AGM Guidance

Rebecca Frost
Charities, COVID-19

Although we now have a roadmap out of lockdown, it looks likely that charities will need to hold AGMs on a closed basis until at least 17 May and possibly until at least 21 June.

The Charity Commission have recently updated their guidance on AGMs, postponing or cancelling meetings. The key point Is that if it is considered necessary to cancel or postpone a charity AGM then the rules in the charity’s governing document should be followed. If there are no such rules, but it is still considered the best course of action in the current circumstances, then the reasons for the decision should be minuted.

Affected charities may find it helpful to refer to latest guidance published by The Chartered Governance Institute (ICSA) on the holding of remote meetings, which although primarily aimed at business should also provide a practical resource for other bodies, such as charities.

The key message that the guidance offers is a reminder that stakeholder engagement is important and can be undertaken in a variety of different ways.

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