Like all Unitarian congregations, the Chapel governs itself. The Chapel is owned and run by the membership through a company limited by guarantee (CLG), with a Board of Trustees. It is a registered charity, Charity Commission, number 1131346. The members of the Board are Trustees and Directors of the company, with limited personal liability.
The Board is the executive body of the Chapel. It derives its authority from the congregation.
The company’s Articles of Association and Standing Orders are available from the Chapel Office.
All employees, including the Minister, are contracted to the Board. Chapel committees derive their terms of reference, budget and agency from the Board.
Up to 12 directors may be elected to serve on the Board at any time. Board members are elected by the congregation at the AGM’ The Annual Report and Accounts are approved at the AGM. Documents relating to the 2021 AGM available here
The Board meets every month, except August. The officers, Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, are elected by the Board. Chapel members may attend a Board meeting but may only speak by arrangement or permission. The Minister attends the Board meetings and participates freely in discussions but is not a Director and may not vote. Minutes of Board meetings are available to any member.
If you would like to read the by-laws governing the chapel you may click on the following links: