BCKR works with lawyers to help them navigate, in a time efficient manner, the relatively unknown world of identifying and securing non-executive roles. Through regular live webinars, we highlight the obstacles often faced by lawyers when presenting themselves outside of the context of their legal role and show how they can be overcome by offering a greater understanding of three things:
- What exactly they can do – our website and weekly email alerts provide notice of pre-screened positions in the charity, not-for-profit and government sectors which should be compatible alongside full time legal roles. An example of one of our most recent roles posted to our website can be found at the end of the page. Amongst the inspiring speaker events that BCKR offers, NEDs from different sectors, often former lawyers, discuss the real roles they hold and how they came to get them.
- How to go about it – some BCKR events offer informed guidance on the application and appointment process and how to come across as more than a lawyer when required. They cover for instance, CV style, who they will be up against, what skills they will need to demonstrate and importantly, how to network for themselves rather than for their firm or employer.
- Who they need to meet – BCKR will give its members the knowhow and confidence to build a portfolio network. As well as specific advice on how to build up new networks, BCKR offers members regular opportunities to meet practicing and retired lawyers who have found NED roles, headhunters who specialise in trustee and board appointments and sympathetic chairmen, senior NEDs and trustees.
We email our members a weekly list of publicly advertised roles for non-executive directors and trustees, most of which are compatible with a full-time role. An example of a recent posting can found below.
Our core offering is available for individual lawyers or through corporate membership, for all partners at a firm or senior lawyers in an organisation.
The role of the Legal Specialist Trustee will support to monitor the legal administration of the charity and report to the board of trustees at regular intervals in compliance with the governing document and legal requirements. You will be leading in the board’s duty to ensure that proper records are kept, in line with good governance, legal and regulatory requirements.
We would ideally like to enhance our Trustee Board with legal expertise from either a barrister or a solicitor.
Remuneration: This is an unpaid role, reasonable out of pocket expenses will be covered.
Duration: Trustees stand for terms of three years, with the chance to be re-elected for a further one consecutive term of three years.
Location: Anywhere in the UK
What is The PressPad Charitable Foundation?
The PressPad Charitable Foundation is an organisation founded in 2021 to improve social mobility in the media.
We created this organisation to work alongside, and not in place of, the pre-existing social enterprise PressPad Ltd founded by Olivia Crellin in 2018.
It was following great interest from multiple donors that we decided to create a hybrid structure with clear governance, oversight and transparency in both organisations to best carry out our mission and purpose. The foundation will allow charitable activities carried out by the social enterprise previously (including PressPad Remote) to be funded for by grants and donations, and overseen by a board of trustees.
The existence of the charitable foundation will also better enable us to pass on funding to smaller and more niche organisations whose missions align with ours in order to strengthen and raise up other organisations to join a coalition of projects working in this space.
Legal Specialist Trustee of The PressPad Charitable Foundation
In addition to the general responsibilities of a trustee, duties of the legal specialist trustee are as follows.
- Support the organisation to assess areas of legal risk.
- Work with the organisation and its staff to develop risk management strategies in relation to legal compliance
- To provide training to other Board of Trustee members in relevant areas.
- To review and provide guidance on contracts and service agreements.
- To review and set organisational policies in relevant areas.
- Sitting on appraisal, recruitment and disciplinary panels as required
- A commitment to the organisation and understanding of The PressPad Charitable Foundation operating environment
- In possession of a relevant legal qualification
- Experience of providing legal support and advice (to a charity would be desirable but not essential)
- Ability to develop and review policy documents
- Ability to develop and review contractual documents
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
- A willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis: as a small charity, we would benefit from support in between meetings with assistance on any contracts the charity has to sign or other legal input.
- 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
- A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
- A commitment to diversity and inclusion in all its forms
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