Young Forced Migrant charity ‘Baca’ seeks new Trustee with property / social housing law expertise
Specialist Supported Accommodation and Training for Young Forced Migrants 16+
Baca’s vision is a world where forced migrants are welcomed, safe, and have hope to rebuild their lives for a better future.
Baca supports young forced migrants who arrive as unaccompanied asylum seekers including those that have been trafficked, to rebuild their lives, integrate into a community and use their experience positively.
We achieve this by providing a safe and empowering environment and through the use of a holistic and personalised approach.
4 Main meetings a year (evenings) and 1 full day. The member may also be linked to a sub-committee who meet prior to each main meeting. Additional time may be assigned to visit staff and the offices and for reading and additional research.
Genuine Occupational Requirement: Must strongly align with the charity’s Vision and Values
- To ensure the organisation complies with its governing document – sometimes known as a trust deed, constitution, or articles of association.
- To ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document.
- To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives – the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how ‘charitable’ and ‘worthwhile’ those activities are.
- To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance 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 protect and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the proper investment of the organisation’s funds.
- If the organisation employs staff, to appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor his or her performance.
With other trustees, to hold the charity ‘in trust’ for current and future beneficiaries by:
- Ensuring that the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these;
- Being responsible for the performance of the charity and for its “corporate” behaviour;
- Ensuring that the charity complies with all legal and regulatory requirements;
- Acting as guardians of the charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application;
- Ensuring that the charity’s governance is of the highest possible standard;
- Providing expert knowledge to the board in their specialist area;
- Where appropriate, challenging the chief executive and chair of trustees to ensure that the board as a whole works in partnership with executive staff
SCOPE AND LIMITS OF AUTHORITY
No individual trustee, including the Chair, has authority unless specifically acting on behalf of the Trustee Board or with delegated authority of the Board. Collectively trustees have authority; individually they do not.
The Baca Charity is currently looking for people with expertise in at least one of the following areas:
- Property/social housing law including an understanding of housing regulations and local property market/trends.
- Finance expertise, particularly in the areas of charity finance and loans.
- Community Engagement
- Development of opportunities to support vulnerable people towards employment / entrepreneurship.
- Safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
LEVEL OF COMMITMENT
All trustees are required to attend quarterly evening and 1 full day, Board meetings. Board meetings usually take place at the Baca main office, Loughborough, Leicestershire. As appropriate, meetings could also take place virtually.
In addition to reading papers and preparing for meetings/conference calls, Trustees may be called upon for specific advice if they have particular expertise in a given area.
According to their individual skills and experience, Trustees may also be invited to serve on Baca’s Finance or Staff & Young People Wellbeing Committees or on ad-hoc Working Groups. Committees meet quarterly, usually in advance of Board meetings.
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