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Trustee - RedbridgeCVS

Closing date: 31 March 2019


RedbridgeCVS exists to promote, support and develop a strong, effective and independent voluntary and community sector in Redbridge in order to improve the quality of life for individuals, groups and communities. This requires us to work actively towards combating the poverty and disadvantage that exclude or constrain the opportunities of many individuals, groups and communities from full participation in civil society.

We recognise the richness and creativity of a diverse society. We are committed to ensuring that no individual, group or community is disadvantaged or excluded from playing an active part in society because of their race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexuality, religion, age, class or geographical location.

We also recognise that inequalities exist based on the above factors and we will therefore actively work with individuals, groups or communities whose full participation in society is limited by economic, political and social disadvantage.
Our policies and practices stem from the following set of values:

  • We believe in equality of opportunity and social justice for all;
  • We believe in the right of individuals to work collectively to participate in decision making and local action;
  • We believe in the importance of building the capacity of local voluntary and community groups in order that they are democratic and accountable;
  • We believe the voluntary and community sector must always be at the heart of community development and regeneration.

RedbridgeCVS is committed to delivering services within an honest, open and welcoming environment where all service users, partners, staff and funders are treated with respect.

In doing so we embrace:

  • Equality and diversity
  • Quality
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Sharing
  • Continuous improvement


Role description: 

Main tasks and responsibilities

The duties of the Board of Trustees are:

  • To ensure that the charity complies with  constitutional, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure that the charity pursues its charitable objects as defined in its’ Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • To ensure that the charity 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 management committee in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against all agreed targets
  • To safeguard the good name and value of the charity
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity
  • To ensure the financial stability of the charity
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds
  • To appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor his/her performance

In addition to the above statutory duties of the Board of Trustees, each member should use any specific knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This will involve:

  • Scrutinising board papers
  • Leading discussions
  • Focusing on key issues
  • Providing advice and guidance requested by the board on any new initiatives, or other issues relevant to the area of the charity’s work in which the trustee has special expertise

All trustees will have to sign a Declaration of Acceptance and willingness to act in the trust of the charity; this means that they are legally bound and personally liable.

Experience, skills and attributes needed

Each trustee must have:

  • A commitment to the charity
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Integrity
  • 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

Following a review of our work programme and a skills’ audit of the current trustees, the Board are specifically seeking individuals who have skills and expertise in:

  • Facilities and estates - procurement and management
  • Legal expertise, particularly relating to commercial leases
  • Marketing and social media

We particularly welcome nominations from women, young people and members of black and minority ethnic groups. The minimum age requirement for this role is 18+

Other information: 

Application process: Informal discussion, application form

Selection process: Application form, interview.

Disabled access: Yes.

Support and training provided: Yes

Induction provided: Yes

References required: Two professional references.

Two hours every two months to attend Board meetings. The meetings alternate between morning and evening. If asked to become a member of RCVS Board sub-committees this would require attendance at additional meetings held every 2 months. Attendance at an annual away day. You should also allow additional time for reading papers and preparing any comments on them and to responding to requests for comments/approvals to items in between meetings.
Expenses: Travel only

Type of activity: 

London Borough of RedbridgeNHS Redbridge Clinical Commissioing GroupLondon CouncilsMayor of LondonEuropean Social FundSkills Funding Agency  Big Lottery