High Ham Community Land Trust Membership Policy
- Members are those whose name are recorded in the register of members.
- Prospective members must complete an application form and buy at least one £1 share.
- In signing the application form the applicant is signing up to the Rules of the Society and any standing orders in place.
- Members are required to uphold the CLTs code of conduct and to support the objects of the CLT as set out in the Rules (the governing document of the CLT) on an ongoing basis.
- Membership application forms are considered by the Board and when accepted members will have their names recorded in the register of members and will be issued a share certificate.
- Members will be given access to a copy of the Rules of the Society (hard copy, electronically, or via a website).
- Any member who breaches the code of conduct or fails to support the objects of the CLT, or acts in a way that a reasonable person may conclude that the individual or group responsible acted with the intention of causing or risking causing harm to the CLT or with neglect to the same, whether reputational, financial or of any other nature may risk not having their membership application accepted or termination of their membership.
- The Board will make the decision on whether an individual’s membership application is rejected or whether their membership is terminated.
- Individuals who have had their membership application rejected, or their membership of the CLT terminated, may appeal to the Board of the CLT. The Rules of the CLT have a section on disputes (Rule 45) in the event of an unresolved dispute. 22.05.2019
High Ham Community Land Trust Code of Conduct for Members
Members (General Members and Board Members) are required to uphold this code of conduct and to support the objects of the CLT as set out in the Rules (the governing document of the CLT).
Any member who acts in a way that a reasonable person may conclude that the individual or group responsible acted with the intention of causing or risking causing harm to the CLT or with neglect to the same, whether reputational, financial or of any other nature may risk termination of their membership.
All CLT members, including Board members, have an equal right to attend and participate in meetings, and be involved in CLT business, free from intimidation. To enable CLT business to progress all members must abide by the following ground rules:
- All members must be treated with respect, even if there are disagreements. This means that members must not speak in a way that may be perceived as bullying, abusive, discriminatory or derogatory.
- Members/Board members must be allowed to have their say in meetings and not be interrupted, but must not disproportionately take up time in the meeting if there are others wishing to speak, or to divert the CLT from its business unduly
- Any conflict of interest should be declared and members must not seek to gain advantage for themselves, their family or their friends
- Everyone is required to respect the ruling of the Chair, part of whose role is to run orderly meetings, and members/board members could be asked to address all contributions to the Chair.
- Time available for meetings is finite and so the Chair may impose a time limit on members speaking, and draw the meeting to a close if over-running
- All members must respect and abide by majority decisions
- Members should not speak on behalf of the CLT without the consent of the CLT Board
- If ground rules are broken then the Chair may ask the offending member to leave the meeting, or suspend the meeting. The Chair’s decision is final.