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THE NAME OF THE ORGANISATION

1. The name of the Organisation shall be the Local Independent Sea Anglers (abbreviated to LISA)

THE AIMS OF THE ORGANISATION

2. The aims of the Organisation are to:

a. promote all forms of sea angling in the United Kingdom. Sea angling is the activity of catching or attempting to catch fish, principally by rod and line, pole or hand-held line for non-commercial purposes, in tidal waters such as the sea and estuaries
b. promote and protect sea angling in the U.K.
c. promote a code of conduct for members to adopt
d. identify issues, inform and assist members to protect sea angling locally, nationally and internationally
e. engage with other stakeholders of U.K tidal waters and other angling related organisations
f. be a non-profit making organisation
g. principally support sea angling related or membership nominated charities
h. assist in the formation of LISA in other areas or of LOIUSA (League of Independent United Sea Anglers) nationally.

THE POWERS OF THE ORGANISATION

3. In furtherance of the said aims the committee shall have the powers to:

a. raise money
b. open bank accounts
c. take out insurance
d. employ staff
e. acquire and manage buildings, land and other assets
f. organise courses and events
g. work with other groups and exchange information
h. do anything lawful which will help it fulfil its aims

MEMBERSHIP

4. Membership is open to any sea angler who fishes U.K. tidal waters and who is interested in helping the Organisation to achieve its aims and willing to abide by the constitution and the code of conduct of the organisation.

5. There are 2 categories of membership: A Senior individual membership and a Junior individual membership for those under the age of 16

6. Membership shall be available to anyone without regard to gender, race, nationality, disability, sexual preference, religion or belief.

7. Every individual member aged 16 or over shall have one vote at Annual General Meetings and General Meetings.

8. Every individual member under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on courses, events or other activities organised by the Organisation.

9. A member may resign from the Organisation at any time on written notification to the Secretary.

10. The membership of any member may be terminated for good reason by the Management Committee but the member has the right to be heard by the Management Committee before a final decision is made.

THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

11. The Management Committee shall consist of (to be agreed but for discussion say some-where between 5 and 10) members elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) who shall be the Trustees of the Organisation and shall be responsible for the management and administration of the Organisation.

12. Members wishing to stand for election shall submit signed nomination papers, endorsed by two (2) members, with a maximum 40-word supporting statement.

13. A member under the age of (to be agreed but for discussion say 18) cannot be a Trustee and cannot stand for election to the Management Committee nor co-opted to the Management Committee.

14. Where the number of nominations exceeds the number of posts up for election, the election shall be by ballot of members present at the Annual General Meeting. If insufficient nominations are received the Chair may accept nominations made at the Annual General Meeting.

15. New nominations shall be received by the Secretary at least twenty eight (28) days prior to the Annual General Meeting.

16. The Management Committee may co-opt a maximum of two (2) additional members who shall be Trustees and have voting rights and who shall stand down or seek election at the next Annual General Meeting.

17. At the first meeting of the Management Committee after the Annual General Meeting the following officers shall be elected:

a. Chair
b. Secretary
c. Treasurer

18. The Management Committee may also appoint or elect the following who may or may not be members of the Management Committee: Membership, Events, Publicity, Competition, Communications, Social and other Secretaries.

19. In the event of a Management Committee member resigning during the year the Committee may co-opt a replacement.

20. A quorum of (to be agreed but for discussion say one half plus 1) of the voting members shall be necessary

21. The Chair to have a second casting vote if necessary; a simple majority otherwise being required.

22. Management Committee meetings shall be held at least three (3) times a year.

23. Management Committee members shall hold office for a term (to be agreed but for discussion say between 1 and 3) year(s) but may seek re-election for a further term at the end of that time.

24. The Management Committee may appoint Sub-Committees with set Terms of Reference and consisting of at least 2 members of the Management Committee plus a maximum of 2 co-opted members who shall be current members of LISA. The purpose of such a Sub Committee shall be for the supervising or performing of any function or duty which in the opinion of the Management Committee would be more conveniently undertaken or carried out by a Sub-Committee provided that all acts and proceedings of any such Sub-Committee shall be fully and promptly reported to and approved by the Management Committee.

25. The Management Committee may, by a two-thirds majority vote and for a good and proper reason, remove any Committee member, provided that person has the right to be heard before a final decision is made.

DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS

26. The organisation will be administered by a Management Committee elected at the Annual General Meeting.

27. The Officers of the Management Committee shall be the:

a. Chair
b. Treasurer
c. Secretary.

28. The duties of the Chair are to:

a. chair meetings of the Management Committee and the Organisation
b. represent the Organisation at functions and meetings
c. act as a spokesperson for the Organisation when necessary.

29. The duties of the Secretary are to:

a. take and keep minutes of meetings
b. prepare the agenda for meetings of the Management Committee and the Organisation in consultation with the Chair
c. maintain the membership list
d. deal with correspondence
e. collect and circulate any relevant information within the Management Committee.

30. The duties of the Treasurer are to:

a. supervise the financial affairs of the Organisation
b. keep proper accounts that show all monies received and paid out by the Organisation.

FINANCE, MONEY, PROPERTY AND ASSETTS

31. Any money, property and other assets shall only be used in furtherance of the aims of the Organisation.

32. Any bank accounts be opened for the Organisation shall be in the Organisation’s name

33. Any cheques issued shall be signed by the Treasurer and one other nominated Trustee.

34. No member shall receive any money, property or assets from the organisation except:

a. to refund reasonable and suitably evidenced out of pocket expenses
b. where contracted to provide goods or services.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)

35. The Organisation shall hold an Annual General Meeting every year. Fourteen (14) days’ notice shall be given to every member who shall be entitled to attend. The quorum for an Annual General Meeting shall be (for discussion, say a percentage of the membership or X number of members).

36. The business of the Annual General Meeting shall be to:

a. receive a report from the Chairperson and Secretary on the Organisation’s activities over the year
b. receive a report from the Treasurer on the finances of the organisation
c. elect Trustees to form a new Management Committee
d. consider any other matters as may be decided.

37. A (to be decided but for discussion suggest a two thirds majority) of members present and eligible to vote shall determine all matters put to the vote on a show of hands.

GENERAL MEETING (GM)

38. A General Meeting may be called by the Management Committee or by any (for discussion, say 10% or 20 members) members to discuss an urgent matter.

39. The Secretary shall give all members 14 days’ notice of any General Meeting together with notice of the business to be discussed.

40. All members shall be entitled to attend.

41. A (to be decided but for discussion suggest a two thirds majority) of members present and eligible to vote shall determine all matters put to the vote on a show of hands.

ADDITIONAL VOTING PROCEDURES

42. The Management Committee may at its discretion introduce additional voting procedures, eg postal voting, proxy voting.

43. Where additional voting procedures are introduced members may vote only once and the Management Committee must introduce processes to ensure this is the case.

44. A (to be decided but for discussion suggest a two thirds majority) of members voting and eligible to vote shall determine all matters put to the vote.

ALTERATIONS TO THE CONSTITUTION

45. Changes to the Constitution can be made at the Annual General Meeting or at an appropriately called General Meeting. Any changes to the constitution requires (to be decided but for discussion suggest a two thirds majority) of those members present and voting at any Annual General Meeting or General Meeting.

46. No changes can be made that would make the Organisation no longer a non-profit organisation.

DISSOLUTION

47. The Organisation may be wound up at any time if agreed by two thirds of those members present and voting at any Annual General Meeting or General Meeting. In the event of winding up, any assets remaining after debts have been paid shall be given to another organisation with similar aims or one of the principal charities supported by the organisation.