Information on Membership

General structure

Members have the right to attend the annual general meeting (and any extraordinary general meeting) and have important powers, in particular, the members elect people to serve as directors and to take decisions in relation to changes in the articles themselves.

Qualifications for membership
  1. Members of the company shall be subscribers to the memorandum of association and such other persons and bodies as are admitted to membership under articles 3 to 8
  2. Membership is open to:
    1. individuals who support the aims of the organisation.
    2. any individual who has been nominated for membership by an unincorporated body which supports the aims of the organisation.
    3. any corporate body which supports the aims of the organisation.
  3. No more than one individual nominated under paragraph (b) of articles 3 by each unincorporated body may be a member of the company at any given time.
  4. Employees of the company are not eligible for membership.
Application for membership
  1. Any person or body who/which wishes to become a member must sign, and lodge with the company, a written application for membership; in the case of an application under paragraph (b) of article 3, the application must be signed by an appropriate office bearer of the unincorporated body which is nominating him/her for membership; in the case of a corporate body, the application must be signed by an appropriate officer of that body.
  2. Directors may refuse to admit any person or body.
  3. Directors to consider applications for membership at first meeting after receipt of application; and within a reasonable time afterwards notify the applicant of its decision.
  4. The liability of the members is limited.
  5. Every member undertakes to contribute an amount (not exceeding £1) to the company’s assets if it should be wound up, for payment of the company’s debts and liabilities.
Membership subscription
  1. There is currently no membership subscription.
  2. Members may vary the amount and due date of subscriptions by an ordinary resolution passed at an AGM.
  3. Register to be maintained with member’s full name and address, date on which he/she was admitted to membership, and date on which membership ceased. In the case of a member admitted under paragraph (b) of article 3, details of the unincorporated body should be included.
Withdrawal from membership

Written notice of wish to withdraw to be lodged with company.

Expulsion from membership

Any person may be expelled by special resolution (article 24) as below:
(a) at least 21 days’ notice of intention given to member concerned.
(b) member entitled to be heard at general meeting where proposed.

Termination/transfer
  1. Membership ceases on death of individual or in the case of a body on receivership, liquidation, dissolution or striking-off.
  2. An unincorporated body which has nominated an individual may withdraw its nomination at any time by written notice.
  3. No transfers of membership.
Procedure at General meetings
  1. One vote per member, whether show of hands or secret ballot – personally or by proxy.
  2. A member who wishes to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf must lodge with the company, prior to start of a meeting, a written and signed proxy form.
  3. A proxy need not be a member of the company.
  4. Only one proxy at same meeting.
  5. The proxy appointed to vote instead of member has same right to speak at meeting.
Memorandum and Articles of Association

Copies available on request from Borders Direct Payment Agency

Download Membership Application Form