Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society is a registered charity in England and Wales; our registered number is 291637. Whilst responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Society is vested in the Council, there is a broader governance structure in place, summarised on this page.
Charitable objectives and constitution
What we do is governed by our charitable status, which requires us to have high-level charitable objectives, and by our constitution, which defines our objectives in greater detail.
You can read our charitable objectives on the Charity Commission website (search for us by name or number).
The Society is obliged to hold at least one Annual General Meeting (AGM) every year (this is currently held in October at the start of each Session), with any additional Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs) as required.
Major decisions, such as the ratification of a new Constitution or appointment of Council members, are taken at General Meetings and require a majority vote by those present to pass. This is an important opportunity for members and so we would encourage all members to attend the AGM.
As a charity we maintain a number of independent trustees in whose trust the Society's financial assets are placed. The trustees are responsible for safeguarding the long-term financial security of the Society against, for example, inappropriate expenditure by the Council.
Our current trustees are:
- Mr Peter Sawyer
- James Endicott
We are a registered charity in England and Wales; our registered number is 291637.
Our registered address is:
1 Chelmerton Avenue
To view our accounts and other legal details, search for us on the Charity Commission website (by name or number).
Our Life Fellows are senior members of the society who have contributed much over the years and to whom we are extremely grateful. The honorary position of Life Fellow is bestowed upon these individuals in recognition of this.
Our current Life Fellows are:
- Malcolm McKay, a past President and former Webmaster;
- Paul Ingle, a past President;
- Harry Rosenbaum, a past President and long-serving Council member who retired in 2015 after more than 50 years' devotion to the society;
- Vic Leverett, who served for three years as President and brought about a great number of improvements such as FES and Engineering Our Future; and
- Peter Foreman, a past Treasurer.