The British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) has today (18th January 2024) successfully converted to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
The work to convert to a CIO started in 2021 as the then-Council recognised an organisational need to update its governance, processes and procedures that had originally been adopted in its Memorandum of Association on 26th October 1973, and amended into the Articles of Association on 19th September 1998 – last updated some 25 years ago.
The Council tasked Dr Catherine Simon to lead a small team of Council members through a governance review, which was later supported in early 2022 by the appointment of BELMAS’ Executive Officer, Ryan Beasley.
Following a year of membership consultation, the new Constitution took shape in its draft format at the 2022 Strategic Away Day before eventually being passed by the membership on 6th July 2023 at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). BELMAS then sought legal support through Shakespeare Martineau to begin the process of completing the conversion with the Charity Commission.
On the completion of the conversion to a CIO, BELMAS Chair, Dr Deb Outhwaite said:
“It is really terrific news. This brings us in line with the majority of other Learned Societies in the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) of which we are a member, and sensibly streamlines our charitable and financial accountability lines. I feel enthused by the achievement of this vital strategic priority to assure our good governance which will enable BELMAS to continue to succeed in its mission, vision and charitable objectives for the next 50 years. I am very proud of this significant milestone.”
The conversion to a CIO and adoption of the new constitution has brought operational and structural changes to BELMAS which has included: terms of reference and code of conduct for Trustees, new sub-committees, clear financial regulations, a scheme of delegation, member code of conduct and revised processes for elections and complaints.
You can read our new Constitution and By-Laws here