Unpaid role, expenses paid
Voluntary, 2-3 hours per week
Job description

Trustee Opportunities including Honorary Secretary

TreeSisters is looking for inspiring individuals to join our committed Board of Trustees with a genuine interest in TreeSisters, Reforestation, and Feminine Nature Based Leadership.

This involves maintaining an overview of the governance and smooth running of the Board at an exciting time of expansion and increasing global visibility for the charity. We are a UK registered charity with a global remit, currently seeking to expand and bring in additional skills. We are looking for several Trustees with a range of skills but particularly an Honorary Secretary*.

*The Honorary Secretary is an individual who will be responsible for the smooth running of administration relating to Board meetings and ideally have a strong understanding of Charity Law and Governance from previous charity experience. The role of the secretary is to support the chair by ensuring the board functions smoothly.

We expect Trustee roles to require 2-3 hours per week, plus quarterly Board meetings and occasional off-sites, however, there are lots of projects that new Trustees would be welcome to be part of should their availability allow.

Application process:
To apply for this post, please see our website (link attached) and follow the application instructions.

Who Are We?
TreeSisters is a UK registered social change and reforestation charity that places tropical restoration into everyone’s hands. Through individuals and businesses that give back to Nature every month, TreeSisters has so far funded the planting of over 20 million trees across 12 locations in Brazil, Borneo, Cameroon, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar, Nepal and West Papua.

Our Mission/Vision
Our vision is a world in which it is normal for everyone to protect and restore themselves and their world. Our mission is to rapidly accelerate tropical reforestation by inspiring and channelling women’s Nature-based feminine leadership into local and global action.  For further details, please see our website.  

Key responsibilities include:
General responsibilities of trustee
❏ The Trustees should manage the business of the charity and exercise the powers for the Charity in accordance with the Charity Commission.
❏ Trustees must comply with the requirements of the Charities Act 1993 with regard to statements of account to the charity and preparation and transmission of the Annual Report:

  • make sure the charity’s assets are only used to support or carry out its purposes
  • not take inappropriate risks with the charity’s assets or reputation
  • not over-commit the charity
  • take special care when investing or borrowing
  • comply with any restrictions on spending funds
  • Have an additional area of specialist knowledge that adds at least one new dimension to the Board eg

❏ Law
❏ ED&I (including lived experience)
❏ Reforestation, Greenwashing and climate change
❏ Other

The duties of the Honorary Secretary are as follows:
❏ Being the ‘guardian’ for good governance, drawing the Board’s attention at Board meetings and sub-committees to legal and other issues relating to governance that may arise.
❏ To advise when external legal or other expertise/advice is necessary.
❏ Preparing agendas in consultation with the chair and chief executive, and circulating them and any supporting papers in good time
❏ Making all the arrangements for meetings (booking the room, arranging for equipment and refreshments, organising facilities for those with special needs, etc)
❏ Receiving agenda items from other trustees/staff
❏ Checking that a quorum is present
❏ Taking minutes (or being responsible for them being taken) and circulating draft minutes to all trustees
❏ Ensuring that the minutes are signed by the chair once they have been approved
❏ Checking that trustees and staff have carried out actions agreed at a previous meeting
❏ Circulating agendas and minutes of the annual general meeting and any special or extraordinary general meetings (where required)

Person Specification
Applicants should have the following qualities:
❏ Organisational ability
❏ Commitment to the vision and objects of TS and everything that entails
❏ Ability to work through ambiguity
❏ Emotional intelligence
❏ Knowledge or experience of charity and committee procedures
❏ Minute-taking experience
❏ The role requires an understanding of the law relating to good governance and whilst it would be an undoubted advantage, we do not expect all candidates to be legally qualified.
❏ Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Legal and Organisational
By applying for the role, you will be affirming that you are not disqualified by law from acting as a trustee. Trustees are appointed for a term of 3 years and are then eligible for re-appointment.

In addition to Trustees’ legal duties, we ask all Trustees to:

  • Advocate for the work of TreeSisters, including in building relationships, networking and fundraising on our behalf; and
  • Share our vision and values

The board meets virtually for half day Board meetings quarterly with at least one face to face meeting per year. There is some sub-committee work which takes place on an ad hoc basis.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
TreeSisters believe that diverse boards strengthen society. We are enthusiastically committed to a long term, ongoing, organisation-wide journey of transforming systemic racism within our work. We invite applications from people who would like to both experience and play a part in this journey. We welcome applications from BIPOC. As an organisation, we have committed to playing our part in dismantling systemic racism and making our team and network as inclusive as possible.

TreeSisters values your perspective and experience regardless of sexual orientation, gender, religion, spiritual practise, belief system, physical ability, formal education and background. We are committed to equal opportunity employment and we want to hear from you if you feel inspired to apply to TreeSisters.

TreeSisters is an equal opportunity employer and registered UK Charity #1149961
TreeSisters Fifth Floor, Mariner House 62 Prince Street Bristol BS1 4QD United Kingdom

Refreshed on: 16 January 2022
Closing date: 02 March 2022
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