London, Greater London
Voluntary, 5-10 hours a month
Job description


The Trustees (or 'Board members') are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the appropriate legal and regulatory guidelines.  The Board acts as a group and not as individuals. 

As a Trustee, you will be a key member of the Board, which has responsibility for: 

  • ensuring the Charity acts in accordance with its charitable purpose and is providing public benefit and meets its legal obligations; 

  • acting in the best interests of the charity, exercising the same standard of care that a prudent person would apply if looking after the affairs of someone for whom they have responsibility; 

  • setting the ethos and long term strategy for Respond; 

  • overseeing major financial and resourcing decisions (operations, budget, property, workforce and tenders); 

  • reviewing overall performance, quality and impact;  

  • appointing the CEO and Trustees. 

Who we’re looking for -  

Following a recent skills audit within the current Board, and in response to recent departures or succession planning, the Board are seeking five new trustees with the following skills or experiences;  

  • Lived experience of learning disability and/or autism (2 new members) The Board wants to ensure that the charity's 'beneficiaries' are represented in its governance. Expenses will be paid so that the trustees with learning disabilities and/or autism are supported to effectively carry out their duties as trustees. How the Board carries out meetings will also be reviewed in order to support any adjustments requested by new trustees with learning disabilities and/or autism. (Please refer to a separate document if you or someone you know with lived experience may be interested) 

  • Financial training - This person will have a financial qualification and will take an active role in enabling the Board to ensure the sound financial health of the charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability. This trustee will improve the quality of financial reporting to the Board and will suggest ways in which to develop financial knowledge of staff. This trustee will be a member of the Finance Committee and should be prepared in future to become the charity's treasurer.  

  • Compliance - This person will likely be a solicitor who take the lead on behalf of the Board in ensuring compliance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association, the Charity Commission and Companies House. In addition, the trustee will ensure the charity complies with its obligations under data protection, health and safety, employment law, fundraising law as well as contractual arrangements with NHS and other bodies.  

  • HR  - This person will have extensive experience in working in HR roles, preferably in the voluntary sector. This person will help review and strengthen Respond’s HR policies, lead the people resources subcommittee and guide the Leadership team in dealing with complex HR issues. 

Please apply by email by Monday 22nd November 2021 5pm.  Interviews are due to take place in the week beginning Monday 6th December 2021 either over Zoom or in person with appointments made soon after.   

Additional documents
Job and Person Spec (.docx)
Easy Read Job and Person Specification (.docx)
More about Respond

Respond is a national charity committed to bringing about positive change to enable people with learning disabilities, autism or both who ... Read more

Posted on: 25 October 2021
Closing date: 23 January 2022
Tags: Finance, Human Resources

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