General Governance Matters

Rainham Organisers for Youth Opportunity Leaders (“Royals”) is a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales under registration number 1036854. The Aims and Objectives of the Royals are recorded as:

“For the benefit of children and young persons in the Rainham parish in the London borough of Havering by providing or assisting in the provision of recreational activities and facilities (both outdoor and indoor) so as to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities and so that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society and so that their conditions of life may be improved”.

The Executive Committee, comprising the Honorary Officers (who are ex officio Trustees) and Other Trustees manage the charity. The Executive Committee is responsible for ensuring that the charity’s aims and objectives are discharged and that the charity remains financially viable. The Trustees are supported by a Centre Manager who is responsible the day to day management of the Centre as directed by the Trustees.

The Centre Manager is:
Ms Paula Young

The current Honorary Officers are:
Ms Teresa Goulding - Chairperson
Ms Samantha Sheen - Secretary
Kevin J Kearns - Treasurer

The Current Elected Trustees are:
Ms Teresa Goulding
Ms Samantha Sheen
Kevin J Kearns
Christy Fagade
Ola Busari

The Royals is a membership organisation and membership is open to any person over the age of 18 years interested in furthering the aims and objectives. Generally though, the Royals has evolved over time into a base for community activities and the membership comprises representatives of the several User Groups who use the Centre for faith and community based activities. Each User Group may nominate, in writing to the Centre Manager, up to two of their members to attend Executive Committee meetings but only one representative for each User Group may be a Trustee and cast a vote. Participation as members is also invited from young people who are normally resident or who attend school in the London Borough of Havering and who have not reached the age of 18 years. Members who are not yet 18 years of age are not entitled to vote.

The Executive Committee endeavours to meet not less than five times a year to determine the strategy and direction of the Royals and to consider requests and initiatives put forward by members, to consider financial matters and generally to deal with all matters concerning the running of the charity.

Applications are invited from the User Groups and members for candidates for election to the Executive Committee and elections will be held once every year, usually at the Annual General Meeting. Ideally, the Executive Committee will comprise not less than eight or more than 12 members, including the Honorary Officers.