So Make It Ltd. is a company limited by guarantee without share capital. This essentially means that any profit made by the company goes back into the company and really does set the mark for the selfless nature of So Make It, the company and its members.
Trustees are are the term we use to describe unpaid company directors. As such they run the company that enables the space to exist. They are legally responsible for all administrative, financial, insurance, health and safety (etc) requirements, aiming to ensure that they are met so that members are free and able to make the space as welcoming, useful and diverse as it can be.
Whilst trustees run the company they shouldn't have to look after every aspect of the space and are able to delegate roles to sub-committees and individuals. Their company jobs are typically so busy that they don't have time for stocking the tuck shop or documenting tools etc. That's where members should be keen to step in and organise things themselves, at which point the trustees can join in as members to help make things happen for the good and benefit of everyone.
The trustees are governed as set out in the So Make It constitution and are listed here. All decisions are discussed where possible in channels publicly viewable by members although private forms of communication do exist for discussion or secure or sensitive issues.
As trustees are legally directors so it is mandatory for their details to be publicly available on the company records as well as added to our banks mandate. They must fulfill all legal responsibilities as outlined here. and must be eligible to be a director.
As well as all legal and administrative obligations Trustees are expected to maintain a high standard of ethics and good attitude when dealing with the public and the membership. As members of the makerspace as well, they are also obliged to follow the rules that they enforce.
All existing trustees as well as new trustees are voted in at a General Meeting (AGM or EGM). Members who wish to become a trustee please speak to the current trustees first so they can help start the process and also advise them of their potential responsibilities.