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Governance and Policies

Governance and committees

The Charity is registered with the Charity Commission and Companies House as a company limited by guarantee and we are governed according to our Memorandum and Articles of Association. You can find a copy of these articles to the right of this page.

The Board of Governors

The overall responsibility for the work of the Charity lies with the Board of Governors. The Board sets the strategy, agrees objectives and approves plans to deliver the Charity's aims. They monitor and evaluate the progress of the Charity to ensure we achieve what we have set out to do. The Board is held to account by the Membership at the Annual General Meeting at which it presents the Governors' report and the financial accounts for the previous year.

The Board may comprise of up to nine elected members, two co-opted and one nominated from the Health Advisory Council. The elected members are elected by the Membership at the Annual General Meeting for a three year term of office. They may serve no more than two consecutive three year terms.

The expertise within the Board is substantial and wide ranging. Governors include a senior director of a multinational corporation, a Charity Commission lawyer, a senior director with banking experience, senior multinational executives, university lecturers and experienced senior healthcare professionals. All Governors are volunteers committing many days, evenings and weekends of the year to working for the charity.

Board committees

The Board of Governors delegate some of its responsibilities to Board committees to provide a particular focus on some issues:

  • Audit Committee  - ensures the financial compliance and the robustness of the Board's overall monitoring and governance (Governors involved: James Chappell, Ray Bremner, Mike Elliott, Les O'Dea, and Bob Trice)
  • Human Resources Committee - reviewing overall HR policies and ensuring legal and best practice compliance (Governors involved: Margaret Morgan, Claire Andrews, Maureen Burnside and Mike Elliott)
  • Fundraising Committee – providing detailed scrutiny and oversight of the Research Fund Fundraising Strategy and its delivery (Governors involved: Les O’Dea, Maureen Burnside and Mike Elliott)
  • Executive Action Committee - to be activated when there is a crisis and the Board cannot be convened

The Board also has two established advisory groups: the Health Advisory Council (Governor involved: David Sanders), the Food Standards Committee (Governors involved: Claire Andrews and Bob Trice). Each provides advice and intelligence on matters relating to the health and food sectors respectively. We also have a wider advisory group drawing on healthcare professionals from across the UK. This is called our Health Advisory Network.

To oversee the management of the charity’s Research Fund the Board has established three new bodies:

  • Research Strategy Board (Governor involved: Alan Perkins) providing overall strategic direction for the spending of the Fund.
  • Research Awards Panel managing the awarding of grant funds to applicants with any final recommendations for the Board's approval.
  • Fundraising Committee providing detailed scrutiny and oversight of fundraising associated with the Fund (Governors involved: Les O’Dea and Mike Elliott)

The Coeliac UK Trading Company Ltd

The Trading Company’s principle aim is to raise funds from commercial activities for the charity. As a not for profit organisation, Coeliac UK is limited in the amount of commercial income it may raise. Instead, these activities need to be carried out by Coeliac UK’s Trading Company. Directors of the Trading Company are:

  • Tim Wade, Independent Trading Company Director
  • Bob Trice, Trading Company Director and Governor at Coeliac UK
  • Sarah Sleet, Trading Company Director, Chief Executive, Coeliac UK
  • Julia Malthouse, Company Secretary and Director of Finance, Coeliac UK
  • Helen North, Director of Fundraising and Commercial, Coeliac UK.
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