Creating a Committee

By Ella Davy Green, February 1, 2017

One of the fantastic things about our Founding Constitution, (which has now been submitted to the Charity Commission) is that our trustees are able to delegate certain tasks to committees. This is particularly attractive to Wikilogic as it takes the pressure off our trustees to meet to discuss every micro decision related to the development / coding of our initial program. Instead, our ‘coding committee’, comprised at this stage of Iain and Douglas, will have some freedom and autonomy to make decisions regarding coding as they arise during development sessions.

Of course, it is vital for the charity’s integrity and structure that the Trustees retain ultimate control over managing the CIO and its powers. For this reason, whilst the Trustees may delegate to a committee as it sees appropriate, a committee’s power is limited so as to ensure that the CIO’s governance structure will always prevail. There are several recommended Charity Commission stipulations, which we have upheld in our founding constitution in order to ensure this. These are written out in full in clause 14 of our constitutional document which can be found here. I will also briefly outline them below.

The first limitation of the power of the committee is that any delegated power can be altered / removed by the Trustees at any time. This ensures that the the charity’s power remains at all times with the charity’s official trustees who’s role it is to ensure the smooth / ethical running of the charity.

Secondly,  one trustee member must sit on any committee. In this case, Iain will be on the committee with Douglas as they continue to develop the Wikilogic program.

Thirdly, the decisions made by a committee must be brought to the attention of the Trustees as soon as is reasonably and practically possible. This is to ensure that the micro decisions made by the committee are being kept in line with the overall macro aims of the charity etc.

Finally, the board of trustees must from time to time review the arrangements made of how decisions are delegated to the committee.