Large Surgical Charity seeks new Trustee with legal experience
The Board of Trustees of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland is seeking a new non medical Trustee with legal experience to complement the existing Board of Trustees.
What will you be doing?
The current Trustee Board is mainly made up of clinicians and has a small number of lay trustees who provide wider expertise. We are all keen to recruit a person with a legal background to advise the Board on legal issues encountered by the ACPGBI. Current examples relate to issues of equality and diversity within the organisation as well as issues related to charity law.
Charity trustees share the ultimate responsibility for governing the charity and directing how it is managed and run, and they remain entirely independent of those involved in the day-to-day management of a charity.
The main remit of the Trustees are: –
- To provide robust governance to ensure that the Association is fulfilling its charitable aims.
- To receive and approve an annual statement of accounts ahead of its presentation at the AGM.
- To ensure a timely return to the Charities Commission.
- To review and agree the Association’s strategy and assist the Executive Committee of Council with its development.
- To formally approve recommendations from Council, ahead of their presentation at the AGM, for changes to the Constitution of the Association.
The role would involve scrutinising documents and commenting on the contents where needed. The Board meets roughly 4 times a year. Recently, these meeting have been by Zoom, which has proved very successful and an efficient way of conducting the business of the board.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for someone with wide experience within the private sector to complement the existing Trustees, most of whom have a background in the Public Sector. A legal background is necessary for this role and it would be very helpful if the person had experience of charity law as well as equal opportunities. As the Board of trustees conducts its work by e-mail and on-line meeting, the location of the person is not important and the Board will often hold meeting out of office hours to accommodate as many of the Board as possible. The time commitment required is not large, perhaps amounting on average to a couple of hours a month.
What difference will you make?
The Board currently lacks a member with a legal background. Having a person with such a background would be of benefit in providing an opinion on legal matters and advising the Association where issues would require professional legal input. In addition, the board would benefit from having alternative, non-medical opinions to balance the opinions of trustees with a medical background who are either current officers or past officers of the Association.
You would be joining a diverse group of trustees who work well together. You would gain experience of how a large professional association works and also insight into Colorectal Surgery in the United kingdom and Ireland. Your advice would be invaluable to the Board of trustees and the Association and help strengthen the organisation and help it maintain its position as one of the most important professional surgical bodies in the UK and Ireland.
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