Abbeyfield St Albans Society Ltd
Abbeyfield is a charity for older people providing housing across the UK and internationally. It is our mission to enhance the quality of life for older people through high quality accommodation in a stimulating environment to maintain a socially active life.
The St Albans Society, formed in 1960, shares the ethos of The Abbeyfield Society, of which it is a member, and is responsible for the operation and viability of Grace Muriel House, a residential care home currently for thirty-six residents.
As Buildings Trustee this is an opportunity to bring your experience in surveying, civil or structural engineering, architecture or construction to the board of Abbeyfield St Albans Society
Trustee Role Purpose
- To agree and regularly monitor the Society’s strategic direction and ensure that it pursues it objectives in keeping with this.
- To actively contribute in giving firm strategic direction to the Society – setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets, evaluating performance against those targets.
- To make sound commercial decisions on the future of the Society which are aligned with market demand.
- With other Trustees, ensure that the organisation functions within the legal, charitable and financial requirements of a charitable organisation and strive to achieve best practice.
- To act in the interests of the Society and to adhere to the overall national Abbeyfield standards such as the Gold Star accreditation or equivalent.
- To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Society.
- To ensure the financial stability of the Society and the proper investment of funds.
- To create a professional staffing structure in each society which supports the business.
Responsibilities of the buildings trustee
- To provide strategic oversight of the proposed extension project.
- To ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the infrastructure of the home by advising on general maintenance, helping in the procurement of contractors & services and providing professional advice.
What are we looking for?
- A commitment to the aims and objectives of the Society and to promoting it in the interests of residents.
- A background in surveying, civil or structural engineering, architecture or a senior role in a construction company such as Contracts Manager/Director.
- Experience of maintenance in a domestic and basic building setting.
- A willingness to give some time and effort.
- Strategic vision and good, independent judgement.
- An ability to think creatively.
- An understanding of legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
- An ability to work effectively as a team, contributing an independent perspective.
- Possess integrity, objectivity, accountability, honesty and leadership.
What's in it for the volunteer?
Volunteers at all levels are vital in helping us provide support, care and friendship for our residents and you will be joining a team of people who truly care about providing a great quality of life for older people.
8/9 Board meetings per year plus the AGM.
Availability to give advice to the senior management team is appreciated, as well as site visits where needed.
The 2020 meetings are scheduled as follows: 13 January, 24 February, 6 April, 11 May, 15 June, 17 August, 21 September, 26 October & 30 November & AGM on 16 March.
How to apply
Applications should be made via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. Please send a CV and cover letter stating why you are interested in applying for the role, how your skills and experience match the person specification, how you can add value to the committee and any other relevant information.