Could you bring your skills and expertise to the Glass Door Homeless Charity’s Board and help us deepen our impact? We are looking for a committed and proactive Trustee to support the Board with HR expertise.
The People Trustee will bring wide-ranging HR expertise and experience to advise and recommend, and to provide strategic direction and planning rather than implementation (except in occasional and limited circumstances as agreed with the CEO and the trustee body).
- The human resources of the charity are not only its paid staff but also its trustees/directors and its large body of volunteers, and the people trustee will support the HR team to deliver high standards of legal, regulatory and governance compliance across all of these groups, in light of changing requirements and best practice.
- This will require a proactive but collaborative approach, working to an agenda agreed with the HR Manager, HR team and the CEO as well as the trustee body and interacting as appropriate with other functional trustees eg Finance
- The people trustee will input to HR projects around specific initiatives, and support the staff team in relation to ongoing HR matters
- Specific HR initiatives currently contemplated are in the areas of flexible working; equality, diversity and inclusion; learning and development; and reward and recognition.
- Ongoing areas of focus are recruitment and employment contracts; development of staff and volunteer-related policy and practice, including regular review of existing policy and practice; staff wellbeing; risk assessment and the impact of HR interventions on recruitment and retention
Who we are looking for
We are looking for someone with the following experience, skills and qualities:
- Experience of performance management, HR/employment law issues, managing L&D and EDI and implementing them contextually (or experience equivalent to CIPD Chartered Member level)
- Willingness and ability to understand and accept their responsibilities and liabilities as Trustees, to act in the best interests of the Charity and to abide by the charity's Code of Conduct.
- Ability to think creatively and strategically, exercise good, independent judgement and work effectively as a board member.
- Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussion.
- A strong personal commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
- Willingness to bring new ideas and work as part of the Trustee body in line with the vision and ethos of Glass Door.
We are looking for people willing to bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the role, and who will broaden the diversity of thinking on our Board.
Glass Door values diversity, promotes equality and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from people with lived experiences of homelessness.
Although Glass Door services often take place within churches or church-owned properties, please note individuals with connections to a variety of faiths or none work for, volunteer at, and use the services of Glass Door.
- Board meetings take place after working hours for approximately 2 hours every other month.
- The HR Trustee will need to be actively involved beyond Board meetings, including reading Board papers, providing advice and guidance, and attending further meetings including (at minimum) the following:
- HR working group, who meet for 1-2 hours on a monthly basis during working hours.
- All Trustees attend a strategy meeting once a year.
- There is a staff away day which Trustees are encouraged to attend.
- Pay and Benefits Committee, which the People Trustee will be a member of.
What’s in it for the Trustee?
Our vision is a world where no one has to sleep on the streets of London and we’re working every day to achieve this. Your role as a Trustee will offer you an incredibly rewarding experience to use your skills and collaborate with the rest of the Board and staff members for the benefit of people experiencing homelessness.
What impact will you have?
Your role is pivotal in our plans to continue growing our organisation. We have exciting new projects which you will be involved in from beginning to end. Your experience will make a profound impact on our strategic deliverables, by ensuring our HR processes are progressive and reflect our values, by developing our policies, wellbeing and learning opportunities for our staff and offering a wide perspective on best HR practice.
How to apply
Reach Trusteeworks are supporting Glassdoor with their Trustee recruitment. To apply, please email your covering letter and your CV or similar (LinkedIn profile, portfolio, etc.) to them.
We are keen to make our recruitment process as fair as possible and to reduce bias. All applications will be anonymised for review.
Please make sure that you include the following information in your cover letter.
- why you are interested in joining our Board
- your relevant skills and experience (see Who we are looking for)
- how you think you could apply your skills and experience to strengthen our Board
If you have any questions prior to making an application please contact the TrusteeWorks team.
Closing date for applications: 8th October 2021
Interviews will be held from 12th October 2021