Board Trustees Volunteer Roles in Bristol
The Martin James Foundation (MJF) is a global network of charitable organisations working with a shared vision of a world in which children grow up and thrive in safe and loving families.
Through our work, we strive to bring an end to institutional care for children, including orphanages, by engaging in family strengthening work and gatekeeping to prevent family separation, reunification and reintegration of children back into their families and communities when possible and facilitating family-based alternative care when it is necessary. Finally, we are committed to supporting young people to thrive while realising their full potential.
The Foundation is comprised of the following:
• MJF Global - utilises technical and financial resources generated by the Foundation to invest in partner organisations that support children and families in various countries, contributing to the global efforts in deinstitutionalising care practices.
• Key Assets - independent, non-profit fostering agencies in Australia, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand delivering charitable services for children, families and communities.
• EPIC - a programme which supports young people in the UK who have faced adversity or have lived experience of care, empowering them to create and launch their own businesses.
The Martin James Foundation is entering a transformative phase and is inviting passionate, committed individuals to join our Board of Trustees during this pivotal moment. We seek to welcome Board Members who can offer fresh perspectives, fill existing skill gaps, and guide the charity on its mission to support children, families, and communities worldwide.
We are particularly interested in candidates with diverse experiences and backgrounds. Among our new trustees, we hope to include:
• Individuals with lived experience of alternative care whose experiences and insights will guide us to create impactful and responsive services that always prioritise the best interests of children. Your perspective will shape policies and programmes, building trust within communities and shaping a culture of inclusivity.
• An individual with a finance background, particularly in the non-profit sector, to guide us on financial matters and help us navigate the unique financial landscape of charities with both strategic insight and practical oversight.
The commitment for trustees averages eight days per year, including remote quarterly Board meetings, participation in technical sub-committees, and strategic sessions with the leadership team. Although the positions are voluntary, we ensure that reasonable expenses are covered and any necessary training costs are provided.
We are dedicated to meaningfully diversifying our Board, aiming to enhance our perspectives and approaches with a range of voices and experiences. Therefore, we encourage applicants of all ages and diverse backgrounds to consider these roles, particularly those with lived experience of alternative care or from outside the UK.
Please refer to our Trustee Role Information documents for further details on the roles. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV outlining what experience you can bring to the role by 7 January 2024.
Africa Health Organisation (AHO) and its Subsidiaries
Africa Health Organisation (AHO) is looking for trustees and Board of Directors for its board and for its subsidiaries. AHO subsidiaries are independent and operate an independent Board of Trustees/Directors separate from AHO. Trustees of a Company Limited by Guarantee are called Directors for the purpose of Company Law. We are looking for the following trustees:
Africa Health Organisation (AHO) - 4 Trustees/Board of Directors
(1) Africa AIDS Foundation - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(2) Africa Age Foundation - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(3) Africa Animal Health Alliance - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(4) Africa Climate Change Alliance - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(5) Africa Community Development Alliance - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(6) Africa Conciliation and Mediation Service - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(7) Africa Credit Union (ACU) - 5 Board of Directors (for profit)
(8) Africa Dental Association - 3 Trustees/Board of Director
(9) Africa Diabetes Association - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(10) Africa Ealy Years Development - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(11) Africa Environment Conservation Alliance - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(12) Africa Family Planning Alliance - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(13) Africa Food Development Programme - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(14) Africa Foundation for Education - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(15) Africa Genomics - 5 Board of Directors (for profit)
(16) Africa Heritage Fund - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(17) Africa Initiative for Sustainable Development - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors)
(18) Africa Mental Health - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(19) African Mothers Alliance Initiative - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(20) Africa Nursing and Care Agency - 5 Board of Directors (for profit)
(21) Africa Pharmaceutical - 5 Board of Directors (for profit)
(22) Africa Prostate Cancer Association - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(23) Africa Recycling Development Alliance - 5 Board of Directors (for profit)
(24) Africa Refugee Council - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(25) Africa Rural Development Alliance - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(26) Africa TB Organisation Programme - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(27) African Children's Development - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(28) African Women's Association - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(29) African Council of Families - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
(30) African Youth Association - 3 Trustees/Board of Directors
The role of a Trustee
Trustees work as part of a Board of Trustees/Directors in order to: inform the organisation’s strategic direction; scrutinise the financial management of the organisation; and ensure the sound governance of the organisation. Trustees are not responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the organisation. However, they are responsible for scrutinising the operational decisions taken by the Chief Executive Officer, to ensure that the organisation operates effectively and in line with its objectives and values.
Hours, location and benefits
- Trustees are required to attend quarterly Board meetings in person or video conference like zoom.
- All Trustees are required to participate in at least one Sub-Group. These meetings are held once every quarter.
- Trustees are required to attend the Annual General Meeting.
- Preparatory work is required in advance of and sometimes following each meeting.
- Trustees may be required or encouraged to contribute to AHO-related activity outside meetings, e.g. to participate in staff interview panels, to participate in specific project-focused tasks, to contribute to decision-making that requires the involvement of the Trustees.
- Trustees are strongly encouraged to occasionally visit the projects.
- Trustees are strongly encouraged to attend the annual Staff Away-day and the Board’s annual strategic planning day.
Trustees are volunteers who give their time, skills and expertise for no financial gain. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed in line with the organisation’s Volunteer Policy.
It is essential that a diverse skills set is represented amongst the Board of Trustees/Directors. It is expected that the Trustees work as a team, such that they can draw on different skills depending on the task in hand. We encourage you to highlight your particular strengths, so that we can compare these to the skills already represented on the Board.
Beyond these specific skills, there are some more general criteria that are either essential or desirable for Trustees of AHO.
- A commitment to the values and objectives of Africa Health Organisation (AHO).
- We are encouraging students to apply so that they can gain experience in governance.
- Directors of a profit making subsidiary must have appropriate qualifications and experience.
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
- An ability to communicate effectively
- An ability to make sound, independent judgements
- An ability to think creatively
- An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
- Knowledge and understanding of health issues affecting people in Africa and its effects on the people.
Please note, some Trustees (working with children and vulnerable adults) are required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and hold an up to date certificate. The DBS check will be arranged by AHO.
About Alopecia UK
Alopecia UK is a charity working to improve the lives of those affected by alopecia through aims of Support, Awareness and Research. Founded in 2004, we work to help adults, young people and children affected by alopecia. This includes those with the condition, as well as their loved ones. We are a small charity working nationally across the UK. Despite being small, we are the largest alopecia charity in the UK and have big ambitions to continue our growth and development, reaching more people and funding more research than ever before.
We have a fantastic staff team and board of Trustees, as well as a loyal network of volunteers and supporters. This is a fantastic opportunity for a passionate and innovative applicant to support a small yet dynamic charity, and make a lasting difference to the lives of those affected by alopecia.
Alopecia UK Trustee Board
Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Alopecia UK. They represent a wide range of expertise from across finance, healthcare, communications, management and risk; in both private and public sectors.
The Trustee Board meets 4 times a year (two face-to-face meetings and two virtual meetings). Face-to-face meetings tend to be held on Saturdays from approximately 11am-4pm. Virtual meetings tend to be held midweek from approximately 6.30-8.30pm.
Alopecia UK Treasurer
Our Treasurer oversees the monitoring of the organisation’s finances alongside the Board Chair and Charity CEO, reporting regularly to the board and ensuring the bookkeeping, record keeping, and budgeting are done properly.
In addition to the 4 regular trustee meeting, the Treasurer spends approx 12-15 hours per quarter on accounts prep, budget prep, finance meetings etc.
This is a volunteer position. Out-of-pocket expenses are payable.
The duties of the Treasurer include:
- Assist in the preparation of annual budgets and monitor performance against these.
- Preparation of quarterly management account packs (to include sense checking the bookkeeping records) and presentation of these to the Trustee board as part of the Trustee meetings.
Requirements for the role:
- A commitment to the charity’s mission to improve the lives of those affected by alopecia
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
- Possesses relevant financial qualifications and experience, including knowledge of charity finance and accounting for charitable funds
- Experience in governance and administration
- Possesses strategic vision, good independent judgement, and the ability to think creatively
- Understands and accepts the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of trusteeship
- Strong organisational skills
- Understanding of sensitivities relating to confidential information
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
- A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
- Ability to work collaboratively and establish credibility with the Charity's trustees
- Remotely attending monthly finance catch ups with the internal staff team.
- Liaise with external accountants as part of the year end accounts process and assist in answering questions.
- Create and ensure implementation of sounds financial instruments, controls and systems for AUK’s assets.
- Advise on the financial implications of AUK’s strategic objectives.
- Act as a signatory on AUK’s banking transactions and any applications for funds, eg: grants and awards
- Keep on top of regulatory filings with The Charities Commission and OSCR
- Contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in providing financial direction to the charity, including overseeing financial policy, goals, targets and evaluating performance against agree targets.
- Embrace and respect the culture of Alopecia UK.
Please refer to the Charity Commission guidance on good practice of charity meetings, also to Alopecia UK’s Charity Commission records. You can also read Alopecia UK’s 2021-2024 strategy.
If you would like an informal discussion about the role and what’s involved, one of the current trustees would be very happy to talk to you. Please email with your details and we will get back to you.
Interview dates: To be confirmed.
All interviews will be held over Zoom.
We would love to understand more about you and your reasons for wanting to join the board of trustees at Alopecia UK and this information will be key for us in shortlisting. Within your supporting statement please comment on:
- Why you want to support the work of Alopecia UK as the Treasurer
- How you meet the person specification
- What you feel you would bring in terms of experience, skillset, and knowledge base
- Any knowledge/experience you have of Alopecia UK and whether you have been involved in the charity’s work in the past (not essential)
- Your statement should not exceed 1,000 words.
If you have strategic finance experience and are looking to become a trustee of an organisation making a tangible difference to people facing difficulties, this could be the ideal opportunity. Founded in 1850, Architects Benevolent Society (ABS) is a charity dedicated to supporting past and present members of the architectural community and their families from the beginning of their careers to those who are now in retirement.
ABS helps people who are experiencing challenges such as illness, accident, redundancy,unemployment, or other personal difficulties. ABS provides a range of services including confidential advice, mental health and wellbeing support and financial assistance. We aim to empower people in the architectural community to flourish and live full and rewarding lives whilst following their passion for architecture and design.
As a trustee on our Finance Audit & Risk Committee, you will play a key role in developing a five-year plan that seeks to diversify our significant investment portfolio to build a sustainable future for the charity, enabling us to to help more people and to ensure we are meeting the needs of the architectural community in the most effective way we can.
Please read at our recruitment pack for a full role description and how to apply.
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We are seeking to diversify our board! We are looking for one Trustee and one Chair. Do you have a passion for sex workers’ rights and safety? Do you want to be part of a charity with vital real-world impact? Do you have the time and skills to guide NUM’s board and staff towards its mission? Then we’d love to hear from you.
We are especially keen to receive applications from people of colour, others with marginalised identities and sex work experience. If you’d like to speak with someone in advance of applying, please contact the current chair, Siân Prime, at sian[at]uglymugs[dot]org with Chair Enquiry in the subject line.
National Ugly Mugs (NUM) is an award-winning charity with a mission to ‘end all forms of violence against sex workers.’ NUM provides a mechanism for sex industry workers to report crimes and harm they experience and share this information within their communities to warn others of potentially dangerous individuals and situations.
We have a dedicated casework team of industry experts who support sex workers to further access criminal justice remedies and other services as determined by victims/survivors to cope and recover from crimes they experience in the ways they choose. We also host a range of other projects in racial justice, mental health, drop-in support (Scotland), and vocational exploration.
Our main aims are to:
Increase sex worker safety and prevent crime and harms against this diverse population of adults.
Support sex workers in generating knowledge and sharing their experiences in ways that advance the well-being of their communities, increase the social inclusion of sex workers and an end discrimination, criminalisation, and violence.
Provide survivor-centred, trauma-informed support services.
Facilitate sex workers in safely accessing the public services of their choosing and in educating communities of stakeholders to ensure that:
sex workers are the ones characterising their work and defining their circumstances, needs and priorities.
services are informed about the needs and priorities of sex workers in order to promote non-judgemental treatment and respectful engagement.
all sex workers, irrespective of class, race, gender, sexuality, ability, status in the country and type of sex work, receive consistent, protective responses from police when they access them for help.
sex workers inform justice, victim support, anti-violence and inclusion health initiatives in ways that improve their wellbeing and increase their engagement in civil society.
We serve sex workers of all genders, ages, abilities, cultures and modes of work and offer a digital reporting and alerting mechanism to warn these communities about dangerous individuals who may target them. We provide individualised specialist support from experiential support staff and others trained as Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA) who ensure sex workers have the information and resources needed to make important choices about their lives.
NUM has 17 members of staff, and 8 board members
NUM had over 9000 members, 80% of whom were sex workers
Our Case Work Team provided direct support to over 737 sex workers
519 reports of harm perpetrated against sex workers were submitted to NUM, and we sent out over 760,000 alerts to sex workers to prevent further violence
Please read our role description attached to find out more about who we’re looking for.
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We’re passionate about making the countryside in Norfolk a better place for everyone to enjoy and are seeking a proactive leader, ideally with some experience of charity governance and board management, to become Chair of our charity.
We need someone to help advocate for our campaign priorities and oversee the future direction and development of our charity. Someone who will support our fundraising, membership and engagement initiatives, build relationships and represent CPRE Norfolk at key external stakeholder meetings, and liaise with other local CPREs and national CPRE.
As Chair you’ll provide leadership to our Board of Trustees, a team with a broad range of experience, and guide the future strategy, direction and development of our charity. Working collaboratively with your fellow Trustees, volunteers and paid support staff, you will help increase our visibility, promote our campaigns and increase our membership. You’ll help advocate for positive solutions and make a real difference with regard to the issues facing the local countryside and the environment.
Ideally, you will bring some of the following qualities:
- Previous experience in leadership, management and organisational development
- Good interpersonal skills with the ability to demonstrate diplomacy, impartiality, respect and confidentiality
- Previous experience of committee work – paid or voluntary
- Knowledge of environmental and countryside issues
- Knowledge of the charity sector
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- Experience of working with people from different backgrounds and abilities
- Sufficient, flexible daytime and evening availability to fulfil the role (approximately 6 to 8 hours per week on average)
- A commitment to CPRE campaigns and initiatives
- We ask that all Trustees are, or are willing to become, members of CPRE (it’s quick and easy to join)
What’s in it for you?
You’ll have the satisfaction of leading a local charity with a long history of campaigning to promote, protect and enhance the Norfolk countryside. You’ll meet like-minded people throughout Norfolk and across the country,
You’ll get involved with social events, networking activities, and topical workshops on a local and national level, and you’ll be able to participate in relevant training.
The role requires approximately 2 to 4 hours per week on average, although this is flexible. You need to live in, or have close links to Norfolk to understand the local issues and challenges, and can carry out the role from home or the CPRE Norfolk office, with occasional travel elsewhere in the county.
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Are you an optimist? Can you inspire others? Do you think that improving the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable and at-risk children is worth fighting for? Do you have experience of fundraising and marketing?
Our Trustees play a critical role in achieving our vision of a world where street-connected children have the same rights as other children through:
- setting and overseeing the implementation of a strategy that brings results for children;
- appointing and providing support and oversight to our CEO and the executive team;
- ensuring the good governance of the organization including the management of risk,
- and acting as active ambassadors for the work of CSC.
All CSC trustees are required to agree to abide by the Trustees’ Code of Conduct and to declare as appropriate their business interests. They must ensure that the charity complies with its governing document, company and charity law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
We are particularly interested in candidates with an appetite for & experience of fundraising.
We’re excited to be recruiting a new Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Do you have a passion for campaigning to improve early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer? Do you want to make a positive difference to the lives of patients and families living with the realities of a diagnosis?
If the answer is yes, and you are a respected strategic leader with significant experience in chairing Boards then this could be the perfect role for you.
The Chair of the Board will ensure that we continue to achieve our charitable objectives, remain in a strong financial position, and put patients and families at the heart of decision-making.
As Chair, you will be working with a dedicated Board of Trustees whose diversity of skills, personal qualities and experience make it a powerful team that works collaboratively and with energy.
You will lead the Board in steering Pancreatic Cancer Action’s strategic direction and ensuring its continued growth and success.
WCC is recruiting for clinicians to join our Board of Trustees.
WCC delivers impactful counselling & mental health support which is affordable and accessible; 50% of clients come from Lambeth / Southwark and the rest from across London.
Our low/no-cost counselling service provides long-term support for adults from diverse backgrounds. We also provide culturally-sensitive counselling in 30 languages for migrants, refugees & asylum seekers.
If you are a fully qualified counsellor / psychotherapist and a member of a professional body with an energy & enthusiasm to help support & develop this growing, well-regarded charity, do please get in touch. We are keen for our board to represent the diverse communities we serve.
Previous board / trustee experience is not necessary and we welcome applications from all backgrounds.
Are you passionate about equality and the rights of everyone to self-determination, with an understanding of the issues facing gender diverse individuals? We wish to to expand our Board and also recruit a new treasurer.
Beyond Reflections is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation supporting trans, non-binary and gender questioning adults, as well as their friends, families and allies in England and Wales. Our mission is to deliver world-class mental well-being support to the trans+ community, allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and empowering them to navigate challenges, build resilience, and make healthy decisions about their future.
We believe that acceptance and education are cornerstones in creating an accepting society where everyone can express themselves however they choose. This is why we also deliver support to family members, friends, and other allies, as well as training for organisations.
Our members are at the heart of all we do and every decision we make.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for people willing to bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the role, and who will broaden the diversity of thinking on our board. We are particularly looking for a Treasurer to replace our current Treasurer who is stepping down at our next AGM in January.
We are also seeking to expand the number of trustees on our board with skills and experience in areas such as legal, medical, therapy, bid writing, and events, although we would love to hear from anyone who is as passionate as we are about what we do.
We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, especially those who are underrepresented on charity boards. We are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for our trustees, staff, volunteers, and beneficiaries.
Personal skills and qualities
- Willingness and ability to understand and accept their responsibilities and liabilities as trustees and to act in the best interests of the organisation.
- Ability to think creatively and strategically, exercise good, independent judgement and work effectively as a board member.
- Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussion.
- A strong personal commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Enthusiasm for our vision and mission.
- Willingness to lead according to our values
- Commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
What difference will you make?
Our trustees play a crucial role in shaping the direction of Beyond Reflections and ensuring we fulfil our mission. By joining as a trustee, you will actively contribute to making a positive impact on the lives of our beneficiaries.
Becoming a trustee is a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference, contribute skills and expertise, and be part of a collective effort to address societal challenges and make positive changes in the community we serve.
The role of treasurer is vital to help us develop and enhance our financial management as we seek to grow over the next few years.
There will be an initial chat with our CEO. For applicants who wish to proceed to the next stage, this is followed by completion of our volunteer application and and interview with the board.
We are excited to share this great opportunity to join our Board of Directors.It is a very important time for Cornerstone, as we set a course for the future, with our strategy ‘Future proofing Cornerstone’.
As a member of our Board, you will be instrumental in guiding the strategic future of the charity and ensuring exemplary governance and fiscal control. The main Board meets four times a year and board members will be expected to be a member of one of the sub committees. You will also act as a local ambassador for Cornerstone.
We are particularly keen to hear from those with skills, knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas who feel they can make a positive contribution to our charitable activities: -
- Management experience in social care quality standards, compliance, commissioning and / or procurement
- Senior management experience in the social work / social care sector preferably with strategic planning skills
- Accountancy/financial experience preferably at management level
- Personal experience of providing care and support of a relative or carer of a person who has experience of care
Cornerstone is one of Scotland’s largest charities and is a leading provider of social care services to more than 1,200 adults, children and young people with disabilities and other support needs. We employ over 1,900 people across Scotland and are fully committed to delivering high quality care and support.
In addition, we also operate our Cornerstone Self-Directed Support service. Across this service, we have over 200 Personal Assistants on our books and approximately 1000 active clients.
We’re committed to building a workforce that represents the true diversity of Scotland, where every single one of our colleagues feel enabled to deliver their best. We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer who selects the best person for the job. We value the diversity of our workforce and work hard to create an inclusive environment where each individual can bring their unique skills, experiences and ideas to the table to help us grow, bring create innovative solutions and develop of our people. We are keen to receive applications for board position that reflect the diversity of the organisation.
Click on our advert attachment to view for our Cornerstone Trustee Board information pack.
We welcome applications from anywhere in Scotland.
There is no re-numeration attached to the role but expenses will be reimbursed.
If you’re up for the challenge and think you have what it takes, apply today with your CV and cover letter.We're waiting to hear from you.Your cover letter should be uploaded to the 'Supporting Documents' section within our online application.
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Job Description: Chair of the Board of Trustees
Reporting to: The Trustee Board
Responsible for: Trustee Board leadership; organisational strategic oversight
Term of office:
The Chair and Trustees are appointed for an initial term of three years, subject to satisfactory reviews, continued contribution to the charity and compliance with the Board’s code of conduct, with a further two terms if re-elected by the Board.
Unpaid. Expenses incurred while travelling to meetings etc.
Usually, five Board Meetings a year. The Chair also meets with the Chief Executive at least monthly, but usually fortnightly. Additionally, the Chair leads the AGM and occasional additional activities (including any awaydays or strategic sessions, induction meetings and appraisals).
Can be based anywhere in the UK, although travel to meetings will be required, primarily to Bletchley, Milton Keynes. Meetings are a mixture of online and in-person.
Closing date for applications: TBA
About The National Energy Foundation
The NEF is an independent, national charity based in Milton Keynes, and has been at the forefront of improving the use of energy in buildings since 1988. It aims to give people, organisations and governments the knowledge, support and inspiration they need to understand and improve the use of energy in buildings. The NEF achieves this through:
· Delivering practical projects – Our largest portfolio of current projects is aimed at alleviating fuel poverty for those most in need, with additional projects focused on increasing energy efficiency in buildings.
· Inspiring action – providing building owners and occupiers with the encouragement, advice and real-life examples to achieve better performing buildings.
· Advancing knowledge - supporting collaboration to drive forward the frontiers of knowledge, innovation and practice.
· Identifying and addressing market failures using evidence, analysis and ideas.
· Provide strategic direction and leadership to the NEF and its Board, ensuring the charity delivers on its strategic and charitable objectives, vision, purpose and values.
· Ensure that the Board reviews strategic issues, risks and opportunities on a regular basis, and can satisfy itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities and mitigate risks.
· With the Board of Trustees, approve business plans and policies, budgets, accounts, annual reports and KPIs.
Governance and Trustee management
· Provide inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, encouraging full participation in discussions and decision-making and dealing with any issues that may impact Board effectiveness.
· Ensure the Board functions as a unit and works well with the entire Executive of the charity to achieve agreed objectives.
· Work with the Board, Chief Executive and external advisers to ensure compliance with the NEF Articles of Association, and all charity regulatory and statutory requirements, displaying good practice in all areas of its business.
· Ensure the financial stability of the charity.
· Safeguard the good name and values of the charity.
· Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision-making process.
· Ensure governance arrangements are working in the most effective way for the charity.
· Lead the process for recruiting or removing the Chief Executive and Trustees, ensuring succession plans are in place and the Board incorporates the right balance of diversity and inclusion, skills, knowledge and experience to govern and lead the charity effectively.
· Promote regular Board self-assessment exercises and develop the knowledge and capability of the Board of Trustees.
· Appraise the performance of the Trustees on an annual basis, ensuring they fulfil their duties and responsibilities.
Executive liaison and support
· Build and maintain a strong, effective and constructive working relationship with the Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team, offering general and specific support where appropriate and ensuring they are held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives.
· Ensure the Executive team maximises its performance through critical self-assessment of performance and processes, and outcomes are acted upon.
· Conduct the annual appraisal for the Chief Executive, setting proposed targets for the coming year.
- Support the Chief Executive, while respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles.
· Promote the interests of NEF wherever possible, assisting with relationship building.
· Act as an ambassador, spokesperson and the public face of the charity, representing the charity at external functions, meetings and events in partnership with the Chief Executive.
· A strong and visible passion and commitment to the charity, its strategic objectives and cause.
· The personal gravitas to lead a significant national organisation.
· Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building abilities; comfortable in an ambassadorial role.
· Previous Board-level experience in a charity or not-for-profit organisation, with a clear understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship.
· Proven ability to chair meetings and events, lead, foster and promote a collaborative team environment.
· Strategic vision and good, independent judgement.
· Strong personal and professional integrity.
· The ability to commit time to conduct the role well, including travel and attending events out of office hours.
The Chair may also have a particular area of technical expertise, but overall, the Board of Trustees should have a collective understanding of:
· Financial management, income generation and enterprise.
· Public policy and public affairs – particularly in the energy and built environment sector.
· National and local voluntary sectors.
· National and local government and statutory bodies.
· Digital strategies.
· Trading subsidiaries, social enterprises and joint ventures.
· Human resource management.
· Collaborative partnerships.
· Quality Management Systems.
· Strategic charitable business development.
· Social investment and impact.
Board code of conduct
This Code applies to all Trustees of the NEF, including the Chair. It is not a list of Trustees’ legal duties, although many of the elements of the Code are based on legal principles. The purpose of the Code is to set out the relevant standards expected of Trustees in order to maintain the highest standards of integrity and stewardship; to ensure that the organisation is effective, open and accountable; and to ensure a good working relationship with the Chief Executive and staff.
• Trustees should act with probity, due prudence and should take and consider professional advice on anything in which the Trustees do not have expertise themselves.
• Trustees should hold themselves accountable to the NEF’s stakeholders, including funders, beneficiaries and employees, for the Board’s decisions, the performance of the Board and the performance of the charity.
• When acting as Trustees, Trustees accept that their primary responsibility is to the NEF, not to their employer, client or any other organisation which they represent or are otherwise connected with.
• Trustees must declare any employment, commercial, financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence their performance of official duties, and must ensure any potential conflict of interest is made known at the earliest possible opportunity.
• Except where legally authorised and confirmed in writing, Trustees must not gain financial or other material benefit for themselves, their families or their friends from their Trusteeship of the charity.
• Trustees must fulfil the responsibilities set out in the Job Description above, and comply with the terms in their contract, including written policies on claiming expenses.
• Trustees should conduct themselves in a manner which does not damage or undermine the reputation of the charity, or its staff individually or collectively, and should not take part in any activity which is in conflict with the objects or which might damage the reputation of the NEF.
• Trustees must work together as a team, make decisions together and take joint responsibility for them.
• Trustees are expected to attend a minimum of four Board meetings a year, and are required to attend the Annual General Meeting. Meeting dates are circulated 12 months in advance and any conflict with other arrangements should be confirmed well in advance and not just prior to a meeting.
• Trustees must ensure they prepare for and contribute appropriately and effectively at meetings. They must respond promptly and fully to email and other requests for input, feedback or assistance, and ensure they can commit sufficient time to their duties.
• Trustees should bring a fair and open-minded view to all discussions of the Board and should ensure that all decisions are made in the best interests of the NEF and its charitable objectives.
• Confidential information or material (relating to funders, beneficiaries, staff, contracts etc) provided to, or discussed at a Trustees meeting, must remain confidential and within the confines of the Board and must not be discussed or disclosed outside the Board without the Board’s prior permission (save where required by law).
• Policies and strategies agreed by Trustees should be expressed in unambiguous and practical terms, so that the Chief Executive and NEF staff responsible for implementing those policies are clear what they need to do.
• Trustees must understand, accept and respect the difference in roles between the Trustees, the Chief Executive and NEF Mark staff, working effectively and cohesively for the benefit of the charity, and to develop a mutually supportive and loyal relationship.
Last updated: September 2023
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Are you a passionate leader? Do you like getting the most out of your team so that they can thrive? Do you care for our future youth and the access to opportunities that they have?
We are seeking an enthusiastic chair to lead 5 trustees with strong legal, governance and compliance over Youth Link Network's project delivery for a 1 year maternity cover position commencing March 2024. The charity board at Youth Link Networks meet 4 times a year and occasionally may meet for urgent additonal meetings to meet the needs of the charity. As a minimum, the chair will be expected to arrange, attend, lead and follow up actions on the annual 4 meetings.
Duties of the chair include the following:
· Providing leadership to the organisation and the board by ensuring that everyone remains focused on the delivery of the organisation’s charitable purposes in order to provide greater public benefit
· Chairing and facilitating board meetings with the Company Secretary
· Giving direction to board policy-making
· Quarterly One to one review meetings with all trustees
· Follow up on actions taken at meetings to ensure they are implemented
· Representing the organisation at functions/meetings, and acting as a spokesperson as appropriate
· Bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision-making
· With the chief executive:
· Planning the annual cycle of board meetings and other general meetings where required, for example annual general meeting
· Setting agendas for board and other general meetings with the Company Secretary
· Developing the board of trustees including induction, training, appraisal and succession planning
· Addressing conflict within the board and within the organisation, and liaising with the chief executive to achieve this
· Where staff are employed:
· Liaising with the chief executive to keep an overview of the organisation’s affairs and to provide support as appropriate
· Leading the process of supporting and appraising the performance of the chief executive
· Sitting on appointment and disciplinary panels
· The vice-chair acts for the chair when the chair is not available and undertakes assignments at the request of the chair
· Leadership skills
· Experience of committee work
· Tact and diplomacy
· Good communication and interpersonal skills
· Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences.
In most circumstances, it would also be desirable for the chair/vice-chair to have knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation and a wider involvement with the voluntary sector and other networks.
Youth Link Networks is a grassroots charity with a committed board working collabroatively to bring valuable resources and income into the charity so that it becomes more progressive and is able to change lives as always aspired to. We are seeking a leader who can committ 15 hours a month to Youth Link Network's responsbilities so that the charity's goals come into fuition.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
Our client, a charitable organisation responsible for leading the development of grassroots football within Surrey, is seeking a dedicated person to fill the role of Chair of the Board of Trustees. This is a fantastic opportunity to steer a board of directors in a well-established organisation dedicated to the growth and development of football in Surrey.
- This is a voluntary role with relevant expenses to be paid in line with the organisations current Expense Policy
- Opportunity to drive and influence the strategic direction of the organisation
- Active participation in the management of the organisations affairs
As the Chair of the Board of Trustees, you will:
- Steer the Board of Directors, ensuring effective governance of the organisation
- Act as an ambassador for the organisation, upholding the highest standards of integrity and governance
- Direct and monitor their business affairs, formulating the vision, strategy, plans, policies, and investment required to achieve long-term goals
- Support senior management in embedding culture, safeguarding, diversity and inclusion throughout the organisation
- Hold the Board to account for the performance of the Association
- Form a relationship with the CEO, providing support and acting as a sounding board on all financial matters
The ideal candidate will have:
- A background working as a Director, Trustee or member of a strategic committee in a charity, commercial or public sector context
- Excellent meeting chairing skills
- Strategic influence and management skills
- Decision-making skills. The appropriate use of knowledge and experience to make informed decisions to the benefit of the organisation
- Excellent interpersonal skills. The ability to form strong, productive relationships both internally and externally to the benefit of the association
- Knowledge and understanding of the responsibilities of a Board Director and the Companies Act (2006)
- An understanding of and a commitment to equality in action
- Interest in grassroots sport and knowledge & understanding of not-for-profit organisations
- Ability to travel around the region or nationally as required
They are a forward-thinking, progressive organisation dedicated to developing football in Surrey. They are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and creating an inclusive environment for all members. As part of their team, you will play a crucial role in driving their vision and ensuring they meet their commitments to their members.
Application Process and Closing Dates:
The closing date for applications is Monday 18th December 2023 at 12pm and the deadline for submission of the work-related questions is Wednesday 20th December 2023 at 12pm.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview with the selection panel on Thursday 11th January 2024.
Further dates may be added or additional round of interviews, if required. Successful candidates will be notified by w/c 15th January 2024.
To apply for this role, you will need to first register your interest by submitting your CV. Your CV will only be used for information purposes and will not be relevant in the application process. You will then be emailed a response containing a link needed to answer some work-related questions. Our goal is to assess your approach to a problem and better understand what knowledge and skills you have. Your answers will be anonymised, randomised and reviewed by a diverse panel.
We also think giving feedback is incredibly valuable for candidates, so at the end of the process, you'll see how well you performed during the application process.
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We are a London based charity working with LGBT+ young persons 13 - 25. We are looking for two trustees. One who could be our Safeguarding Lead and one who has lived experience of the trans community
Background to Mosaic LGBT+ Young Persons’ Trust
Mosaic’s vision is to build a proud, strong and cohesive LGBT+ community that is safe from abuse, free from prejudice, healthy and making a positive contribution to society.
For more than 20 years, we have supported, educated and inspired over 7500 young persons. We offer weekly Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon LGBT Youth Clubs – we offer two meetings because we cannot cover all those who wish to attend in one meeting. Each session attracts 20 – 30 young LGBT+ persons, aged 13 – 19, from across London. Coined by our members as ‘Mosaic’, the Youth Club has been regularly referred to as being ‘home’ or ‘like family.’ We are supported by a dedicated team of LGBT+ volunteer staff role models who run workshops and forums on a range of matters from sexual health to Queer literature.
Mosaic has also developed ground-breaking services for the young LGBT+ community we serve, which are co-produced with our own members. As well as our Youth Clubs we have a range of other offerings:-
● Mentors going into schools and mentoring LGBT+ young persons who are not able to come to our regular Youth Club
● Our “Culture Club” which provides regular trips to LGBT+ cultural events in theatres, museums and other venues.
● Counselling for those who would benefit from professional counselling services offered by LGBT+ therapists
● College and University advice from educational specialists
● Opportunities for work experience being mentored in the workplace by LGBT+ employees
● A range of wellness offerings including mindfulness, yoga and drama therapy
● Summer camp and winter retreat provide opportunities to get away with a group other LGBT+ young persons
● Celebration events like Homoween, Pride Prom and Summer Garden Party.
Our new 18 – 25 years old service has just launched providing Mosaic services to those who wish to continue once they have left our offerings for those younger.
About the current board
Mosaic was originally part of Brent Council’s Youth Service. When that ended Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre was established as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation 1166676 in April 2016. The Charity renamed itself Mosaic LGBT+ Young Person’s Trust in April 2020. You can find out more about our trustees on our website.
All of our Trustee roles are voluntary and unpaid, though we do pay reasonable expenses. We appoint Trustees initially for one year, and then if things are going well for both parties we re-appoint for 3 years, and Trustees can serve a further term by agreement.
What we are looking for
We have spent several years developing a firm foundation, with strong finances and clear policies. We now want to grow our services and programmes even more.
We employ several staff. We also have a great group of volunteers who dedicate time to the Youth Clubs and the other activities. Our Trustees should be very keen to be involved. We want you to be passionate about improving the lives of LGBT+ young persons. We also want you to be able to commit time to getting involved in our Trustee Board, picking up some of the tasks from there and working on them between meetings. We would also expect you to want to attend the Youth Club or some of the special events we run at least a few times a year.
- We need a Trustee with experience of working with young persons who has the experience to be our safeguarding lead. It is a requirement that we have a lead safeguarding trustee.
- As we look at our Board, and compare it to the young persons who use our services, we do not have enough Trustees who are Trans. We are very keen to increase the number of Trans people on our Board.
We don’t need you to have been a Trustee before – we are committed to providing the training and support for anyone where this is their first Trustee role
How to apply
You will find the job descriptions for each role below. To apply please send us a CV along with a short email on why you wish to be a Trustee at Mosaic. The deadline for applications is 4th December 2023.
All trustee roles require the following:
As a member of Mosaic’s Trustee Board (the “Board”) you help provide overall direction and leadership for the organisation’s strategy, with accountability for the organisation: sound management; financial health and quality of programme delivery.
General responsibilities (common to all Trustees)
In carrying out the collective responsibilities of the Board, individual Trustees should:
· Be an active participant, making relevant skills, experience and knowledge available to the organisation. This includes sitting on the Board and one of the Board subcommittees, occasionally attending the Youth Club and any special events we are holding, and using personal networks to develop connections for the organisation
· Regularly attend Board meetings and prepare fully for those meetings including reading papers in advance, identifying key issues for discussion and providing advice and guidance on areas of expertise. Board meetings are held twice a quarter, in the evening. Preparation should generally take no more than an hour.
· Regularly attend the meetings of any subcommittee of which you are a member. Subcommittee meetings are held once or twice a quarter in the evening and preparation should generally take no more than an hour. It is expected you will join one subcommittee
· Have prior knowledge of, or take time to familiarise themselves with, best practices of Charity governance and operations including financial management. (We will provide guidance and training on this)
· Develop and maintain a sound and up-to-date knowledge of the organisation’s activities and any wider issues that affect its work
· Actively contribute towards the effectiveness of the Trustee Board, engaging in discussion, debate and voting in a considered and constructive way, participating in induction and training as required, and sharing ideas for how the Board can be improved
· Act in the best interests of Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre, including contributing to fundraising efforts, e.g. through personal contributions, introductions to potential supports and attending fundraising events
· Undertake an annual performance self-assessment, which will be reviewed in discussion with the Chair and Director of Services
· Act as brand ambassador when talking to other professionals raising profile and need for LGBT young persons’ services and placing Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre as a key provider of such services.
For the Trans Trustee role we are not looking for special skills. Just a willingness to get involved, a desire to help LGBT+ young persons, and a determination to share your perspective as a Trans person. If you have specific skills that are relevant then of course we will want to utilise those but we are not mandating any specific skill set as a requirement.
For the Safeguarding Lead trustee role
Responsibilities specific to this role
· To contribute to the Frontline subcommittee, which makes recommendations to the Board.
· To offer frontline, youth work and safeguarding expertise, ensuring the needs of LGBT+ young persons are always at the centre of what Mosaic does.
· To provide safeguarding guidance and support to staff, volunteers and the Board of Trustees
· To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate the following skills, qualities and experience:
· Knowledge and understanding of LGBT+ young people and the LGBT+ community.
· Experience of delivering frontline services to young persons.
· Trained in safeguarding vulnerable young people.
· Sound, independent judgment and strategic vision
· A willingness to speak their mind whilst doing so with tact and diplomacy.
· Confidence to take decisions for the good of the organisation.
· Confident public speaker with ability to inform and influence.
· Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the duties of a Trustee.
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