Trustees: FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions.

Becoming a Trustee / Co-optee and joining the Management Committee of LGBT Bristol.

What is a Trustee?

A Trustee is in a Charity what a Director is in a Company, they are the people who make all the top decisions and are responsible in law for the honest and transparent conduct of the organisation.

What is a Co-optee?

While Trustees are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) by the members attending the meeting, a Co-optee joins during the course of the year and is voted in by the other members of the Management Committee. Then, at the AGM, they can stand for election to the MC, becoming full Trustees.

What is the difference between Co-optees and Trustees?

Very little, except that a Trustee only has to stand for election every two years, while a Co-optee must stand for election at the first AGM after joining and must be elected as full trustees. If they are not elected they cannot continue serving on the MC.

What are the responsibilities and duties of a Trustee/Co-optee?

“The Essentail Trustee” is a simple and concise Charity Commission publication that explains in detail

You can also read it in one of several community languages.

What are the requirements for becoming a Trustee or Co-optee on the LGBT Bristol MC?

You must:

  • have been a member for at least 21 days – which automatically means that you will be:
    • over 18 at the time of joining
    • working,living or studying in Bristol
    • either lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans
  • disclose any conflicts of interest – such as working for a partner (but not funding) organisation, being related to or in a relationship with another Trustee, Co-optee, Contractor or member of Staff
  • resign immediately if any of the two above conditions cease to be true

You cannot:

  • have any undischarged bankruptcies or unspent criminal convictions.
  • be an employee of Bristol City Council or any other Funding organisation or body.
  • have been an employee of the Forum in the previous 6 months