Chairs & Trustee Jobs
All registered not for profit organisations will have a Board of Trustees made up of volunteers who are appointed to bring specialist skills to the organisation. It is unusual for charities to remunerate their Trustees outside of expenses although most Articles of Association will directly deal with the possibility. The amount of time a Chair or Trustee role takes up each month varies – it is normal to give about two days a month made up of meetings, dealing with emails, and preparatory reading, although it can be as little as one day a quarter or as much as one day a week.
TPP, as experts in charity governance, actively recruits for Trustee vacancies. We offer a free advertising service on the TPP website on other selected online job boards for all voluntary roles including Trusteeships. We also offer a charged-for service of varying levels of proactivity, tailored to suit all budgets. .
Responsibilities & duties for Chairs & Trustees
Together, the Chair and Board of Trustees are responsible for the welfare and strategic direction of their organisation; despite being a voluntary role in the vast majority of cases, it carries a large amount of responsibility. A Chair will be responsible for the overall governance of the non-executive board, leading and managing the board, and annual general meetings and committee meetings for the organisation. They will be expected to work closely with the Chief Executive to ensure the annual and strategic plans are delivered.
Responsibilities & duties for a Trustee
A person may be selected to be a Trustee for a number of reasons. In many charities and not for profit organisations, there will be Trustees with specialism in a single operational area that will be tasked with advising and assisting the board on strategy and best practice over this area. Other Trustees may be an expert in the field that the organisation operates in or a closely related field. The most common type of non-executive board combines a mix of skills from their Trustees and they will recruit people to fill specific gaps in the Board’s knowledge.
Skills required for Chairs & Trustees
Chairs and Trustees must fulfil certain legal requirements to qualify as a Director of a company and have an understanding and commitment to the organisations vision, objectives and mission. They must appreciate the responsibility of not for profit governance, which can involve making difficult decisions on behalf of the beneficiaries. Chairs and Trustees must work effectively as part of a team and think analytically and strategically. It is currently not legal for a charity non-executive to be paid for trustee services, and therefore in the majority of circumstances they must be willing to commit to this responsibility on a voluntary basis – the work is its own reward.
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