We are a dynamic and fast-paced organisation that really makes a difference to the lives of those living with the impact of abuse. Yellow Door is a registered charity working across Southampton and Western Hampshire in response to, and prevention of, domestic and sexual abuse. We offer free specialist services available to women, men, children, young people and families who have been affected by abuse, assault and/or violence at any point in their lives. Each year we engage with over 15000 individuals across our support services, including our educational outreach programme.
Our Trustees make a valuable contribution to our current work and future direction. Trustees play a vital role in influencing the strategic direction of the organisation, setting overall policy and defining goals.
We are looking to appoint a chair to join us. As the chair of trustees for Yellow Door you will be responsible for the oversight, direction, and strategy of the charity and in supporting the senior management team and ensuring appropriate accountability. You will be legally responsible for making sure that the charity is financially sound, complies with the law and is acting within the best public interest. The role requires:
- Leadership and strategic direction, including the development of Yellow Door’s Strategic Plan
- An understanding of and commitment to the ethos, values, aims and objectives of the organisation
- An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of Trusteeship
- An ability to nurture a positive culture on diversity, equalities, inclusion, risk management and health and safety through an understanding of diversity and a commitment to equalities, quality and accessibility of services
- Acting as the figurehead for Yellow Door
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the duties of a trustee
- Integrity and accountability
- Sound judgement
- An ability to think creatively
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
The chair will also be required to:
- Chair meetings and manage meetings of the Trustee Board
- Support and supervise the CEO.
- Support the Board of Trustees and ensure sub groups are functioning effectively.
- Take any urgent action between meetings, if necessary.
- Organise Board meetings and take urgent decisions between meetings, in discussion with the Chief Executive Officer and other trustees.
- Lead performance reviews for the Board.
- Lead on the development of the Board and ensure its decisions are implemented.
- Take urgent action (but not decision making unless authorised) between board meetings when it isn’t possible or practical to hold a meeting.
- Present the Yellow Door Annual Report to the AGM, jointly with the Chief Executive Officer.
- Oversee the development of the Trustee Board so that any skills gaps and succession planning can be facilitated through the recruitment, mentoring and supporting new Trustees.
Skills and Experience
We want our Board of Trustees to reflect our local community, so we welcome applications from all different backgrounds and levels of experience. Key to the role is a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the duties of a chair; the ability to work effectively as part of a team and a commitment to the aim of supporting our client base.
For the chair we would be interested in applicants who have any relevant experience in the voluntary and community sector, particularly those with leadership experience.
- At least 2-3 hours for Board meetings which take place at least 4 times a year. All trustees are expected to contribute to a sub-group or task group appropriate to their experience and skills and as chair, you will be expected to do the same. This will also require at least an extra 1-2 hours bi-monthly and associated administration/paperwork. Currently meetings are held by Zoom but in the future may be held at Yellow Door offices, Brookvale Rd, Southampton.
- The current sub-groups are: Finance; Human Resource, Strategy and Performance, Governance and Fundraising. There also specific task, project type, groups that can meet quite often in order to complete a time-limited task.
- Time dedicated to CEO line management which is as and when required as well as formal line management meetings.
- Organisation time for Board meetings.
Duties of a Yellow Door Trustee
- To safeguard the good name and values of the charity and act in accordance with the Yellow Door mission statement.
- To ensure that the charity pursues its charitable objects as defined in its governing document and complies with its governing document, charity law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
- To ensure the financial stability of the charity, protect and manage the property of the charity and ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity.
- To ensure that the charity applies its resources exclusively in furtherance of its objects, i.e. the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are.
- To contribute actively to the board of trustees' role of giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
- To appoint and support the Service Manager and monitor his/her performance.
- In addition to the above statutory duties of all trustees, each trustee should use any specific knowledge or experience he or she may have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This will involve scrutinising papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, and providing advice and guidance requested by the Board on new initiatives or other issues relevant to the area of the charity's work in which the trustee has special expertise.
Health & Safety
All volunteers have a duty and responsibility for their own health and safety and the health of safety of colleagues, clients, and the public. It is the responsibility of all volunteers to work with managers to achieve a healthy and safe environment, to take reasonable care of themselves and others and to adhere to YD Health and Safety policies and procedures.
All volunteers are required to be conscientious at all times with regard to our safeguarding responsibilities and to show commitment to promoting the welfare of all service users with a particular focus on the safety and wellbeing needs and rights of children and vulnerable adults.
Equality & Diversity
It is the responsibility of all volunteers to support YD’s vision of promoting a positive approach to diversity and equality of opportunity, to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage wherever possible in service delivery and employment and to pro-actively develop, support and comply with YD’s Equalities policies and procedures within the scope of their role.
Under provision of both the GDPR and Data Protection Act 1998 it is the responsibility of each volunteer to ensure that all information, held manually or on computerised systems, related to clients, staff or visitors to which s/he has access during the course of their volunteering is regarded as strictly confidential. As a volunteer you will have access to information that is sensitive to either an individual or to the organisation and you are reminded that in accordance with YD policies and procedures, the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and also the terms and conditions volunteer agreement, you have a duty to access, process and respect this information lawfully and in line with organisational protocols; failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
If you are passionate about ensuring there are quality services to support those whose lives have been touched by abuse and you feel you have the drive and skills to support our work, then please contact us for an application pack or with any other queries.
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