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As of the 1st June 2002, The Centre for Fortean Zoology is administered by the CFZ TRUST FOR CONSERVATION AND ANIMAL WELFARE - a non-profit-making trust, which is currently applying for charitable status. As well as the Centre for Fortean Zoology, the trust also runs a small animal rescue service for reptiles and amphibians, and is planning other conservation projects.

The following deed has been signed by the trustees: Jonathan Downes, Graham Inglis and Richard Freeman, and has been taken by our Advisor, Martin Jenkins, to the Stamp Office where it has been stamped and witnessed:


1. Administration

This charitable trust constituted by the deed ("the Charity") and its property ("the trust fund") shall be administered and managed by the trustees under the name of the CFZ Trust or by such other name as the trustees from time to time decide with the approval of the Charity Commission for England and Wales ("the Commission").

2. Objects

The trustees shall hold the trust fund and its income upon trust to apply them for the following objects:
1. the education of the public concerning zoology with particular reference to rare, endangered, unidentified or out of place animals, including research and investigation into such animals;
2. the provision of facilities for the rescue, care and rehabilitation to the wild of wild, and particularly rare or endangered, animals;
3. the creation of nature reserves for the protection of animals and/or habitats and the education of the public concerning them.

3. Powers

In furtherance of the objects but not otherwise the trustees may exercise any of the following powers:

1. to raise funds and invite and receive contributions: provided that in raising funds the trustees shall not undertake any substantial permanent trading activity and shall conform to any relevant statutory regulations;
2. to buy, take on lease or in exchange, hire or otherwise acquire any property necessary for the achievement of the objects and to maintain and equip it for use;
3. subject to any consents required by law, to sell, lease or otherwise dispose of all or any part of the property comprised in the trust fund;
4. subject to any consents required by law, to borrow money and to charge the whole or any part of the trust fund with repayment of the money so borrowed;
5. to co-operate with other charities, voluntary bodies and statutory authorities operating in furtherance of the objects or of similar charitable purposes and to exchange information and advice with them;
6. to establish or support any charitable trusts, associations or institutions formed for the objects or any of them;
7. to appoint and constitute such advisory committees as the trustees may think fit;
8. to employ, on a temporary or permanent basis, such staff (who shall not be trustees) as are necessary for the proper pursuit of the objects and to make all reasonable and necessary provision for the payment of pensions and superannuation to staff and their dependants;
9. to permit any investments comprised in the trust fund to be held in the name of any clearing bank, any trust corporation or any stockbroking company which is a member of the Stock Exchange (or any subsidiary of such a stockbroking company) as nominee for the trustees and to pay any such nominee reasonable and proper remuneration for acting as such;
10. to delegate to any one or more of the trustees the transaction of any business or the performance of any act required to be transacted or performed in the execution of the trusts of the Charity and which is within the professional or business competence of such trustee or trustees: provided that the trustees shall exercise reasonable supervision over any trustee or trustees acting on their behalf under this provision and shall ensure that all their acts and proceedings are fully and promptly reported to them;
11. to do all such other lawful things as are in the judgement of the trustees necessary for the achievement of the objects.

4. Appointment of trustees

(1) There shall be not less than three and not more than six trustees. Every future trustee shall be appointed by a resolution of the trustees passed at a special meeting called under clause 8(4).
(2) In selecting persons to be appointed as trustees, the trustees shall take into account the benefits of appointing a person who through residence, occupation, employment or otherwise has special knowledge of the area of benefit or who is otherwise able by virtue of his or her personal or professional qualifications to make a contribution to the pursuit of the objects or the management of the Charity.
(3) When any new trustee is appointed the trustees shall ensure that any property of the Charity which is not vested in or about to be vested in the Official Custodian for Charities, a custodian trustee or a nominee is effectively vested in the persons who are trustees following such appointment.
(4) If for any reason trustees cannot be appointed in accordance with the foregoing provision, the statutory power of appointing new or additional trustees shall be exercisable.

5. Eligibility for trusteeship

(1) No person shall be appointed as a trustee who is under the age of 18 years or in circumstances such that, had he or she been already a trustee, he or she would have been disqualified from office under the provisions of clause 6.
(2) No person shall be entitled to act as a trustee whether on a first or any subsequent entry into office until after signing in the minute book of the trustees a declaration of acceptance and willingness to act in the trusts of the Charity.

6. Determination of trusteeship

A trustee shall cease to hold office if he or she:
(1) is disqualified from acting as a trustee by virtue of section 72 of the Charities Act 1993 or any other relevant legislation, or
(2) becomes incapable by reason of mental disorder, illness or injury of managing and administering his or her own affairs, or
(3) is absent without the permission of the trustees from all their meetings held within a period of six months and the trustees resolve that his or her office be vacated, or
(4) notifies to the trustees a wish to resign (but only if at least two trustees will remain in office when the notice of resignation is to take effect).

7. Vacancies

If a vacancy occurs the trustees shall note the fact in their minute book at their next meeting. So long as there shall be fewer than two trustees none of the powers or discretions hereby or by law vested in the trustees shall be exercisable except for the purpose of appointing a new trustee or trustees.

8. Meetings and governance

(1) The trustees shall hold at least two ordinary meetings in each year.
(2) The first meeting shall be called by Jonathan Downes, or if no meeting has been called within three months after the date of this deed by any two of the trustees. Subsequent meetings shall be arranged by the trustees at their meetings or may be called by the chair or any two trustees upon not less than ten days' notice being given to the other trustees.
(3) The trustees at their first ordinary meeting in each year shall elect one of their number to be chair of their meetings until the commencement of the first ordinary meeting in the following year. The chair shall always be eligible for re-election. If the chair is not present within ten minutes after the time appointed for holding the meeting or there is no chair, the trustees present shall choose one of their number to chair the meeting.
(4) A special meeting may be called at any time by the chair or any two trustees upon not less than four days' notice being given to the other trustees of the matters to be discussed, but if the matters include the appointment of a trustee or a proposal to amend any of the trusts of this deed, then upon not less than 21 days' notice being so given. A special meeting may be called to take place immediately after or before an ordinary meeting.
(5) There shall be a quorum when at least one third of the number of trustees for the time being or two trustees, whichever is the greater, are present at a meeting.
(6) Every matter shall be determined by a majority of the votes of the trustees present and voting on the question. The chair of the meeting shall have a casting vote whether he or she has or has not voted previously on the same question, but no trustee in any other circumstances shall give more than one vote.
(7) The trustees shall keep minutes, in books kept for the purpose, of the proceedings at their meetings.

9. Compliance

The trustees shall comply with their obligations under the Charities Act 1993 or any other relevant legislation with regard to:
(1) the keeping of accounting records for the Charity;
(2) the preparation of annual statements of account for the Charity;
(3) the auditing or independent examination of the statements of account of the Charity;
(4) the transmission of the statements of account of the Charity to the Commission;
(5) the preparation of an annual report and its transmission to the Commission;
(6) the preparation of an annual return and its transmission to the Commission.

10. General power to make regulations

Within the limits of this deed the trustees shall have full power from time to time to make regulations for the management of the Charity and for the conduct of their business, including the calling of meetings, the deposit of money at a bank and the custody of its documents.

11. Bank account Any bank account in which any part of the trust fund is deposited shall be operated by the trustees and shall be held in the name of the Charity. All cheques and orders for the payment of money from such account shall be signed by at least two trustees.

12. Trustees not to be personally interested

(1) Subject to the provisions of sub-clauses 12(2) and 12(3), no trustee shall acquire any interest in property belonging to the Charity (otherwise than as a trustee for the Charity) or receive remuneration or be interested (otherwise than as a trustee) in any contract entered into by the trustees: provided that nothing in this sub-clause shall prevent the payment of expenses necessarily and legitimately incurred by a trustee in his or her capacity as a trustee for the Charity.
(2) Any trustee who is a solicitor, accountant or other person engaged in any profession may charge and be paid all the usual professional charges for business done by him or her or his or her firm when instructed by the other trustees to act in a professional capacity on behalf of the Charity: provided that at no time shall a majority of the trustees benefit under this provision and that a trustee shall withdraw from any meeting of the trustees at which his or her own instruction or remuneration, or that of his or her firm, is under discussion.
(3) Nothing in this clause shall be construed so as to prevent a trustee from conducting or taking part in research and/or investigation at the expense of the charity, provided that no payment is made directly to the trustee other than in respect of expenses actually incurred, or from profiting from any publication (other than the charity's official report) arising from the research or investigation.

13. Amendment of Trust Deed

(1) The trustees may amend the provisions of this deed, provided that:

(a) no amendment may be made to clause 2 unless either it appears to the trustees that the objects can no longer provide a suitable and effective method of using the trust fund or the amendment is necessary to ensure that the Charity retains or secures registration as a charity;
(b) no amendment may be made to clause 2, clause 12 or clause 13 without the prior consent in writing of the Commission; and
(c) no amendment may be made which has the effect of the Charity ceasing to be a charity at law.

(2) Any amendment shall be made by deed under the authority of a resolution passed at a special meeting of the trustees.
(3) The trustees shall promptly send to the Commission a copy of any amendment made under this clause.