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Workaid (getting people into employment) seeks new Trustee – law skills welcomed

Workaid (getting people into employment) seeks new Trustee – law skills welcomed

Closing Date
12 May 2021
Time Commitment
4 board meetings a year

The Trustees provide Workaid’s strategic direction and monitor operational performance against the charity’s agreed strategic plan.

Approximately four two-hour Trustee meetings per year with additional meetings and time commitments being required from time to time. This will include oversight of the Statutory Accounts preparation and subsequent AGM.

Statutory Duties:

  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • To ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees role in giving strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance of the CEO 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 ensure adequate comprehensive insurance is in place to cover all the organisation’s potential liabilities and risks
  • To appoint the CEO and monitor his/her performance

Other Trustee Responsibilities:

In addition to the above statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help Workaid’s Board of Trustees reach sound decisions and ensure the organisation fulfils its objects. This will involve:

  • Attending Board and other Workaid meetings as appropriate
  • Participating in the HR Committee if required
  • Scrutinising Board papers and other communications
  • Leading discussions and providing guidance on new initiatives, particularly in areas where the Trustee has specific skills, knowledge or expertise
  • Abiding by Workaid’s policy and procedures including safeguarding and Equal Opportunities, ensuring these are effectively implemented
  • Acting as a bank signatory on behalf of Workaid when mandated by the Board to do so
  • Participate in activities to promote Workaid to our supporters, customers and the wider public
  • Contribute on other issues and areas of special expertise


What are we looking for?

A Trustee will need to share the aims and values of Workaid, particularly that of helping young people in Africa to become self-supporting by learning vocational skills. In addition, a Trustee will need to commit to the value of the volunteer workforce who are integral to meeting our aims and objectives.

  • An understanding of social justice issues affecting people in Africa and a commitment to addressing these issues
  • Able to commit time to this role
  • Experience of governance is desirable
  • Ability to work as part of a team

More specifically, knowledge of at least one of the skills shown below will be required to provide input and support of our small operational team.

  • Strategic Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Accounting
  • HR
  • International development within the African context
  • Legal
  • Property Management
  • Volunteering

The Trustees will not only support both volunteers and staff based in Chesham, but will bring experience and knowledge that will help Workaid continue its growth and outreach so that more training can be achieved in our targeted countries in Africa.

WorkMany projects which have benefited with tools report that they have enabled people to gain skills and become self-supporting. This has enabled a level of financial self sufficiency to be achieved, taken the poorest out of poverty and making it possible for their children to attend school.

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