Unpaid role, expenses paid
Voluntary, 10 Board and Committee meetings annually
Actively Interviewing
Job description

The Kids Network is a community of children and young professionals connecting through fun, friendship and hardship for positive social change.   We believe every child deserves the right to a happy childhood and a positive future. Our mentors help make that happen.    

The Kids Network values fun, diversity, and commitment – this is the culture we want embedded throughout the organisation. If you are passionate about connecting for change and share our vision, we want to hear from you.    

We are looking for a new People and Culture Trustee with strategic people experience to support the board on DE&I, Wellbeing, and effective people practices.   

Our trustees play a vital role in making sure that The Kids Network achieves its core purpose. They ensure that the Charity has a clear strategy and that our work and goals are in line with our vision. Just as importantly, they support and govern the executive team to enable The Kids Network to grow and thrive, and through this, support children to live the lives that they deserve.  

Specific Responsibilities   

  • To work closely with the Senior Team to create and implement a People strategy  

  • To have oversight of the process of delivering the bi-annual staff survey to ensure it is administered fairly and can be completed anonymously.  

  • To meet with the Operations Manager and Founder to discuss the results of the annual survey and, if necessary, what action should be taken to address any concerns raised  

  • To demonstrate an understanding of the importance of a mentally well workplace and help to create, then annually review TKN’s wellbeing strategy  

  • To support TKN in developing into a trauma informed organisation, with an understanding of the different effects of trauma on individuals   

  • Help support the Charity in is commitment to DE&I, sharing good practice to promote inclusion within the team and externally communicate our commitment   

  • To meet with the Operations Manager and Founder to annually review staff absence and turnover levels and identify any reoccurring problems raised in staff exit interviews.   

  • To champion the wellbeing of TKN staff in policy and decision-making at board level.  

  • Annually review policies relating to people  

  • To sit on the People & Safeguarding subcommittee  

  Board members have a collective responsibility. This means that trustees always act as a group and not as individuals.   

  Core Trustee Responsibilities   

  • Support and provide advice on TKN’s purpose, vision, goals and activities.   

  • Approve operational strategies and policies and monitor and evaluate their implementation.  

  • Oversee TKN’s financial plans and budgets and monitor and evaluate progress.   

  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.  

  • Ensure that key risks are being identified, monitored, and controlled effectively.  

  • Review and approve TKN’s financial statements.  

  • Provide support and challenge to TKN’s CEO in the exercise of their delegated authority and affairs.  

  • Keep abreast of changes in TKN’s operating environment.  

  • Contribute to regular reviews of TKN’s own governance. Attend Board meetings, adequately prepared to contribute to discussions.  

  • Use independent judgment, acting legally and in good faith to promote and protect TKN’s interests, to the exclusion of their own personal and/or any third-party interests.  

  • Contribute to the broader promotion of TKN’s objects, aims and reputation by applying your skills, expertise, knowledge, and contacts.  

  Terms of appointment  

  • This is a voluntary position, but reasonable expenses are reimbursed.  

  • Trustees should serve a minimum of one term, lasting 2 years   

  Time commitment  

  • Attending 5 Board meetings annually. Currently meetings are held remotely  

  • Attending 1 offsite strategy day  

  • Ad hoc and occasional support through working groups and / or support to the executive team  

  As a small charity, there will be times when the trustees will need to be actively involved beyond Board meetings. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, presenting externally, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.   

The Kids Network is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to apply for an enhanced DBS check.    
We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups and candidates who have had lived experiences to apply for this role as we continue to build our culture of inclusion and representation within our organisation.   

Application Instructions

The closing date for applications is rolling. To apply please attach your CV and a cover letter, no longer than two pages.

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Refreshed on: 01 May 2022
Closing date: 31 May 2022 at 23:59
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