Increase is led by a Committee which has responsibility for the direction and coordination of Increase. It is responsible for decision-making and oversight, including the following areas:
- Strategy, priorities, annual plan and budget
- Finances, including fundraising and Increase Trust UK
- Task Groups and other Increase activities
- Membership, including membership contributions
- Profile-raising and public communications
- Premises and equipment.
The Committee provides an annual report to all members, summarising decisions and activities during the year, and including a financial report that has been independently reviewed.
The Increase Committee comprises no more than eight people who are elected/appointed on the following basis:
- Five people who are elected, normally at the triennial Increase Conference, from amongst Core Member representatives and Individual Members, with no more than one being an Individual Member
- Up to three people, from amongst Core Member representatives and Individual Members, who are co-opted by elected Committee members because their expertise and activities contribute significantly to achieving the strategic direction of Increase.
At least one of the co-opted Committee members is normally someone working for the ‘hub’.
The Committee will appoint one of its elected members as its Chair. The Committee will appoint one its members to act as Increase Treasurer.
Nominations for elected Committee candidates are requested from Core Members and Individual Members starting up to one month before voting is due to take place. Candidates for Committee must confirm whether they are willing to stand for election. Elections normally take place at an Increase Conference.
Elected Committee members normally serve a three-year term, until the next Conference. Committee members do not normally serve more than two three-year terms in succession. Of the first elected Committee members, at least two will be expected to serve two terms in order to ensure continuity.
The Committee normally holds meetings at least once every three months, using Skype or other communications technology. If possible, the Committee meets once each year in person. Committee meetings are minuted and minutes can be made available to members on request.
The Committee aims to take decisions by consensus. However, if necessary, the Committee votes on matters at its meetings, but at least four Committee members must be present at a meeting for a vote to be valid. If necessary, the Chair has a casting vote.