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Trustee Job Description

ICYE UK is a youth-led organisation and we are now seeking to appoint four Trustees to join our enthusiastic and diverse Board of Trustees. As a Trustee, you will be responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and governance of ICYE UK.


Inter Cultural Youth Exchange UK (ICYE UK) is a non-government organisation set up in 1993 to promote inter-cultural understanding, peace and cooperation. We believe that local community action can have a global reach and positively affect the world we live in. ICYE UK is part of a federation of over 30 countries and promotes intercultural exchange and understanding as well as investing in young people through voluntary placements overseas, including social and environmental projects in a range of countries in South America, Africa and Asia. We also believe in the importance of reciprocal exchange and host roughly 50 international volunteers in the UK every year.


ICYE UK is also a membership charity whereby its AGM elects the Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and five additional Trustees on a two year cycle. Trustees may serve for up to four terms of two years each.


Successful applicants will need to be able to attend the AGM on the afternoon of Saturday 9th November 2019. 


Roles and Responsibilities

We are now seeking 2 motivated individuals with experience in the volunteering or charity sector to join our dynamic board. The successful applicants will take up one of two general trustee positions. These roles will have flexibility to manage and lead on key projects within the Board, depending on experience, interests and passions. 

We are also seeking a Chair and Vice-Chair. The Chair will oversee the strategic aims and plans of the charity, define goals, targets and evaluate performance against agreed targets. They will also create a strong working relationship with Trustees and the Office Manager. 

The Vice-Chair will support the Chair with the strategic plans of the charity and will step in to lead meetings when required. 


What are we looking for?

As a board, ICYE UK's shared aims are to act in all of the following capacities:

  •     Advisory: Providing free expert advice/management expertise.

  •     Regulatory: Ensuring probity and managing regulatory and financial risks

  •     Democratic: Contributing to the resolution of various stakeholder interests and accepting responsibility for the direction and strategy of ICYE

  •     Educational: Providing opportunities for debate, learning and sharing of expertise

  •     Participatory: Engage volunteers in the on-going development of the organisation- (as per ICYE mission)

  •     Networking: Being ambassadors, linking to contacts, shaping and influencing others

  •     Involving: Motivating skilled volunteers

  •     Visionary: Adding missionary zeal, bringing passion to the mission

  •     Leadership: Steering the organisation in the right direction, with an emphasis on embedded the ICYE vision, mission and values into the ICYE way of doing things

  •     Supportive: Supporting, valuing and rewarding the Office manager and Staff


The ideal Trustee will be able to support in acting out the above capacities in collaboration with the board. Knowledge and experience of governance and management within an international volunteering charity, or other governance and management experience that is applicable to the post and sector would be advantageous but training and development will be provided.

You will be committed and driven by ICYE UK's values and vision, and committed to understanding the importance of cultural exchange in education and personal development.


What difference will you make?

Trustees are essential to ensuring that ICYE UK continues to operate, sending and receiving volunteers who make a difference to local NGOs globally year-on-year. As a Trustee, you will lead on a strategic area and use your skills to direct a dynamic team who support volunteers from around the world every year. 


What's in it for you?

Trusteeship is a challenging and brilliant way to volunteer your time and skills to an organisation and to build upon your strengths. Through being on a board you learn big picture thinking, find creative solutions to problems and come to quick decisions. You will volunteer with passionate people from very different backgrounds and personalities and will contribute a small part to a much bigger whole, to support values of listening, co-operation and understanding. 

So much of the work done by volunteers across the UK enables individuals and communities to grow that no amount of money can pay for.


A few more details

As a member of the ICYE-UK Board of Trustees, you will be expected to attend nine meetings per year. This includes 6 board meetings in London that you can either attend in person or via Skype. There will also be 2 Staff/Trustee away days and an AGM each year, which you will be required to attend in person but these are organised to suit Trustee’s availability. 

To apply for this position, please send the following by 20th October 2019:

- CV

- Letter of Motivation 

Successful candidates will be invited to attend the AGM on the afternoon of Saturday 9th November and voted in through an election process by the membership.

Posted on: 26 September 2019
Closed date: 27 October 2019
Job ref: Trustee
Tags: Trustees, Governance

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