Trustee

Location
London (North), London (Greater)
Salary
£0.00 - Voluntary
Posted
31 May 2019
Closes
17 Jun 2019
Ref
J62364
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time

About VoiceAbility

Our mission is to support people to overcome barriers and change their lives by strengthening voices and supporting rights.

Our aims are to enable disabled, disadvantaged or socially excluded people to:

• Be heard and respected.
• Have the same choice, control, and freedom as any other person.
• Be safe from violence, discrimination, harm or abuse.

About the role

We are seeking new Trustees who have experience in either finance, digital transformation, or who have demonstrable commercial acumen. This is an exciting time to be joining VoiceAbility, as we launch the next phase of our development following the setting of a new strategy.

We are seeking up to three highly talented individuals. Commitment to VoiceAbility's aims, working collegiately with a diverse Board, and an understanding of the difference between governance and management are essential. In addition, we are especially keen to recruit people who bring at least one of the following:

  • Senior level finance experience: Strong financial skills and full accountancy qualifications. For example, you may be a CFO, Partner in a major accountancy firm, or similar, or on your way to such roles OR
  • Demonstrable commercial acumen: Our strategy is to diversify our services so as to provide a greater range of support to people who face disadvantage and discrimination. We are looking for a Trustee who can challenge and support us to do this successfully, with the greatest impact and in a way that promotes the financial sustainability of the organisation. Therefore, the successful candidate will have a demonstrable commercial acumen, together ideally with experience diversifying and innovating an organisation's services and experience developing and marketing new products OR
  • Digital transformation experience: At its core, the operating model for the majority of our services has been relatively unaffected by technological change. We want to explore how better use of technology can enable us to deliver our existing and new services more effectively and efficiently. Therefore, we are looking for a Trustee who can stimulate and challenge the Board's thinking about VoiceAbility's future delivery models and products.

Trustees play a critical role in the organisation. They set strategy and review progress in relation to it, and provide support, challenge and expertise to the Chief Executive and Executive Directors. Trustees play an essential role in seeking to maximise our charity’s positive impact as well as to stretch and hold to account the Chief Executive. Trustees also have ultimate responsibility for the compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, as well as ensuring that the organisation acts in line with its charitable objectives and is financially stable.

What are we looking for?

Following the setting of a new strategy designed to enhance our positive social impact, diversify our portfolio and strengthen our capabilities, we are seeking new Trustees who have the skills and values to help take us forward into the next phase of development.

We are seeking new Trustees who have experience in either finance, digital transformation, or who have demonstrable commercial acumen. In addition to this, the following describe the general characteristics which we seek in Trustees.

Values
• Empathy with VoiceAbility’s values and aims.

Strategic thinking
• Strategically oriented and able to contribute to the Board in setting and reviewing long term strategy.

Team work and collective responsibility
• Commitment to effective co-production including with people who have experience from using services, people who have professional experience and people who have both.
• Cabinet responsibility discipline. You must be prepared to accept majority Board decisions, even if you do not agree

Understanding
• Ability to weigh complex information and form sound judgements from this.
• Understanding and acceptance of the duties of a Trustee in charity law (see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/theessential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3) and acceptance of the roles and responsibilities of a Company Director.

Doing the right thing the right way
• Utmost integrity. You must make your decisions based on the best interests of the charity.
• Commitment to comply with the Nolan Principles of Public Life. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life/the-7-principles-of-public-life--2

The ideal candidate will have prior experience as a Non-Executive Director or charity Trustee.

We recognise the need for and benefit of having a diverse Board and want to ensure that the Board has a good range of women and men, people from different ethnic, social and professional backgrounds, life experience, sexualities, ages, and other characteristics. Several members of the Board bring their own personal experience as disabled people and / or carers. We are currently especially concerned to ensure that there are people from a greater range of Black and Minority Ethnic communities on the Board. All candidates will be selected purely upon merit, following a fair and transparent process.

What impact will the opportunity have?

Our mission is to support people to overcome barriers and change their lives by strengthening voices and supporting rights.

Each year VoiceAbility supports 30,000 people across England to speak up, to be heard, and to have their rights and choices respected. We support people who face disadvantage or discrimination to address life-changing issues, overcome barriers, and change their lives. Our services are offered to people who have mental health needs, learning disabilities, dementia, autistic spectrum disorders, children who use care services, people with physical impairments, and to carers of these people. We also influence legislative and policy change, ensuring that the voices and rights of people using social care and long term health services are reflected in this.

As a Trustee you will play a critical role in leading us to deliver our charitable aims, which are to enable disabled, disadvantaged or socially excluded people to:

  • Be heard and respected.
  • Have the same choice, control, and freedom as any other person.
  • Be safe from violence, discrimination, harm or abuse.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

This will be a rewarding opportunity for you to work with dedicated and talented people who are aligned to our mission to strengthen people’s voices, support their rights, and change lives. Your work will empower thousands of people across England who face disadvantage and discrimination, and help to build stronger communities.

Time commitment

Time commitment is circa 8-12 days per year, including 4 Board meetings. Trustees will also be expected to join one sub-committee of the Board. Board meetings alternate between central London and Cambridge

How to apply

Please submit your interest via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. We will provide you with an application form to complete and send with your CV by 17 June.

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