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Contract Type Volunteer
Location London
Job Published 09 Mar 2015
Contact Name Karen Hearn
Contact Email

Job Description - EXPIRED

The Who Cares? Trust is a voice and a champion for children in care and young care leavers. We believe that every child in care should receive the support, encouragement and opportunities they need to enjoy their life and to achieve.

We want to refresh and diversify our board with a number of new trustees and require a range of skills and experience to help us deliver on our mission.

We are looking for individuals who share our passion for improving the life-outcomes of young people who spend time in the care system and who can provide critical yet supportive scrutiny and challenge.  We are open to individuals from all backgrounds but positively encourage applications from people who are care-experienced themselves or involved with the care system (for example as a foster-carer or working with young people in care) and from black and ethnic minority groups.  We are also looking for people who bring particular expertise in charity finance, fundraising, commerce or grant-making as we always try to ensure that our board has a complementary and relevant skill mix (although if you do not have those areas of expertise this should not deter you from applying).

For more information about our work please visit our website :

Job Description

Time commitment: Four Board meetings per year, usually held at 3.30pm (travel expenses may be covered)

Location: London

Role description

The primary role of a charity trustee is to ensure that the charity fulfils its duty to its beneficiaries and delivers on its vision, mission and values.

  • To ensure the charity complies with its governing document - sometimes known as a constitution, articles of association or trust deed.
  • To ensure that the charity pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document.
  • To ensure the charity applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives - the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how 'charitable' and 'worthwhile' those activities are.
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees' role in giving strategic direction to the charity and evaluating organisational 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 organisation and to ensure the proper investment of the organisation's funds.
  • If the organisation employs staff, to appoint the Chief Executive and monitor his or her performance.


In addition with other trustees to hold the charity “in trust” for current and future beneficiaries by:


  • Ensuring that the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these.
  • Being responsible for the performance of the charity and for its “corporate” behaviour; ensuring that the charity complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Acting as guardians of the charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application.
  • Ensuring that the charity’s governance is of the highest possible standard.
  • As well as the various statutory duties, any trustee should make full use of any specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the board make good decisions.

The above list of duties is indicative only and not exhaustive. Trustees will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.

How to apply:

please send your CV and a supporting statement of up to 1000 words telling us why you would be an asset to our Trustee Board to by 31st March. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be held in April.

Ref: EXPIRED - LF041 | Published: 09th Mar 2015