Background: Chester Link is a registered charity, originally set up by parents to provide high quality care, accommodation and support services for adults with learning disabilities.
We are looking for several Trustees to strengthen Board capability and help take the charity forward and further develop services.
Of particular interest are individuals with at experience in at least one of: Finance, HR, Legal, Property Management, Commissioning and / or Learning Disabilities.
Type of activity that the trustee would be doing:
Committee Work, Review and input to policies, business plans, budgets etc.
Specifically for Finance experienced Trustee: Support for annual budget process, periodic financial reviews and scrutiny of management accounts
Skills, experience and qualifications required:
Ideally a person who has had some experience of working at Board level or who has a good understanding of the governance and legal requirements of running a Charity or Ltd company.
In addition we are specifically looking for one Trustee with a Finance Background (ideally ACCA, CIMA, AAT, ACA or CIPFA qualified) and someone with a background in at least one of HR / Legal / Commissioning / Learning Disabilities.
Basic PC skills are required as all documents are sent by email mainly using Word, Excel, PowerPoint
The Statutory duties of a Trustee are:
- To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document (i.e. its trust deed, constitution or memorandum and articles of association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
- To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
- To ensure that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance 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 in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
- To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
- To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
- To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
- To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
- If the charity employ’s staff, to support the appointment of the chief executive officer and monitor his/her performance.
- In addition to the above statutory duties, Trustees will be expected to use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives or leading specific projects.
Trustee person specification
- A commitment to the organisation
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
- Strategic vision
- Good, independent judgement
- An ability to think creatively
- A willingness to speak their mind
- An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
- Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership