How does ALL work?
ALL is a registered charity and is regulated by the Charity Commission.
ALL’s Board of Trustees – Management Board
Management of the Association is formally vested in ALL’s Management Board, who are the Trustees of the Association.
Function of the Management Board
The Management Board has legal and financial responsibility for ALL as a charity and all substantive decisions about ALL’s strategic direction and operations are approved by the Board.
The Management Board comprises three elected Officers:
- Honorary Membership Officer
Additionally ALL is able to invite up to five more Trustees to join the board, from which it selects a Chair and a Treasurer.
The Board is also able to invite Observers to be part of Management Board meetings, selected because they lend specialist expertise.
The Board comprises members who bring a broad range of knowledge and skill to the table to ensure ALL operates to agreed principles and on a firm financial footing. The current Board and the Director have the following skills sets and experience: legal knowledge, HR experience, financial management, project planning and delivery, language teaching, coaching, language advisor experience, teacher training experience, bid writing, membership services development and delivery, negotiation skills, experience as senior managers within their own field.
ALL’s Council reports into the Management Board, but is very often the body to which the Board will refer matters for discussion before ratifying a decision. ALL Council can refer matters to the Board for consideration and approval, and meetings of Council are always timed in advance of the Board meetings, to aid communication and referral of matters both ways. The Council splits into Task & Finish Groups which address specific areas of focus for an academic year. In 2016/17 the focus of three groups have been Membership, Policy and Publications.The Council meets once a year on a Saturday where it reviews the previous year’s activity and kick-starts the new academic year by identifying new tasks for the Council’s Task & Finish Groups to address for the year ahead.
The function of the ALL Council is:
• to discuss and inform the Association’s policies and strategies
• to contribute to the future development of the Association, helping to deliver some of ALL’s strategic objectives
• to consider proposals for new activities and make recommendations to the Board
The Council comprises twelve elected members from the broadest ALL membership, as well as the Association’s elected officers and trustees. ALL’s Director is an ex-officio member of Council and ALL staff attend the annual Council meeting. There are also a number of Observers who attend Council meetings, who work in languages education.
ALL’s formal governance structure is supplemented by volunteer networks who we have referred to on this website as Communities.
These include communities relating to sectors, special interests, or according to language, some of which meet physically and others virtually.
There are also a wide range of Communities led by ALL members in local and regional areas, called Branches, Networks and Hubs.