We're looking for trustees!
We are a recently registered charity who help young people, particularly young women of
school age, who have experienced significant challenges in their lives. We encourage
them to explore their behaviours, attitudes and responses - and develop a growth mindset
that will enable them to overcome barriers and achieve whatever goals they set
Our programme, “This Is Me”, is based on three simple words: “encourage, enthuse and
empower” - we are committed to providing support and activities which develops their
skills, capacities and capabilities, enabling them to participate in society as mature and
responsible individuals. We aim to work with over 100 young people this year and 1,200 in
5 years’ time – an ambitious goal which requires people who share our same enthusiasm
and values to achieve this.
So, if you’re as passionate about this cause as we are, we’d love to hear from you!
To grow our charity, we need authentic, skilled and committed individuals to join our
developing Board. As a trustee, you will be jointly responsible for setting the overall
direction of the charity, ensuring that the charity operates in accordance with its statutory
duties and delivers its goals. We expect our trustees to contribute to discussions, focus
and direct on issues within their area of expertise and provide guidance on new initiatives.
We’d be particularly interested in hearing from candidates who have experience / possess
skills in HR, charity start-up, fundraising, safeguarding and education.
Our Trustee Duties
To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law,
and any other relevant legislation or regulations
To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing
To ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its
objects and aims
To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper
investment of the charity’s funds
To ensure the Board runs effectively by contributing to the establishment of the
organisation’s strategic direction and goals and the monitoring of strategic plans
Who We’re Looking For
The essential skills, experience and qualities expected from our trustees are outlined
Good communication/interpersonal and decision-making skills
Have well developed values
Understanding and acceptance of legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of
Demonstrate understanding, expertise and / or experience of the governance of an
Have a broad understanding of the charity sector
Strategic perspective and vision
Demonstrable experience in: goal setting, monitoring and performance evaluation,
team, committee or working groups
Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the role of trustee
Good independent judgment
An ability to think creatively
Ability to work collaboratively and constructively as a member of the Board
Our offices are based in Littlehampton
You will be provided with a trustee pack on appointment and are encouraged to
observe a “This Is Me” session as part of your induction (our programme is
currently being delivered in the West Sussex / South London area)
Board meetings are currently monthly and rotate between Crawley and Three
Bridges in West Sussex. Other locations / electronic methods can be considered
You will be required to commit up to 12 days a year (approximately 8 hours per
month), to attend board meetings, assurance committees, business planning
meetings, follow up on actions, attend training, review board papers and liaise with
the CEO on operational issues as necessary
Trustees will be expected to provide ad hoc practical support on operational
matters to support the CEO, particularly during this start-up phase
All trustees are required to attend at least 75% of board meetings annually
Candidates are required to submit a CV and personal statement demonstrating their
suitability and setting out how they meet the criteria for this role as stated above.
If your CV and personal statement demonstrate experience of essential criteria, you will
be invited to a face to face interview, likely to take place early May (date tbc).
Please submit your CV and a personal statement of no more than 500 words by 5pm on Monday
23 April 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org.