constitution (Amendment of Constitution).
(c) Any decision to wind up or dissolve the CIO must be taken in accordance with clause  of this constitution (Voluntary winding up or dissolution). Any decision to amalgamate or transfer the undertaking of the CIO to one or more other CIOs must be taken in accordance with the provisions of the Charities Act 2011.
11. General meetings of members
(1) Types of general meeting
There must be an annual general meeting (AGM) of the members of the CIO. The first AGM must be held within 18 months of the registration of the CIO, and subsequent AGMs must be held at intervals of not more than 15 months. The AGM must receive the annual statement of accounts (duly audited or examined where applicable) and the trustees’ annual report, and must elect trustees as required under clause 13.
Other general meetings of the members of the CIO may be held at any time.
All general meetings must be held in accordance with the following provisions.
(2) Calling general meetings
(a) The charity trustees:
(i) must call the annual general meeting of the members of the CIO in accordance with sub-clause (1) of this clause, and identify it as such in the notice of the meeting; and
(ii) may call any other general meeting of the members at any time.
(b) The charity trustees must, within 21 days, call a general meeting of the members of the CIO if:
(i) they receive a request to do so from at least 10% of the members of the CIO; and
(ii) the request states the general nature of the business to be dealt with at the meeting, and is authenticated by the member(s) making the request.
(c) If, at the time of any such request, there has not been any general meeting of the members of the CIO for more than 12 months, then sub-clause (b)(i) of this clause shall have effect as if 5% were substituted for 10%.
(d) Any such request may include particulars of a resolution that may properly be proposed, and is intended to be proposed, at the meeting.
(e) A resolution may only properly be proposed if it is lawful, and is not defamatory, frivolous or vexatious.
(f) Any general meeting called by the charity trustees at the request of the members of the CIO must be held within 28 days from the date on which it is called.
(g) If the charity trustees fail to comply with this obligation to call a general meeting at the request of its members, then the members who requested the meeting may themselves call a general meeting.
(h) A general meeting called in this way must be held not more than 3 months after the date when the members first requested the meeting.
(i) The CIO must reimburse any reasonable expenses incurred by the members calling a general meeting by reason of the failure of the charity trustees to duly call the meeting, but the CIO shall be entitled to be indemnified by the charity trustees who were responsible for such failure.
(3) Notice of general meetings
(a) The charity trustees, or, as the case may be, the relevant members of the CIO, must give at least 14 clear days’ notice of any general meeting to all of the members, and to any charity trustee of the CIO who is not a member.
(b) If it is agreed by not less than 90% of all members of the CIO, any resolution may be proposed and passed at the meeting even though the requirements of sub-clause (3) (a) of this clause have not been met. This sub-clause does not apply where a specified period of notice is strictly required by another clause in this constitution, by the Charities Act 2011 or by the General Regulations.
(c) The notice of any general meeting must:
(i) state the time and date of the meeting:
(ii) give the address at which the meeting is to take place;
(iii) give particulars of any resolution which is to be moved at the meeting, and of the general nature of any other business to be dealt with at the meeting; and
(iv) if a proposal to alter the constitution of the CIO is to be considered at the meeting, include the text of the proposed alteration;
(v) include, with the notice for the AGM, the annual statement of accounts and trustees’ annual report, details of persons standing for election or re-election as trustee, or where allowed under clause 22 (Use of electronic communication), details of where the information may be found on the CIO’s website.
(vi) Proof that an envelope containing a notice was properly addressed, prepaid and posted; or that an electronic form of notice was properly addressed and sent, shall be conclusive evidence that the notice was given. Notice shall be deemed to be given 48 hours after it was posted or sent.
(vii) The proceedings of a meeting shall not be invalidated because a member who was entitled to receive notice of the meeting did not receive it because of accidental omission by the CIO.
(4) Chairing of general meetings
The person nominated as chair by the charity trustees under clause 19 (2) (Chairing of meetings), shall, if present at the general meeting and willing to act, preside as chair of the meeting. Subject to that, the members of the CIO who are present at a general meeting shall elect a chair to preside at the meeting.
(5) Quorum at general meetings
(a) No business may be transacted at any general meeting of the members of the CIO unless a quorum is present when the meeting starts.
(b) Subject to the following provisions, the quorum for general meetings shall be 20 members. An organisation represented by a person present at the meeting in accordance with sub-clause (7) of this clause, is counted as being present in person.
(c If the meeting has been called by or at the request of the members and a quorum is not present within 15 minutes of the starting time specified in the notice of the meeting, the meeting is closed.
(d) If the meeting has been called in any other way and a quorum is not present within 15 minutes of the starting time specified in the notice of the meeting, the chair must adjourn the meeting. The date, time and place at which the meeting will resume must either be announced by the chair or be notified to the CIO’s members at least seven clear days before the date on which it will resume.
(e) If a quorum is not present within 15 minutes of the start time of the adjourned meeting, the member or members present at the meeting constitute a quorum.
(f) If at any time during the meeting a quorum ceases to be present, the meeting may discuss issues and make recommendations to the trustees but may not make any decisions. If decisions are required which must be made by a meeting of the members, the meeting must be adjourned.
(6) Voting at general meetings
(a) Any decision other than one falling within clause 10(4) (Decisions that must be taken in a particular way) shall be taken by a simple majority of votes cast at the meeting (including proxy and postal votes). Every member has one vote.
(b) A resolution put to the vote of a meeting shall be decided on a show of hands, unless (before or on the declaration of the result of the show of hands) a poll is duly demanded. A poll may be demanded by the chair or by at least 10% of the members present in person or by proxy at the meeting.
(c) A poll demanded on the election of a person to chair the meeting or on a question of adjournment must be taken immediately. A poll on any other matter shall be taken, and the result of the poll shall be announced, in such manner as the chair of the meeting shall decide, provided that the poll must be taken, and the result of the poll announced, within 30 days of the demand for the poll.
(d) A poll may be taken:
(i) at the meeting at which it was demanded; or
(ii) at some other time and place specified by the chair; or
(iii) through the use of postal or electronic communications.
(e) In the event of an equality of votes, whether on a show of hands or on a poll, the chair of the meeting shall have a second, or casting vote.
(f) Any objection to the qualification of any voter must be raised at the meeting at which the vote is cast and the decision of the chair of the meeting shall be final. Representation of organisations and corporate members
(7) Representation of organisations and corporate members
An organisation or a corporate body that is a member of the CIO may, in accordance with its usual decision-making process, authorise a person to act as its representative at any general meeting of the CIO. The representative is entitled to exercise the same powers on behalf of the organisation or corporate body as the organisation or corporate body could exercise as an individual member of the CIO.
(8) Adjournment of meetings.
The chair may with the consent of a meeting at which a quorum is present (and shall if so directed by the meeting) adjourn the meeting to another time and/or place. No business may be transacted at an adjourned meeting except business which could properly have been transacted at the original meeting.
(9) Postal Voting
(a) The CIO may, if the charity trustees so decide, allow the members to vote by post or electronic mail (“email”) to elect charity trustees or to make a decision on any matter that is being decided at a general meeting of the members.
(b) The charity trustees must appoint at least two persons independent of the CIO to serve as scrutineers to supervise the conduct of the postal/email ballot and the counting of votes.
(c) If postal and/or email voting is to be allowed on a matter, the CIO must send to members of the CIO not less than 21 days before the deadline for receipt of votes cast in this way:
(i) a notice by email, if the member has agreed to receive notices in this way under clause 22 (Use of electronic communications), including an explanation of the purpose of the vote and the voting procedure to be followed by the member, and a voting form capable of being returned by email or post to the CIO, containing details of the resolution being put to a vote, or of the candidates for election, as applicable;
(ii) a notice by post to all other members, including a written explanation of the purpose of the postal vote and the voting procedure to be followed by the member; and a postal voting form containing details of the resolution being put to a vote, or of the candidates for election, as applicable.
12 Charity trustees
(1) Functions and duties of charity trustees
The charity trustees shall manage the affairs of the CIO and may for that purpose exercise all the powers of the CIO. It is the duty of each charity trustee:
(a) to exercise his or her powers and to perform his or her functions as a trustee of the CIO in the way he or she decides in good faith would be most likely to further the purposes of the CIO;
(b) and to exercise, in the performance of those functions, such care and skill as is reasonable in the circumstances having regard in particular to:
(i) any special knowledge or experience that he or she has or holds himself or herself out as having;
(ii) and if he or she acts as a charity trustee of the CIO in the course of a business or profession, to any special knowledge or experience that it is reasonable to expect of a person acting in the course of that kind of business or profession.
(2) Eligibility for trusteeship
(a) Every charity trustee must be a natural person.
(b) No one may be appointed as a charity trustee:
• if he or she is under the age of 16 years; or
• if he or she would automatically cease to hold office under the provisions of clause 15(1)(f).
(c) No one is entitled to act as a charity trustee whether on appointment or on any re-appointment until he or she has expressly acknowledged, in whatever way the charity trustees decide, his or her acceptance of the office of charity trustee.
(d) At least one of the trustees of the CIO must be 18 years of age or over. If there is no trustee aged at least 18 years, the remaining trustee or trustees may act only to call a meeting of the charity trustees, or appoint a new charity trustee.
(3) Number of charity trustees
There must be at least three charity trustees. If the number falls below this minimum, the remaining trustee or trustees may act only to call a meeting of the charity trustees, or appoint a new charity trustee.
The maximum number of charity trustees is 15. The charity trustees may not appoint any charity trustee if as a result the number of charity trustees would exceed the maximum.
(4) First charity trustees The first charity trustees of the CIO are ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………
13. Appointment of charity trustees
(1) At every annual general meeting of the members of the CIO, one-third of the charity trustees shall retire from office. If the number of charity trustees is not three or a multiple of three, then the number nearest to one-third shall retire from office, but if there is only one charity trustee, he or she shall retire;
(2) The charity trustees to retire by rotation shall be those who have been longest in office since their last appointment or reappointment. If any trustees were last appointed or reappointed on the same day those to retire shall (unless they otherwise agree among themselves) be determined by lot;
(3) The vacancies so arising may be filled by the decision of the members at the annual general meeting; any vacancies not filled at the annual general meeting may be filled as provided in sub-clause (5) of this clause;
(4) The members or the charity trustees may at any time decide to appoint a new charity trustee, whether in place of a charity trustee who has retired or been removed in accordance with clause 15 (Retirement and removal of charity trustees), or as an additional charity trustee, provided that the limit specified in clause 12 on the number of charity trustees would not as a result be exceeded;
(5) A person so appointed by the members of the CIO shall retire in accordance with the provisions of sub-clauses (1) and (2) of this clause. A person so appointed by the charity trustees shall retire at the conclusion of the next annual general meeting after the date of his or her appointment, and shall not be counted for the purpose of determining which of the charity trustees is to retire by rotation at that meeting.
14. Information for new charity trustees
The charity trustees will make available to each new charity trustee, on or before his or her first appointment:
(a) a copy of this constitution and any amendments made to it; and
(b) a copy of the CIO’s latest trustees’ annual report and statement of accounts.
15. Retirement and removal of charity trustees
(1) A charity trustee ceases to hold office if he or she:
(a) retires by notifying the CIO in writing (but only if enough charity trustees will remain in office when the notice of resignation takes effect to form a quorum for meetings);
(b) is absent without the permission of the charity trustees from all their meetings held within a period of six months and the trustees resolve that his or her office be vacated;
(d) in the written opinion, given to the CIO, of a registered medical practitioner treating that person, has become physically or mentally incapable of acting as a trustee and may remain so for more than three months;
(e) is removed by the members of the CIO in accordance with sub-clause (2) of this clause;
(f) or is disqualified from acting as a charity trustee by virtue of section 178-180 of the Charities Act 2011 (or any statutory re-enactment or modification of that provision).
(2) A charity trustee shall be removed from office if a resolution to remove that trustee is proposed at a general meeting of the members called for that purpose and properly convened in accordance with clause 11, and the resolution is passed by a two-thirds majority of votes cast at the meeting.
(3) A resolution to remove a charity trustee in accordance with this clause shall not take effect unless the individual concerned has been given at least 14 clear days’ notice in writing that the resolution is to be proposed, specifying the circumstances alleged to justify removal from office, and has been given a reasonable opportunity of making oral and/or written representations to the members of the CIO.
16. Reappointment of charity trustees
Any person who retires as a charity trustee by rotation or by giving notice to the CIO is eligible for reappointment.
17. Taking of decisions by charity trustees
Any decision may be taken either:
• at a meeting of the charity trustees; or
• by resolution in writing or electronic form agreed by a majority of all of the charity trustees, which may comprise either a single document or several documents containing the text of the resolution in like form to which the majority of all of the charity trustees has signified their agreement. Such a resolution shall be effective provided that
• a copy of the proposed resolution has been sent, at or as near as reasonably practicable to the same time, to all of the charity trustees; and
• the majority of all of the charity trustees has signified agreement to the resolution in a document or documents which has or have been authenticated by their signature, by a statement of their identity accompanying the document or documents, or in such other manner as the charity trustees have previously resolved, and delivered to the CIO at its principal office or such other place as the trustees may resolve.
18. Delegation by charity trustees
(1) The charity trustees may delegate any of their powers or functions to a committee or committees, and, if they do, they must determine the terms and conditions on which the delegation is made. The charity trustees may at any time alter those terms and conditions, or revoke the delegation.
(2) This power is in addition to the power of delegation in the General Regulations and any other power of delegation available to the charity trustees, but is subject to the following requirements
(a) a committee may consist of two or more persons, but at least one member of each committee must be a charity trustee;
(b) the acts and proceedings of any committee must be brought to the attention of the charity trustees as a whole as soon as is reasonably practicable;
(c) and the charity trustees shall from time to time review the arrangements which they have made for the delegation of their powers.
19. Meetings and proceedings of charity trustees
(1) Calling meetings
(a) Any charity trustee may call a meeting of the charity trustees.
(b) Subject to that, the charity trustees shall decide how their meetings are to be called, and what notice is required.
(2) Chairing of meetings
The charity trustees may appoint one of their number to chair their meetings and may at any time revoke such appointment. If no-one has been so appointed, or if the person appointed is unwilling to preside or is not present within 10 minutes after the time of the meeting, the charity trustees present may appoint one of their number to chair that meeting.
(3) Procedure at meetings
(a) No decision shall be taken at a meeting unless a quorum is present at the time when the decision is taken. The quorum is the number nearest to one half the total number of charity trustees, or such larger number as the charity trustees may decide from time to time. A charity trustee shall not be counted in the quorum present when any decision is made about a matter upon which he or she is not entitled to vote.
(b) Questions arising at a meeting shall be decided by a majority of those eligible to vote.
(c) In the case of an equality of votes, the chair shall have a second or casting vote.
(4) Participation in meetings by electronic means
(a) A meeting may be held by suitable electronic means agreed by the charity trustees in which each participant may communicate with all the other participants.
(b) Any charity trustee participating at a meeting by suitable electronic means agreed by the charity trustees in which a participant or participants may communicate with all the other participants shall qualify as being present at the meeting.
(c) Meetings held by electronic means must comply with rules for meetings, including chairing and the taking of minutes.
20. Saving provisions
(1) Subject to sub-clause (2) of this clause, all decisions of the charity trustees, or of a committee of charity trustees, shall be valid notwithstanding the participation in any vote of a charity trustee:
• who was disqualified from holding office;
• who had previously retired or who had been obliged by the constitution to vacate office;
• who was not entitled to vote on the matter, whether by reason of a conflict of interest or otherwise;
if, without the vote of that charity trustee and that charity trustee being counted in the quorum, the decision has been made by a majority of the charity trustees at a quorate meeting.
(2) Sub-clause (1) of this clause does not permit a charity trustee to keep any benefit that may be conferred upon him or her by a resolution of the charity trustees or of a committee of charity trustees if, but for clause (1), the resolution would have been void, or if the charity trustee has not complied with clause 7 (Conflicts of interest).
21. Execution of documents
(1) The CIO shall execute documents either by signature or by affixing its seal (if it has one).
(2) A document is validly executed by signature if it is signed by at least two of the charity trustees.
If the CIO has a seal:
(a) it must comply with the provisions of the General Regulations; and
(b) it must only be used by the authority of the charity trustees or of a committee of charity trustees duly authorised by the charity trustees. The charity trustees may determine who shall sign any document to which the seal is affixed and unless otherwise determined it shall be signed by two charity trustees.
22. Use of electronic communications
(1) The CIO will comply with the requirements of the Communications Provisions in the (1) General Regulations and in particular:
(a) the requirement to provide within 21 days to any member on request a hard copy of any document or information sent to the member otherwise than in hard copy form;
(b) any requirements to provide information to the Commission in a particular form or manner.
(2) To the CIO
Any member or charity trustee of the CIO may communicate electronically with the CIO to an address specified by the CIO for the purpose, so long as the communication is authenticated in a manner which is satisfactory to the CIO.
(3) By the CIO
(a) Any member or charity trustee of the CIO, by providing the CIO with his or her email address or similar, is taken to have agreed to receive communications from the CIO in electronic form at that address, unless the member has indicated to the CIO his or her unwillingness to receive such communications in that form.
(b) The charity trustees may, subject to compliance with any legal requirements, by means of publication on its website
(i) provide the members with the notice referred to in clause 11(3) (Notice of general meetings);
(ii) give charity trustees notice of their meetings in accordance with clause 19(1) (Calling meetings);
(iii) submit any proposal to the members or charity trustees for decision by written resolution or postal vote in accordance with the CIO’s powers under clause 10 (Members’ decisions), 10(3) (Decisions taken by resolution in writing), or the provisions for postal voting, 11 (9).
(c) The charity trustees must:
(i) take reasonable steps to ensure that members and charity trustees are promptly notified of the publication of any such notice or proposal;
(ii) send any such notice or proposal in hard copy form to any member or charity trustee who has not consented to receive communications in electronic form.”
23. Keeping of Registers
The CIO must comply with its obligations under the General Regulations in relation to the keeping of, and provision of access to, registers of its members and charity trustees.
The charity trustees must keep minutes of all:
(1) appointments of officers made by the charity trustees;
(2) proceedings at general meetings of the CIO;
(3) meetings of the charity trustees and committees of charity trustees including:
• the names of the trustees present at the meeting;
• the decisions made at the meetings;
• where appropriate the reasons for the decisions;
(4) decisions made by the charity trustees otherwise than in meetings.
25. Accounting records, accounts, annual reports and returns, register maintenance
(1) The charity trustees must comply with the requirements of the Charities Act 2011 with regard to the keeping of accounting records, to the preparation and scrutiny of statements of accounts, and to the preparation of annual reports and returns. The statements of accounts, reports and returns must be sent to the Charity Commission, regardless of the income of the CIO, within 10 months of the financial year end.
(2) The charity trustees must comply with their obligation to inform the Commission within 28 days of any change in the particulars of the CIO entered on the Central Register of Charities.
The charity trustees may from time to time make such reasonable and proper rules or bye laws as they may deem necessary or expedient for the proper conduct and management of the CIO, but such rules or bye laws must not be inconsistent with any provision of this constitution. Copies of any such rules or bye laws currently in force must be made available to any member of the CIO on request.
If a dispute arises between members of the CIO about the validity or propriety of anything done by the members under this constitution, and the dispute cannot be resolved by agreement, the parties to the dispute must first try in good faith to settle the dispute by mediation before resorting to litigation.
28. Amendment of constitution
As provided by clauses 224-227 of the Charities Act 2011:
(1) This constitution can only be amended:
(a) by resolution agreed in writing by all members of the CIO; or
(b) by a resolution passed by a 75% majority of votes cast at a general meeting of the members of the CIO.
(2) Any alteration of clause 3 (Objects), clause 29 (Voluntary winding up or dissolution), this clause, or of any provision where the alteration would provide authorisation for any benefit to be obtained by charity trustees or members of the CIO or persons connected with them, requires the prior written consent of the Charity Commission.
(3) No amendment that is inconsistent with the provisions of the Charities Act 2011 or the General Regulations shall be valid.
(4) A copy of any resolution altering the constitution, together with a copy of the CIO’s constitution as amended, must be sent to the Commission within 15 days from the date on which the resolution is passed. The amendment does not take effect until it has been recorded in the Register of Charities.
29. Voluntary winding up or dissolution
(1) As provided by the Dissolution Regulations, the CIO may be dissolved by resolution of its members. Any decision by the members to wind up or dissolve the CIO can only be made:
(a) at a general meeting of the members of the CIO called in accordance with clause 11 (Meetings of Members), of which not less than 14 days’ notice has been given to those eligible to attend and vote:
(i) by a resolution passed by a 75% majority of those voting, or
(ii) by a resolution passed by decision taken without a vote and without any expression of dissent in response to the question put to the general meeting; or (b) by a resolution agreed in writing by all members of the CIO.
(2) Subject to the payment of all the CIO’s debts:
(a) Any resolution for the winding up of the CIO, or for the dissolution of the CIO without winding up, may contain a provision directing how any remaining assets of the CIO shall be applied.
(b) If the resolution does not contain such a provision, the charity trustees must decide how any remaining assets of the CIO shall be applied.
(c) In either case the remaining assets must be applied for charitable purposes the same as or similar to those of the CIO.
(3) The CIO must observe the requirements of the Dissolution Regulations in applying to the Commission for the CIO to be removed from the Register of Charities, and in particular:
(a) the charity trustees must send with their application to the Commission:
(i) a copy of the resolution passed by the members of the CIO;
(ii) a declaration by the charity trustees that any debts and other liabilities of the CIO have been settled or otherwise provided for in full; and
(iii) a statement by the charity trustees setting out the way in which any property of the CIO has been or is to be applied prior to its dissolution in accordance with this constitution;
(b) the charity trustees must ensure that a copy of the application is sent within seven days to every member and employee of the CIO, and to any charity trustee of the CIO who was not privy to the application.
(4) If the CIO is to be wound up or dissolved in any other circumstances, the provisions of the Dissolution Regulations must be followed.
In this constitution:
“connected person” means:
(a) a child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, brother or sister of the charity trustee;
(b) the spouse or civil partner of the charity trustee or of any person falling within sub-clause (a) above;
(c) a person carrying on business in partnership with the charity trustee or with any person falling within subclause (a) or (b) above;
(d) an institution which is controlled
(i) by the charity trustee or any connected person falling within sub-clause (a), (b), or (c) above; or
(ii) by two or more persons falling within sub-clause (d)(i), when taken together
(e) a body corporate in which
(i) the charity trustee or any connected person falling within sub-clauses (a) to (c) has a substantial interest; or
(ii) two or more persons falling within sub-clause (e)(i) who, when taken together, have a substantial interest.
Section 118 of the Charities Act 2011 apply for the purposes of interpreting the terms used in this constitution.
“General Regulations” means the Charitable Incorporated Organisations (General) Regulations 2012.
“Dissolution Regulations” means the Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Insolvency and Dissolution) Regulations 2012.
The “Communications Provisions” means the Communications Provisions in [Part 9, Chapter 4] of the General Regulations.
“charity trustee” means a charity trustee of the CIO.
A “poll” means a counted vote or ballot, usually (but not necessarily) in writing.
Appendix 2 – Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society Membership Guidance
Membership shall be open to any person or organisation who supports the objects of the Society and follows its Code of Conduct.
Regular membership covers participation in all aspects of the Society including voting at General Meetings, election to the Committee, attendance at all events, regular electronic communications and publications.* Enhanced membership includes all of the above and a paper copy of the Bristol & Avon Archaeology Journal.
The membership year runs from 1 March until 28/29 February. Annual subscriptions shall be payable in advance by 1 March.
The subscription rates vary with the following categories of membership:
- Ordinary Regular/Enhanced
- Joint Regular/Enhanced
Ordinary Membership is open to individuals over 16 years of age.
Joint Membership is open to two people over 16 years, living at the same address each having full rights, but sharing communications including the Bulletin and Bristol & Avon Archaeology Journal.
Institutional Membership is open to universities, colleges, libraries and similar organisations, who receive one vote in Society General Meetings, one free entry to Society events, and one hard copy of the Bristol & Avon Archaeology Journal.
The privilege of Life Membership is awarded to members who have made an outstanding and demonstrable contribution to the society. Contributions include significant or long-standing services to the committee or the membership, publications in the Bristol & Avon Archaeology Journal or Bulletin or any other benefit made to the Society. This privilege is awarded by the committee ahead of the subscription year. Members may propose other members, but the final decision is taken by the Committee. Life Members do not pay subscriptions.
Any change in subscription rates shall be decided by the Committee.
Membership shall automatically lapse after 31 July of the year for which a subscription was due after at least one reminder has been sent to the member.
The subscription of a new member joining after 31 December will cover until 28/29th February the following year.
Subscriptions of a new members joining after 31 Dec, will be carried forward to cover the membership year starting on the 1 March.
*Posted versions of the Bulletin and other occasional documents are available on request only. An additional charge to cover postage may be applicable.
Appendix 3 – Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society Committee Guidance
The Committee will be made of the following posts:
Chairman, Vice-Chairman (who succeeds the Chairman), Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Programme Secretary, Hon. Membership Secretary, Hon. Editor (Bristol & Avon Archaeology), Assistant Editor, Hon. Editor Bulletin, Hon Website Coordinator, Hon. Project Officer and 4x Committee Members (not exceeding 15 in total).
Officers and Committee Members must be nominated (by the committee or two members) and then elected at an Annual General Meeting by a majority vote of those present at the AGM.
The term of office for Officers and Committee Members is three years. This starts immediately after the Annual General Meeting at which they were respectively elected. Officers and Committee Members shall retire every three years in rotation but are eligible for re-election.
Any Officer or Committee Member may hold more than one office, but will only have one vote.
Officers and Committee Members will be Trustees of Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society CIO and registered with the Charities Commission. They must confirm that they are eligible to do so under UK Charities Law.
Trustees have the power to co-opt people to the Committee if vacancies arise. Co-opted Committee Members will then need to be elected at the following Annual General Meeting.
The Committee shall meet on at least four occasions annually, and on other occasions as necessary. The Committee has the power to set up Sub-Committees as required.
The quorum is the number nearest to one half the total number of charity trustees, or such larger number as the charity trustees may decide from time to time.
The Committee will act on behalf of the Society to ensure that the objects are met. They are responsible for the ordinary business of the Society, including the allocation of funds, the provision of lectures and events and the production of publications. They will administer, interpret and regularly review this Guidance.
Co-opted committee members
The committee may also co-opt additional members who have specialist skills or knowledge which may be used to further the societies aims. The appointment of co-opted committee members is dependent on need and there are no minimum or maximum limits.
The committee also has the power to co-opt to fill any vacancies on the committee until the next Annual General Meeting.
Co-opted members shall not be trustees and therefore do not have voting powers but can sit on sub-committees or join meetings in an advisory capacity. Co-opted members shall serve for up to one year and be eligible for immediate co-option at the next Annual General Meeting if relevant.
Appendix 4 – BAAS Code of Conduct
BAAS is a friendly and inclusive society. It does not tolerate inappropriate, discriminatory, offensive or harmful behaviour.
BAAS members, trustees, visitors and volunteers are expected to:
· Adhere to all society rules including the BAAS Constitution and Membership Guidance.
· Treat all people with respect
· Behave with integrity and honesty
· Communicate openly and courteously
· Appreciate that everyone’s needs are different
· Respect everyone’s right to privacy and dignity
· Follow all BAAS Health and Safety guidance
· Use BAAS’ name appropriately and not for personal benefit or to endorse personal views
· Comply with all relevant professional or government standards, guidance, codes and laws that relate to archaeology and heritage
· Take appropriate action to report any incident or allegation of breach of the above to the BAAS Secretary or Membership Secretary.
BAAS has developed a Complaints Procedure to support this Code of Conduct.
Appendix 5 – Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society Complaints Procedure for Members and Visitors
BAAS tries to provide an inclusive service to its Members and Visitors that meet the aims of the Society. BAAS acknowledges that sometimes issues arise (often outside the control of BAAS) that need to be improved. BAAS Committee Members are always interested in feedback from Members and Visitors in order to improve the experience of being a BAAS Member and to improve services offered. If you have feedback or a complaint to make, BAAS has developed the following procedure.
Stage 1 – Informal
If you wish to make a complaint or offer constructive feedback regarding any of the BAAS services, in the first instance you should raise this informally with either the Secretary or the Membership Secretary. They will consider your complaint/feedback to identify whether it is valid or appropriate and requires further action. If further action is necessary, they will aim to respond to you, in writing, within 28 days.
Stage 2 – Formal
If you are unhappy with the outcome of your informal complaint (Stage 1) you should put your complaint in writing and address it to the Chair. Please give full details of your complaint. The Chair may, if required, contact the Secretary/Membership Secretary you approached at Stage 1 to clarify their response and/or any actions taken. The Chair will consider your complaint and respond to you, in writing, within 28 days of receiving your Stage 2 complaint.
Stage 3 – Committee Decision
If you are still unhappy with the outcome of your formal complaint (Stage 2) you should put your complaint in writing again and address it to the Chair. Please give full details of the reason why you feel your complaint has not been resolved at Stage 2. The Chair will convene a meeting with two other Committee Members (not the Secretary or Membership Secretary) to discuss your complaint. These Committee Members will be unaware of any information discussed in Stages 1 and 2 and, as such, will be completely impartial. The outcome of this meeting will be sent to you in writing within 28 days of receiving your Stage 3 complaint. The decision taken at this stage will be final.
Informal contact with the Secretary or Membership Secretary means either verbal or email/letter communication.
At the formal stages the term ‘in writing’ must be by letter or email.
If you have already opted out of electronic communication, your response(s) will be by letter.
Contact details for the Officers mentioned above can be found in the BAAS Bulletin and on the BAAS website: www.bristolandavonarchaeology.org.uk