The constitution which regulates the Society’s business is more or less the same document which was drawn up when the organization was founded in 1957. It has become apparent that it was no longer adequate for present needs and it was time to overhaul it thoroughly.
The Council of the Society has recently spent much time in the establishing the basic principles for a new constitution. We wanted it to reflect current way we operate, and to cover situations which might arise in the future. It also had to comply with charity legislation. In drawing up a revised constitution, we were advised by Adrian Babbidge of Egeria, a company which works with heritage bodies. Adrian also has experience of bodies like ours, having served as Treasurer for the Royal Archaeological Institute.
The most striking thing about the new constitution – and perhaps the most discouraging thing – is that it is much longer than the old one. It may lack concision, but it does provide much firmer grounds for guiding the Society for the future. The Society now has considerable assets which are invested to provide funding for grants and to support our programme of publications. However, with such assets comes a responsibility to ensure that the money in managed appropriately with proper safeguards. The new constitution has been worded to comply with the Charity Commission’s requirements.
The new Constitution was adopted at the Annual General Meeting on 3rd December 2012.
Follow this link to download a copy of the new SMA Constitution 2012.