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CoLab Exeter
EX4 6PD, Exeter
Unpaid voluntary role
Closing date
19 Apr 2021

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Contract Type
Consultancy / Strategy
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Colab Exeter’s purpose is to provide a shared workspace for a range of organisations to collaborate effectively and by doing so, address key social challenges in the city. The aim of all joint work is to improve outcomes and life chances for a wide range of people, but particularly those with multiple disadvantages and complex needs.

CoLab Exeter are looking for trustees who can offer new insights and solutions that will contribute to the further development and direction of our organisation.

Role summary

The role of the Board of Trustees is to hold the charity "in trust" for current and future beneficiaries by:

  • Ensuring the charity has a clear vision, purpose and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these
  • Being responsible for the performance of the charity, ensuring the charity complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Acting as guardians of the charity's assets,both tangible and intangible
  • Ensuring that the charity's governance is of the highest standard.

As well as the various statutory duties, any trustee should make full use of any specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the Board make good decisions.

Person description

As well as an interest in charity governance and/or a knowledge of working with or supporting people with complex needs; we are looking for Trustees who are able to understand the challenges and opportunities facing the organisation as we progress though our next phase of development.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people who have any previous experience of working in:

  • commercial business
  • commissioning and contracts
  • local authority leadership
  • public relations
  • fundraising

Skills and Experience

  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship
  • Relevant professional experience or lived experience that provides insight and understanding to the role of CoLab Exeter and the support and services we deliver
  • Proven ability to communicate with others in an accessible way
  • Good communication and leadership skills
  • Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement
  • Skills and experience in developing strategy and/or business management
  • A team-oriented approach to problem solving and to management

Please see Reach for an information pack and full person description.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

You will get to work with a fabulous Leadership Team, Board of Trustees and around 30 plus diverse organisations collaborating under one roof and providing key services for some of the most vulnerable of our community from the homeless, men and women in the criminal justice system, refugees, ex-military personnel and those with mental health issues.

If you're passionate about helping people with complex needs, can empathise with the challenges facing our client group and would enjoy a trustee role that is likely to broaden your horizons, we'd love to hear from you.

Time commitment

The Board meets four times per year – usually on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at 4.30pm.

How to apply

Applications are through Reach TrusteeWorks. Please send an up to date CV and covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role and what skills, qualities, and experience you can offer to the organisation and the Board of Trustees to Deadline: Wednesday 28th April 2021.


Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK. We are the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Connecting people, skills and good causes is our mission and our passion. 

What we do

We help charities and other non-profits find the skills they need to thrive. Every year hundreds of charities recruit volunteers through our service. These volunteers share their skills as trustees, advisors or mentors, carrying out short term projects or ongoing operational roles.  

Our goal is to create a step change in the quality, range and scale of skills-based volunteering and trusteeship in the UK. We are proud of our growing impact.

Why we do it

Charities can boost their capacity, increase their effectiveness and innovate / find new ways of doing things when volunteers donate their professional skills. Trustees play a crucial role in leading charities and overseeing their work. When the trustee board of a charity has a good mix of skills and professional experience, it can govern more effectively.

By supporting charities to recruit volunteers and trustees with valuable skills, we help charities increase their capacity and strengthen their governance.

How we do it

Our online community inspires people to use their skills for social good. We help organisations to make the most of those skills, to think through their needs and to attract the right person. We believe that communication is important in recruiting trustees and volunteers, so our service encourages dialogue between organisations and individuals. Our service is free to volunteers and to most charities. Find out more about when we charge.  

For volunteers and charities

Whether you are an organisation that wants to find a volunteer with particular skills or a new trustee, or an individual who has a skill you want to offer, you can:

  • join the community as a volunteer or as a charity and create a profile
  • explore roles and profiles
  • make contact and talk through what you're looking for 
  • make a match.

Our guides and resources help volunteers and good causes make the most of skills-based volunteering.

Other organisations and partners

We also work with other organisations including:

  • businesses, supporting their staff into rewarding volunteer or board positions
  • funders, supporting their grantees.

Read more about our partnerships.

Find Us
020 3943 9901
Reach Volunteering
17 Oval Way
SE11 5RR
United Kingdom
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