OUR CHARTER, BYLAWS AND RULES
Our Royal Charter was granted by Her Majesty the Queen on the advice of the Privy Council on 27 July 2004. The Charter states the objectives Society, what it may and must do, and how it may be run.
In defining the objects of the RPS, the Charter states:
"The objects of The Society are to educate members of the public by increasing their knowledge and understanding of Photography and in doing so to promote the highest standards of achievement in Photography in order to encourage public appreciation of Photography.
In this Charter 'Photography' shall mean the Art or Science of the recording of light or other radiation on any medium on which an image is produced or from which any image may by any means be produced."
The Charter prevails if there is any conflict in meaning or instruction with the ByLaws or Rules, and the ByLaws prevail over the Rules.
The ByLaws set out, at a high level, how the RPS is run. They may be amended at an AGM or EGM. They were last revised and approved on 28 September 2019.
The Rules are made under Section 16 of the Charter. They detail key management procedures that determine important aspects of our management. They may be amended at an AGM or EGM. They were last revised and approved on 28 September 2019.
In early 2018, our Trustees published a strategy for 2018 - 2023. This focusses upon our public benefit purpose and a widening of our reach and impact. You can read more here.
Each year, our Trustees' Annual Report and Accounts are approved at the AGM and submitted to the Charity Commission. Please click the following links to download the most recent reports:
OTHER IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
The following policies and guidelines are available for general reference. Further guidelines and policies may be available for members and volunteers when logged in to the website.
Member code of conduct Our Members are expected to support one another at all times and behave in a way that protects the reputation of the RPS. This document details our expectations of Member conduct and how we manage this.
Complaints If you have an issue or complaint about the RPS, we ask you to first take this up with an appropriate member of staff. If you are still dissatisfied, then you may escalate to a manager or if necessary email firstname.lastname@example.org. As a final resort, we have a formal complaints procedure, which may be used if, regrettably, we have not been able to address your issue.