Articles of Association and Rules of the Society
As a registered charity, the Nutrition Society is guided by the Charity Commission on how the Society must act, meet certain standards and follow certain rules. For example, on following certain accounting standards. The Charity Commission has the power to intervene if the Society breaches its guidance.
The governing document of the Society is the Articles of Association, adopted on 5 July 2011 (replacing those of 24 August 1976, and the amendments of 1987, 1991 and 1995) and supported by the Rules of the Society dated 5 July 2011, which are reviewed and amended periodically at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The Articles of Association and the Rules of the Society (the constitution) was approved by the Charity Commission in August 2011. Under the constitution, the Board of Trustees are the only members of the company, and as such are the only attendees at the AGM. Members of the Society are members of the charity and meet in an Annual Charity Meeting (ACM) to elect Trustees and Advisory Council members.
The Board of Trustees exercise all the powers of the Society, subject to the provisions of the company and charity laws currently in force, and with the assistance and advice of the Advisory Council and the Society's Chief Executive. In addition, there are from time-to-time, sub-committees and working groups reporting to the Board of Trustees or standing committees on specialist areas of the Society’s activities. With these arrangements in place, the Board of Trustees at all times have a detailed knowledge of the business being transacted by the Society.