Draft Constitution

Title

The charity shall be called Melanoma Focus (‘the Charity’).

Aim and Objectives

a. The Charity’s aim is to support education, research, and the provision of information about melanoma and some other skin cancers.

b. Building on the achievements of its precursor organisations, the Charity shall serve healthcare professionals, patients and the general public, having the following objectives in relation to melanoma:

1. To advance knowledge and treatment.

2. To improve the exchange of information.

3. To improve the utilisation of available knowledge

4. To review assessment, investigation and treatment methods.

5. To promote research, and to link directly with the UK NCRI Melanoma Clinical Studies Group or equivalent.

6. To facilitate information about current UK clinical trials and help promote future trials.

7. To provide educational and information resources for scientists, clinicians, nurses, patients, carers and the general public.

8. To develop and operate improved professional and public web-based resources, campaigns and information programmes.

3.    Officers of the Charity

a.    The Officers will consist of a Chairman, a Secretary and a Treasurer.

b.    Terms of office will commence at the AGM of the Charity and shall be as follows:

1.    President: three years; not eligible for re-election.

2.    Secretary: three years; not eligible for re-election.

3.    Treasurer: five years; may be eligible for re-election.

4.    Core Membership Group

a.    In addition to its charitable activities, the Charity shall operate a Core Membership Group (‘the Group’) with a common aim of furthering the study of melanoma.

b.    Members must be actively interested in the study and/or treatment of melanoma.

c.    There will be an annual subscription to the Group. The amount will be proposed by the Treasurer and Committee and agreed by the membership of the Group at the AGM.

d.    Retired members may retain membership at a reduced fee, allowing them to attend meetings of the Group but not take part in its administration.

5.    Meetings

a.    The Group will normally meet twice a year. One meeting will consist of the annual Focus on Melanoma event, intended for a general clinical audience. The other will be a specialist clinical meeting, intended for members of the Group and others with a specialist melanoma interest.

b.    The AGM will be held on the occasion of the specialist clinical meeting.

c.    Speakers who are not members of the Group may be invited to take part in the both events.

d.    There will be a registration fee for each meeting, the amount to be decided by the Treasurer and Committee and agreed by the membership of the Group at the AGM.  (this clause under review)

e.    Additional ad hoc meetings of the Group may occur, enlisting the attendance of invited guests as appropriate.

6.    Charitable Status

Alteration to this constitution shall receive the assent of two-thirds of members present and voting at an Annual General Meeting. A resolution for the alteration of the Constitution must be received by the Secretary of the Charity at least 21 days before the meeting at which the resolution is to be brought forward. At least 14 days’ notice of such meeting must be given by the Secretary to the membership and must include notice of alteration proposed. Provided that no alteration made to clause 2, clause 7 or this clause, shall take effect until the approval in writing of the Charity Commissioners or other authority having the charitable jurisdiction shall have been obtained; and no alteration shall be made which would have the effect of causing the Charity to cease to be a charity in law.

7.    Modus Operandi

a.    In accepting funding, the Charity will abide by its established policies enforced at the time.

b.    The Charity may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting convened for the purpose of which 21 days shall have been given to members. Such resolution may give instructions for the disposal of any assets held by or in the name of the Charity, provided that if any property remains after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities such property shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Charity but shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to some or all of the objects of the Charity as the Charity may determine and if in so far as effect cannot be given to this provision then to some other charitable purpose.

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