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Job description

Trustee with premises-management experience for Queen Victoria Institute Fund

Do you have experience and understanding of what’s needed to manage premises, maybe via building surveying, design or similar?
Can you contribute at a strategic level to our charity’s Board of trustees, helping our future?


About us

QVI are a charity (the Queen Victoria Institute Fund, originally established in 1897 as a district nursing association) now providing professional foot health services for people over 60 or those unable to manage their own foot care due to disability or a medical condition. Our services relieve foot pain and discomfort and keep people mobile.

Our premises in central Reading are older too: a converted end of terrace house, with our clinic on the ground and a tenanted flat above, the income from which helps to keep us going.


The role

Primarily to act as a trustee to the charity, along 8 other trustees. Each trustee tends to focus on one aspect of our work, and we need good strategic advice on maintaining and improving the charity’s building. However, it is possible for trustees to exchange lead roles, so commitment to the overall objectives of the charity is more important than an interest in building management.

We are looking for a new trustee to help us to plan ahead, schedule internal and external repairs and improvements and advise on health and safety. In particular, experience of dealing with contractors and tradespeople would be very welcome.

We really want to expand the diversity of our Board, in all aspects. We are a charity not a business, but we want you to help us apply good business principles in governing our organisation. We welcome trustees from a variety of backgrounds.

The focus of a trustee role is strategic and you are not required to be involved in the organisation’s operations on a day-to-day basis, although you’ll need to communicate with other trustees and with those maintaining and improving our building.

The Board meets approximately six times a year, so we ask for an average of four hours per month including all meetings, correspondence, communication, visits to the premises, etc. This is a voluntary role and small out of pocket expenses may be claimed.

Full introduction and induction to our charity is provided, plus specialist support as a trustee, including access to external training. You do not need prior experience of charity trusteeship, as support from other trustees and from external charity-support organisations is available.


What do you get as a volunteer trustee with our organisation?

  • An opportunity to make use of your skills in premises-management and associated fields, possibly in a different environment or context
  • A chance to extend your experience of charities
  • A chance to implement strategic change for the organisation
  • An opportunity to work alongside other committed trustees
  • The personal reward of giving back to the community
  • High-quality induction training from us and other charity-supporting organisations


What do we get?

  • Your experience, expertise and skills in premises-management and maintenance
  • Your abilities to help our Board and charity grow in line with our strategic plans
  • Enhancement to our overall governance and to the Board of Trustees
  • Your contribution to improvement in our operational growth
  • Your participation in our collective decision-making, contributing to all areas of our charity work
  • Your enthusiasm


What do our beneficiaries get?

  • A safe and well-maintained building
  • Continued income from letting which supports our charity’s work
  • The benefit from our foot care provision
  • A well-governed charity, sustainable for the future
  • A forward-looking and agile organisation, with a well-informed and well-managed Board of trustees


How to apply

Applications, including an informal, no-obligation discussion with our Chair, Deborah Jenkins, and a copy of the Role Description and Person Specification, can be managed via application through CharityJob

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Posted on: 08 April 2021
Closing date: 07 July 2021
Job ref: QVI001
Tags: Trustees, Housing Management
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