The MCG’s constitution
Read our governing document which sets out all the aims and rules of the Museums Computer Group.
The name of our organisation is the Museums Computer Group (MCG)
MCG is a non-profit association of individuals who share a common interest in encouraging, promoting, improving and influencing best practice in the use of technology and digital platforms within the Museum and Heritage sector.
The objectives of MCG are:
To organise twice yearly events and other meetings deemed to be of benefit to the community to discuss the use of technology and digital platforms within the Museum and Heritage sector.
To provide opportunities for formal and informal discussion between members at events and through appropriate online forum.
To co-ordinate and sponsor research and reports relating to the purpose of the Group
To publish online and where appropriate on paper the results of MCG research and reports.
To influence the development of best practice within the sector.
Membership is open to any individual or organisation whose activities are directly connected with the purpose of the Group.Any questions about eligibility will be decided by the Committee.
Membership will consist of the following categories:
A subscriber is someone who is a member of the MCG mailing list.
4.2.2 Individual Members
An Individual Member is someone who has registered their membership and who has not been excluded from membership. Individual Memberships are free and are renewable annually.
4.2.3 Corporate Members
Corporate membership is available to any eligible organisation that pays the current corporate membership fee (see MCG Membership Rates). Corporate memberships are renewable annually.
Corporate representatives have the same privileges as Subscribers, and additionally may:
4.2.4 Honorary Life Members
An Honorary Life Member is someone who has been awarded Membership of the Group to recognise their exceptional service to the Group or to information and communications technology or new technologies in the sector.
The Committee may appoint up to 6 (six) Honorary Life Members at any one time.
Honorary Life Members will have the same rights as members and may additionally attend normal MCG events without charge.
4.2.5 Advisory Group
An Advisory Group member is someone who has been invited to advise, guide and support the MCG Committee and advocate on behalf of MCG, its members and its objectives.
The purpose of the Advisory Group is to act as ‘critical friends’, offering advice as requested on proposed MCG activities, partnerships, research and events, etc. The Advisory Group will meet no more than once a year, but may also occasionally be called on individually for advice in conversation with MCG Committee members.
The MCG Advisory Group is appointed by the MCG Committee following an open call for nominations, and will consist of up to 7 people of good standing within their sectors. Advisory Board members will normally sit for a period of one year and may be reappointed annually by mutual agreement. The Advisory Group has no executive authority or responsibility.
Advisory Group membership does not affect the rights granted an individual through their membership in any other MCG Membership categories.
Where circumstances require it, Advisory Board members may be removed by a majority vote of the MCG Committee. Following such a decision the MCG Secretary will write to the Advisory Board Member concerned advising them of the Committee decision.
The amounts of subscriptions, meetings discounts, the due dates and methods of payment shall be as specified by the Committee in the attached schedules.
4.4 REGISTER OF MEMBERS
The Group will maintain a list of registered members for the purposes of membership administration and events promotion only.
Membership lists will not be provided to third parties nor circulated outside the Group.
Committee members are expected to actively contribute to tasks required to achieve the Purpose and Objectives of the MCG, including attending Committee meetings whenever possible (or providing reports in advance and attending afterwards to actions arising from the meeting).5.1 COMPOSITION
5.2 CO-OPTED MEMBERS
The Committee shall have the power to co-opt up to three (3) additional members as it deems necessary to fulfil the duties of the Committee.Co-opted members may be representatives of other organisations.
No co-opted member shall serve for longer than the standard membership periods that apply to Committee members.
The Committee shall meet at least once in every half year.
At least ONE meeting per year shall be face-to-face. Other meetings may be conducted via electronic means including telephone conferencing, video conferencing or other appropriate method.
The Committee procedures are:
• Committee minutes will be confirmed at the next Committee meeting and published to the membership.
5.5 PERIOD OF OFFICE
Committee members are elected for a term of three years following which they must stand for re-election.
No Officer may fill the same post for more than TWO consecutive terms.
The Committee shall have the power to fill any vacancies that arise between Annual General Meetings. Any such changes must be confirmed at the next Annual General Meeting.
6 POWERS OF THE COMMITTEE
To carry out the purpose and objectives of the group in an open, clear and effective manner.
To be responsible to the membership for all decisions relating to the policy, organisation and administration of the group.
6.3 EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY
The Chair and/or Executive Officers of the Group shall have authority to make decisions on behalf of the group subject to confirmation at the next Committee meeting.
The Committee shall have the power to refuse membership or expel any person for conduct deemed detrimental to the purposes, objectives, character or interests of the group.
In all matters concerning the interpretation of their constitution, or any question not provided for therein, the decision of the Committee shall be final.
MCG is a non-profit association.
7.2 GROUP FUNDS
Responsibility for the funds of the Group shall rest with the Committee.
7.3 FINANCIAL YEAR
The financial year of the Group shall be the calendar year.
7.4 INDEPENDENT REVIEW
The accounts of the Group shall be subjected annually to an independent review by an Independent Reviewer(s), normally a qualified accountant(s), and shall be presented by the Treasurer for approval to the Annual General Meeting following the end of the financial year.
7.5 GROUP ACCOUNTS
The Committee shall have power to open accounts with any bank or building society in the name of the Group.
Cheques shall be signed by those officers or Committee members specified in the appropriate schedule.
The Committee shall have the power to employ individuals or companies in furtherance of the purpose and objectives of the Group.
The Committee shall have power on behalf of the Group to enter into guarantees and indemnities, limited or unlimited.
Such guarantees and indemnities shall be signed on behalf of the Committee by those Committee members nominated in the appropriate resolution.
8 GENERAL MEETINGS
8.1 GENERAL MEETINGS
General meetings are annual or extraordinary.
The quorum at a general meeting will be twenty-five (25) or 10% of the registered membership, whichever is the least.
8.3 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS
Annual General Meetings shall be held at a date, time and venue decided by the Committee.
The AGM will normally be held at one of the Group meetings. The maximum period between AGMs shall not exceed 18 (eighteen) months.
8.4 NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
All MCG notices will be circulated through the MCG email list or should this not be available a suitable alternative method.
A preliminary notice giving the date, time and place of the annual general meeting, an outline of the matters to be considered, a call for nominations and invitations for further resolutions shall be circulated at least 30 (thirty) days prior to the meeting.
The officers and elected members of the Committee shall be elected by simple majority at the Annual General Meeting.
In the event of a tie the Chair shall have the option of casting a deciding vote.
Nominations must be received by the Secretary before noon on the day before the AGM.
Where there are still vacancies nominations may be made during the meeting.
Where more than nominations than vacancies are received, the Chair will make arrangements for finalising Committee appointments in consultation with the nominees and the Executive Officers.
All those nominated for election to the Committee must, at the time of nomination, be Individual Members or nominated representatives of Corporate Members.
8.6 REPORTS AND ACCOUNTS
The report of the Committee; the income and expenditure account and balance sheet; and the report of the Independent Reviewer(s) shall be submitted for approval to the Annual General Meeting.
8.7 INDEPENDENT REVIEWER(S)
The Independent Reviewer(s), who shall be professionally qualified, shall be proposed, seconded and elected by the members present at the Annual General Meeting.
8.8 EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETINGS
An extraordinary general meeting may be called at any time by the Committee and must also be called on receipt by the Secretary of a request signed by at least 25 members or 10% of the registered membership whichever is the less.
At least 30 (thirty) days notice of an Extraordinary General Meeting shall be circulated to all members. The business to be transacted at the meeting must be stated in the notice convening the meeting and no other business may be transacted at the meeting.
9 OTHER ORGANISATIONS
The Committee may decide the Group be linked to or become a member of other organisations with similar or related objectives to those of the Group.
Amendments to this Constitution shall only be made by a two-thirds majority of the Annual General Meeting following at least thirty (30) days notice of any proposed alteration.
The re-numbering of sections or subsections of the Constitution consequent upon minor amendments may be made by the Committee without formal notice provided that no change in the meaning of the Constitution is made as a result
The Committee may make changes to the Schedules to reflect operational requirements but must seek confirmation of any such changes at the next Annual General Meeting.
Dissolution of the Group may be undertaken only at a General Meeting.
The Group shall be dissolved by a motion for dissolution, which may be proposed by the Committee or be proposed and seconded by two members.
Voting on a motion for dissolution shall be by a two-thirds majority of the members voting.
The dissolution becomes effective after the Group has:
Any queries should be addressed to the Chair.
|This version (2.3) of the Constitution approved at the 2014 MCG AGM on 7 November 2014.
MCG Membership Rates
Discounted event tickets for annual memberships apply to the next ticketed event (e.g. Museums+TECH) and continue until the next equivalent event, when a new membership may be registered.
The current MCG membership rates and associated discounts are:
HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS
MCG Spring and Autumn Meetings Fees
Event fees are designed to cover event-related costs, such as catering, venue costs, etc.
Annual conference (Museums+TECH)
Last Changed September 2017.
MCG Committee Composition
While all Committee members share joint responsibility for all group activities each member has a primary role. Each functional group should have a primary contact person responsible for that team’s timely completion of tasks, and for reports at the AGM and as required.
MCG Account Signatories
MCG cheques require ONE signature and may be signed by:
the Treasurer OR the Chair OR the Secretary.
Last updated September 2017