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Outside bodies: operating as a director/trustee

To understand the requirements, obligations, risks and challenges of acting as a council representative or nominee on an outside body e.g. as a company director or a trustee.

  • Any councillor who has been appointed to (or might be a candidate for) a role on an outside body e.g. a trust, a charity, a company, a governing body.
  • The different types of outside body to which a councillor might be appointed (e.g. companies, trusts, charities)
  • The benefits and purpose of these roles
  • The legal framework for these bodies
  • The roles and responsibilities of a councillor on an outside body
  • The risks of undertaking these roles and how to mitigate them – conduct, insurance and indemnities
  • How to deal with conflicts
  • Danger areas to avoid including insolvency and personal liability

Clear and informative; well presented; very perceptive and specific to the council

District Councillor

That councillors undertaking these roles are confident in their responsibilities, can perform them well for the benefit of the body and the council, and can identify/mitigate risks.

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