Membership policy

1. Overview

1.1 Membership “… is open to anyone who is interested in furthering its purposes, and who, by applying for membership, has indicated … agreement to become a member and acceptance of the duty of members.

1.2 The duty of Members is to exercise his or her powers as a member in the way he or she decides in good faith would be most likely to further the purposes of the Fathers’ Development Foundation (the Foundation).

1.3 Members may be named individuals or organisations, whether corporate or unincorporated.

1.4 Trustees have discretion to charge reasonable membership fees.

1.5 Members have voting rights for decisions at annual general meetings (AGMs), general meetings, or by written resolution as provided under the Constitution.

1.6 The Constitution contains special provisions regarding decisions concerning:

• Removal of a Trustee;

• Constitutional amendments; and

• Voluntary winding up or dissolution of the Foundation.


2. Appointment of Trustees

2.1 At the first annual general meeting (AGM) of the members of the Foundation, all charity trustees shall retire from office.

2.2 At every subsequent AGM, one-third of the charity trustees shall retire from office. If the number of 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 trustee, he or she shall retire.

2.3 The 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.

2.4 The vacancies so arising may be filled by the decision of the members at the AGM.

2.5 Any vacancies not filled at the AGM may be filled as follows: the members or the trustees may at any time decide to appoint a new trustee, whether in place of a trustee who has retired or been removed in accordance with the Constitution, or as an additional trustee.


3. AGMs & general meetings

3.1 The first AGM must be held by mid April 2018; subsequent AGMs must be held at intervals of not more than 15 months.

3.2 AGMs must receive the examined Annual Statement of Accounts, the Trustees’ Annual Report and details of persons standing for election as Trustee at least 14 days prior to the AGM.

3.3 The quorum for AGMs and general meetings is the greater of 10% of the membership, or 5 members.

3.4 The trustees must, within 21 days, call a general meeting of the members of the Foundation if they receive a request to do so from at least 10% of the members of the Foundation and the request states the general nature of the business to be dealt with at the meeting.

3.4.1 If, at the time of any such request, there has not been any general meeting of the members of the Foundation for more than 12 months, then clause 3.3 shall have effect as if 5% were substituted for 10%.

3.4.2 Any general meeting called by the trustees at the request of the members of the Foundation must be held within 28 days from the date on which it is called.

3.5 Decisions are generally taken by a simple majority of votes cast at the meeting (including proxy and postal votes). Please refer to the Constitution regarding proxy and postal voting.


4. Members

4.1 Membership criteria

4.1.1 Members may be individuals and organisations (a) working directly or indirectly with fathers or (b) with an interest in fathers’ development.

4.1.2 Members may be named individuals or organisations, whether corporate or unincorporated. Organisational membership may be transferable within said organisation, while individual members may not transfer their membership. For organisational membership, there should be a no more than three nominated individuals.

4.2 Membership benefits

4.2.1 Membership offers a stronger, collective voice for fathers and families from all backgrounds, ethnicities and socio-economic status. More specifically, membership provides:

• a platform for members to share knowledge, debate contemporary issues, and develop policy tools and common methodologies to collectively influence policy and practice;

• an accessible link between theory and practice, integrating all aspects of work being undertaken across the UK in relation to fathers and families, from academic research to programme implementation;

• a gateway between larger, established organisations and grassroots organisations, harnessing awareness of local issues and facilitating dialogue;

• networking opportunities with other members at AGMs and other events; and

• opportunities to showcase members’ activities and events through the Foundation’s website.

4.3 Membership rights

4.3.1 Members have voting rights in relation to certain decisions as outlined above, and may call general meetings if agreed by 10% or more of members (5% if there has not been a general meeting for 12 months).

4.4 Membership duties & responsibilities

4.4.1 The Constitution provides that the duty of Members is to act in good faith in furthering the purposes of the Foundation; additionally, members agree to:

• exercise their right to vote in the best interests of the Foundation;

• abide by decisions that are taken fairly and within the rules of the Foundation; and

• commit to sharing experience, expertise and learning with other members.


This policy should be read in conjunction with the Constitution.


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