RLSS UK Trustee Board Overview


RLSS UK is governed by a Board which comprises between 9 and 12 people at any one time. RLSS UK’s Board is currently made up as follows:

  • Chair
  • President
  • Deputy-President
  • Honorary Treasurer
  • Elected Trustees
  • Appointed Trustees


The Board are supported by a Legal Advisor and a Youth Advisor.

The Board’s role is to govern RLSS UK and provide overall strategic direction to achieve its aims. The fundamental responsibility of Trustees is to look after the resources given to RLSS UK by individuals and organisations – ensuring these resources are used effectively to achieve the particular purpose for which they were given.  Whilst Trustees are responsible for governing RLSS UK, operational management is delegated to the Chief Executive.

Information on RLSS UK’s current Trustees can be found here.

Trustees’ main duties


Based on the Charity Commission’s Trustees’ 6 main duties, RLSS UK Trustees’ core duties together are to:

  1. Ensure RLSS UK is carrying out the purposes for which it is set up, and no other purpose.
  2. Comply with RLSS UK’s Articles of Association and the law.
  3. Act in RLSS UK’s best interests.
  4. Manage RLSS UK’s resources responsibly.
  5. Act with reasonable care and skill.
  6. Ensure RLSS UK is accountable.


 Trustees have a legal duty and responsibility to act in the best interests of the charity. Interests of the charity are paramount. Trustees should not allow their personal interests or views to override this.

All Trustees share the same core duties irrespective of whether they are appointed or elected. Trustees must act as a group, not as individuals. Trustees make decisions about their charity together, working as a team.

RLSS UK Trustees’ Guiding Principles


RLSS UK is a values-led organisation. The conduct and behaviour of RLSS UK Trustees is paramount as it can significantly impact on people’s perceptions of RLSS UK and RLSS UK’s reputation.

RLSS UK Trustees work to RLSS UK Trustees’ Guiding Principles: 

As trustees of RLSS UK we will demonstrate our commitment and responsibilities to all members, staff and beneficiaries by:

  • Publicly supporting decisions made by the board of trustees,
  • Acting in the best interests of RLSS UK whilst setting aside our personal interests,
  • Being consultative and engaging in our decision making,
  • Respectful of others opinions and challenging in an appropriate way,
  • Being measured in our actions and communications on RLSS UK business.