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HR Trustee

Age UK East London
E2 9LU, London (Greater)
Unpaid voluntary role
Closing date
23 Jan 2022

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Contract Type
Part Time
Consultancy / Strategy
Job Level
Management & Executive
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We are looking for people who are committed to improving the lives of vulnerable and isolated older people across East London and  help the Board and the organisation  have a positive impact on their lives.


What will you be doing?

The Board is responsible for the smooth-running of the organisation and supporting the Chief Executive. You will be supporting our 75 members of staff and part of our 250+ strong volunteer team. You will also have the opportunity to learn about how to tackle the challenges that our beneficiaries face, and how to deliver appropriate co-produced services that enrich older people’s lives and enhance the whole community of East London.

We are looking for an HR professional to join our Board of Trustees. We are looking for someone who can contribute to the Board and the governance of the charity as a whole and also provide strategic and occasional operational advice to the Board, CEO and HR Department on particular HR matters


HR Trustee Main tasks

  • Ensure that HR activities and interventions are linked to the company’s charitable objectives  and align with the company’s culture and values
  • Ensure the long-term strategic oversight of the organisation’s personnel and staffing requirements in relation to the overarching goals of the charity
  • Help the organization ensure best HR practice
  • Support the Board, the Chair and the HR Department improve and further develop our existing HR policy and practice
  • Provide advice and guidance to the Board, the Chair and the HR Department on HR matters and people management
  • Support the HR Department with more complex ER cases
  • Support the Board and the HR Department to review policies and procedures affecting the Board of Trustees such as recruitment, selection, induction, grievance, code of conduct etc.


What are we looking for?

  • A substantial background as a senior HR professional, with proven track record of success at an operational and strategic level.
  • Professional experience in HR policies & processes
  • Knowledge of HR employment law issues 
  • An understanding of current developments in HR, staff and development training and recruitment
  • Strong people management skills
  • Experience of developing, executing and reviewing HR strategies and related goals.

We would really like our Board of Trustees to look more like our community – so we would particularly encourage you to apply if you are an older person, or come from a Black, Asian, or ethnic minority background. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria.


What difference will you make?

Age UK East London is led by a passionate and committed Chief Executive and Senior Management Team. Staff have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure that they continue to deliver essential face to face services, safely to some of the most vulnerable residents in East London.

We work across boroughs which have the highest rate of pensioner poverty in England.

We went in to the crisis confident that we were financially stable and well-governed. Looking forward we will need a new strategy based on our experience of the impact of COVID and to prepare for the consequences on the physical and mental health of older people.

Underpinning this will be a focus on the inequity of access to vital services as authorities continue to develop virtual solutions that disadvantage older residents.


Time commitment

The Board meets quarterly on the last Wednesday from 6.00 – 8.00pm in East London. The HR committee meets quarterly.


Before you apply

Applications are through the Reach platform. If you are interested please send your CV and personal statement

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