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Governance and Structure


Equality & Diversity

The RA is committed to creating and sustaining a positive, fair and mutually supportive environment. We accept, respect and value people with diverse identities and backgrounds and believe our differences make us stronger and more effective in achieving our goals.  We ensure appointments are made on the recommendation of a transparent, balanced and appropriate panel, are made on the basis of merit, and encourage applications from all suitably qualified and eligible candidates.

Board of Trustees

This is the RA’s governing body as a Charity. It is responsible for the management of the Association’s business, for which purpose they may exercise all the powers of the Association. The Board meets face to face at least three times a year to:

  • manage risk
  • oversee strategy, define policy, agree the business plan and monitor progress
  • ensure the proper management of the assets of the Association for the benefit of the Objects.

It has the authority to carry out the RA’s charitable responsibilities and delegates the operational aspects of its affairs to its CEO and committees. It works closely and liaises with the Renal Association Council but ultimately, all decisions (apart from changes to the Articles of Association) are either taken by, or on behalf of, the Board of Trustees and reported to the Membership at the AGM held at the annual conference of the Association, UK Kidney Week (UKKW®).


Council meets at least three times a year and develops policy. It considers and acts on current issues affecting the Renal Community and reports to the Board of Trustees. Council includes elected members who represent the views and opinions of the Membership of the Association.


Day to day affairs are conducted with advice from committees – to read the terms of reference of each committee, please visit its web page:


Code of Conduct

The Renal Association endorses the Royal College of Physicians Code of Conduct

The Renal Association

The Companies Acts 1985 and 1989. Company Limited by Guarantee and not having a Share Capital

You can read the Articles and Rules here:

File Type Size Date  
Articles of the Renal Association pdf 171.07 KB 17/07/2018 play_for_workDownload
Rules of the Association - November 2016 pdf 106.34 KB play_for_workDownload
Declared Interests of Trustees pdf 217.90 KB 25/04/2018 play_for_workDownload