Co-opted Board Member with business / financial acumen

London (Greater)
Unpaid Voluntary Role (reasonable expenses reimbursed)
11 Apr 2014
11 May 2014
Job Level
Contract Type

About Relate

RELATE is the UK’s award winning and largest provider of relationship support, helping over a million people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to strengthen their relationships. The organisation has been providing over 75 years of relationship support experience and is dedicated to help individuals get most out of their relationships, no matter how big or small.

The organisation’s vision is a future in which healthy relationships are actively promoted as a heart of a thriving society.

Their key mission is to develop and support healthy relationships by:

  • Helping couples, families and individuals to make relationships work better.
  • Delivering inclusive, high-quality services that are relevant at every stage of life.
  • Helping both the public and policymakers to improve their understanding of relationships and what makes them flourish.

Role Description

Relate’s National Office is seeking a Co-option with a focus on Business and commercial operations. Relate needs to consider new opportunities, new business models, and new income generation proposals. A person with appropriate skills and experience will help Relate look beyond its current structures and constraints, and continue to develop new ideas and approaches.

Relate is seeking a co-opted Board Member with Business Acumen and Experience of working with large scale business opportunities who will work with the Board and especially the Honorary Treasurer as Relate develops its overall strategy and planning. The Co-opted Board Member will also be expected to serve on the Finance and Audit Committee where the detailed scrutiny of financial plans and monitoring of financial policies takes place.

The Co-opted Board Member will be working with a Board of Trustees that has a wide range of experiences and skills, supported by a senior staff team that is highly motivated and ambitious. The Co-opted Board Member will be joining Relate at a period of significant change and a Board of Trustees that has been asked by the member Centres to show strong leadership.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • To actively seek to further the strategic objectives of the organisation and to act in its best interests at all times;
  • To actively contribute to setting policy and strategic direction;
  • To sit on committees and working groups as required;
  • To provide advice and guidance in subject areas where the Trustee has particular expertise to the Board and Chief Executive where appropriate;
  • To regularly attend, prepare for and take a full part in meetings;
  • To follow the Relate Trustee code of conduct;
  • To maintain the fiduciary duty invested in the position, undertaking such duties in  a way that adds to public confidence and trust in the charity;
  • To disclose any potential conflict of interest;
  • To maintain confidentiality about any sensitive/confidential information received in the course of duties as a trustee.
  • To undergo an induction upon appointment and ongoing training to remain alert to, and aware of, their duties and responsibilities, and of the environment in which they operate.
  • To maintain good communications and working relationships with the other Trustees and to abide by and support the collective decisions made by the Board, explaining implications of them where necessary and be willing to listen to and communicate concerns and opinions expressed by centres;
  • To act as an ambassador for Relate;
  • To maintain good communications and working relationships with Relate Centres.

Person Specification

  • Experience of leading, directing or managing commercial organisations and operations
  • Business and financial acumen: planning, monitoring and evaluating large scale business opportunities

Time Commitment

The term of office for a Co-opted Board Member is three years.

  • There are four Board Meetings each year in March, June, September and November/December. With one meeting over two days with overnight accommodation. The other Board Meetings are one day meetings usually in London.
  • The Co-opted Board Member will be expected to serve on the Finance & Audit Committee, which meets at least three times a year usually at Relate's London Office.
  • All Board Members are expected to attend part or all of the Annual Conference which is a two day residential gathering in November which includes within it the Annual General Meeting.
  • There are other opportunities for the Co-opted Board Member to meet with Trustees and Chief Executives of Relate Centres

How to Apply

Reach Skills TrusteeWorks operates on behalf of RELATE NATIONAL OFFICE and therefore interested applicants (those based within the United Kingdom only) are requested to email their most up-to-date CV and cover letter to explaining their interest in the organisation and their suitability to the role. Please note that the trustee position is voluntary and not remunerated. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

If you would like further information on the role and organisation, please don’t hesitate to request a candidate pack from Reach.