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Trustee - The Road Safety Trust Board and Audit & Risk Committee

Employer
The Road Safety Trust
Location
NW1 2BJ, London (Greater)
Salary
Unpaid voluntary role
Closing date
26 Apr 2021

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Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Function
Consultancy / Strategy
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Job Details

The Road Safety Trust is a grant-funding charity committed to making UK roads safer, achieving impact through the funding of practical measures, research, dissemination and education. The trust has awarded £4m in project grants over the last 5 years to improve UK road safety for all users. We are seeking a new Trustee to join the Board and be a member of our Audit & Risk Committee.

 

Role summary

All Trustees are expected to:

  • promote and develop the Road Safety Trust whilst retaining its core values and aims
  • ensure the Road Safety Trust complies with legislative and regulatory requirements, acts within the framework of its governing documentation and in furtherance of its strategic aims
  • appoint the CEO and ensure appropriate support and supervision for the post holder, and
  • ensure sound management of resources, ensuring that any investment/new activity meets appropriate criteria of organisational aims and objectives

In addition to the general duties of Trustee Board members, you would be a member of the Audit & Risk Committee which:

  • Oversees the production of the organisation's annual accounts and recommends them to the Board for approval;
  • Reviews the effectiveness of internal and external auditors and recommends reappointment or change to the RST Board;
  • On behalf of the Board, scrutinises any aspect of the work of the organisation against the criteria of best practice and reports as appropriate.

Please see Reach for a full role summary.

Meetings tend to be near Euston station in London to enable ease of access for Trustees.

 

Person description

Essential

  • Experience of audit and accounting processes.
  • A sound and practical understanding of strategic risk management.
  • A knowledge and understanding of both charity governance and company law. Ability to work at a strategic level, think creatively and criticise constructively.
  • Good, independent judgement and a willingness to speak your mind.
  • A firm belief in and commitment to the organisation’s purpose.
  • Commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • An understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.

Desirable

  • Substantial experience in a leadership role.
  • A financial qualification.

The Trust is keen to reach, and will welcome, applications from individuals with the necessary skill-sets in under-represented groups as part of its Trustee recruitment.

 

What's in it for the volunteer?

You will be undertaking a rewarding and challenging position and joining a committee which plays a pivotal role in ensuring the strong governance of the organisation. New Trustees have a full induction and ongoing learning and development is actively encouraged.

 

Time commitment

Approximately 8-10 days pa (4 Board Meetings pa plus 3-4 A&RC meetings pa), plus emails/reading time between meetings.

 

How to apply

Please apply via the Reach Volunteering site.

Please submit a cover letter outlining how you meet the required skills (listed on page 9 of the pack) and why you would like to be a Trustee, together with your CV. We will need your email address and will let you know by the deadline whether your application has been shortlisted or not. Shortlisted candidates will then be interviewed via a virtual meeting platform before proceeding to the next stage of selection.

Deadline: 17 May 2021

Company

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
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  • make contact and talk through what you're looking for 
  • make a match.

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Find Us
Telephone
020 3943 9901
Location
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London
SE11 5RR
United Kingdom
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