On 9th December 2014 the Charity Commission made a supplementary scheme (ref. 879/1415) whereby a number of amendments were made to the earlier 1970 Scheme, which allow CUC greater administrative flexibility in the allocation of funds to qualifying almspeople (as redefined) and under Relief in Need where the definition of persons entitled to benefit has also been redefined.
This is the result of several years of work with the Charity Commission to achieve a more up-to-date governing document which, amongst other issues, takes account of the fact that Cambridge City Council has withdrawn from its responsibility for the governance of the Charity, having identified a conflict of interests. Due to this circumstance changes were necessary regarding the appointment of Trustees to the Board.
REPORTING TO THE CHARITY COMMISSION
As required by law, the CUC submits an annual report of its activities and audited accounts to the Charity Commission. Copies of these reports can be found here.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Charity is administered by voluntary Trustees (normally twelve) who manage the Charity and are appointed to a four year term of office that can be renewed (some of the present Trustees were still appointed under the old Scheme with terms of five years). Eight Trustees are so-called ‘co-opted’ Trustees who are citizens of Cambridge or surrounding areas. There are also four ‘nominated’ Trustees; two of whom are appointed by the Cambridge Central Aid Society (CCAS) and two by Cambridge University (CU).
Prof.Monika Pruetzel-Thomas (Chair)
Ms Liz Bissett (Treasurer)
Ms Sue Simms (Almshouse Trustee)
Ms Brenda Biamonti
Mrs Sheila Brignall
Mrs Rebekah Fairley
Mr James Hardy
Mr Joel Limmer (CCAS)
Mrs Penelope Lynch (CCAS)
Mr Alun Huw Jones
Dr David Secher
Mrs Philippa Slatter
Professor Helen Valentine
Dr Hai Xin
There are three ordinary Board meetings per year, with provision for additional special meetings, should the need arise. The Chair, Vice Chair, the Almshouse Trustee and the Treasurer are elected annually by the Trustees.
The Treasurer works closely with the Charity’s Accountant (currently PEM) to ensure sound financial management and ongoing probity. The trustees produce annual reports and financial accounts which are sent to the Charity Commission for publication on their website. They can also be read here
The Board has established two Sub-committees, both responsible to the Board, which meet between Board Meetings and prepare recommendations to the Board. They are:
- The Resources Sub-committee, which is normally chaired by the Treasurer
- The Almshouse Sub-committee, which is normally chaired by the Almshouse Trustee
Both Sub-Committees have agreed terms of reference.
POLICY DOCUMENTS OF THE CHARITY
THIS SECTION OF THE WEBSITE IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION
(revised March 2016)