Duties and Obligations

Al-Kindi is a charitable company limited by Guarantee, registered with Companies House in England and Wales; The elected management committee can select from within itself, the person(s) to act as the Directors of the company and their details may be registered with Companies House.

In standing for the management committee it is important that candidates are aware of the duties and responsibilities expected of them, as set out by charity and company law. Full information is available on the charity commission’s websites.

At Al-Kindi Society, we take guidance on the role of the management committee members from the Charity Commission’s CC3 publication – The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do. The PDF version can be downloaded here.

The 6 main duties of a management committee member are summarised in the Governance Jigsaw publication from the charity commission.

Management Committee Members and their Responsibilities

1)The Management Committee members have the following collective duties and responsibilities:
A-To develop strategy and policy in the interests of the Society, the engineering profession, and the public; to propose ideas and constructively build on those of others.
B-To take decisions about the priority of strategic issues according to the importance of the issue to the Society and the engineering profession and the availability of resources.
C-To monitor the implementation of policies and activities of committees at a high level and assess the effectiveness of the agreed strategy.
D-To represent the policies and views of the Society and the engineering profession in a positive way to external audiences.
E-To communicate with the membership, representing the views and policies of the Management Committee, and receiving feedback from members.
F-To take professional advice where appropriate.

2)The Management Committee members in carrying out their duties:
A-Should be exemplary role models as leading members of the profession.
B-Must act at all times in the best interests of the Society.
C-Must ensure that the Society operates within its object as defined in the Articles of Association.
D-Must not benefit from their position beyond that which is allowed by the law and is in the interests of the Society.
E-Must identify and declare any actual or potential conflict of interest.
F-Must not accept gifts or hospitality where this could be seen as likely to influence the decisions of the Management Committee.

3)In order to govern the Al-Kindi effectively members of the Management Committee must have the following competencies:
A-Knowledge and understanding of the objectives and range of activities of Al-Kindi, the role of a Management Committee member and the key internal and external stakeholders.
B-The ability to think at a strategic level, understanding both the process of development and implementation of policy and the implications of strategic and policy decisions on Al-Kindi’s resources.
C-Ability to challenge constructively.
D-Ability to promote Al-Kindi internally and externally in a positive and constructive way.
E-Leadership ability, listening to others, influencing others and taking decisions as necessary.
F-Understanding of team member role, and ability to listen/work constructively with others.
G-Specific skills to enhance professionalism including presentation (technical and practical), oral communication, and interpersonal skills.
H-An understanding of financial reporting.
I-An awareness on local, national and global scales – of engineering issues and an appreciation of how Al-Kindi can lead or assist change for the better.