Carers Support Centre (Bristol) seeks new Trustee with legal experience
This is an exciting time to join our friendly Board as a Trustee. Carers Support Centre is an independent registered charity. We promote the rights and improve the quality of life of children and adult family carers.
What will you be doing?
We are looking to expand the number of trustees on our Board and are specifically looking for someone to join us who has expertise in Finance to fill the role of Treasurer. The Treasurer provides a key interface between trustees and management on finance issues, liaising with the Finance Manager and CEO and offering advice and guidance to the Board on financial planning and strategy.
The treasurer is expected to sit on the finance sub-committee which they will chair (the expectation is that each trustee joins at least one sub-committee). The time commitment is a minimum of 6 board meetings per year (lasting 1.5-2hrs each) and 4 finance sub-committees per year (lasting 1.5-2hrs each). Anyone wishing to join us who has other skills and would be interested in a general trustee role would be requested to offer the same time commitment, based around the Board meetings, but also a sub-committee of their choice.
Trustees are elected to serve for a three year period. Treasurer can serve for a maximum of period of 2 terms (i.e. 6 years). Currently we are working remotely, but the office base is in Bristol.
What are we looking for?
In addition to finance, we are always keen to hear from people who might expand the skills and experience of our body of trustees for the benefit of the organisation and carers we support, so if you have other skills do get in touch, especially if you have knowledge of the following:
- human resources
- previous work in the charity sector
- organisational development
- legal experience
- policy development
All Trustees must demonstrate:
1. A commitment to the organisation and its cause, demonstrating an understanding of the role of unpaid/family carers and the impact of this.
2. A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.
3. Strategic vision.
4. Good, independent judgment.
5. An ability to think creatively.
6. A willingness to speak their mind.
7. An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
8. An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
What difference will you make?
As a trustee, working with the Board of trustees, you will be expected to contribute actively to the Board in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against these targets. The Board ensures that the organisation complies with its governing document (its Articles of Association) and that it uses resources as set out in the governing document, for the benefit of family carers. You will contribute to this, using you skills and expertise as part of the overall Board contribution. This could involve leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, evaluation or other issues in which you as a trustee has special expertise. In addition, Cares Support Centre would benefit from your input in ensuring the financial stability of the organisation. At the heart of these functions of the Board of Trustees is the drive to provide quality services that meet the needs of adult and young carers.
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