Job Description for Charity Trustees
Finance, IT and Higher Education
AbilityNet is an award-winning charity limited by guarantee, incorporated in the UK and registered as a charity in England and Wales and also separately in Scotland. The company was established under a Memorandum of Association, which created the objects and powers of the charitable company and is governed by its Articles of Association.
AbilityNet’s purpose is to help improve people’s lives by supporting them achieve everything they can at work, at home or in education through the use of digital technology. Our vision is a digital world where everyone is given equal access to digital information systems.
1. The role of a trustee
Being a trustee of AbilityNet will require you to:
· Work with fellow trustees to shape, drive and monitor the Charity’s strategy
· Prepare for and participate fully in board meetings.
· Act reasonably in decision making and leadership of the organisation
· Ensure the proper management and administration of the charity
· Use any specific skills, knowledge or experience you have to help the board of trustees reach quick and sound decision by leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise
· Promote the work of the Charity externally
· Participate in sub-committees
· Manage risks with a considered, proportionate and balanced approach
· Support the Charity’s Chief Executive and Senior Management Team
· Ensure that the Charity’s values are upheld in the delivery of its objectives.
2. The Statutory Duties of a Trustee:
Trustees are responsible for the work that the Charity does and how it does it. Trustees have a number of statutory duties, which are:
3. Trustee Person Specification
- IT Role: have or have had an IT role within a charity, commercial or public sector ideally with an understanding and knowledge of accessibility
- Higher Education (HE) Role: ideally hold or have held a role responsible for student success, diversity and inclusion with an interest in improving the student experience for disabled students. You will be innovative, forward looking and well networked with peers and sector organisations
- Finance Role: A qualified accountant having or have had a role within a financial institution, a charity, public or commercial sector.
4. Board Structure
AbilityNet is governed currently by a board of nine Trustees, who are also directors under company law. There are three Corporate Trustees – IBM (UK) Ltd, Microsoft Ltd and the Worship Company of Information Technologists. We are now looking to recruit a further three trustees with a skills background in Information Technology (IT), Finance and Higher Education (HE).
The board has a Chair. There are two sub-committees for which the membership is drawn from the board – these are Audit and Remunerations.
Board meetings are usually held four times a year. Meetings usually take place in London but may also take place in AbilityNet’s two other office locations of Reading and Warwick.
Outside of board and committee meetings, staff may seek to consult with trustees on particular subjects and there will be opportunities to attend project visits, meetings and events related to the charity.
Trustees are appointed for a three-year term but may serve for a maximum of four consecutive terms of up to three terms each.
The role is unpaid, however reasonable expenses are paid in line with the Charity’s expenses policy.
6. How to Apply
Application is by CV and covering letter. The covering letter should address your personal interest in the role, and how your experience meets the criteria described in the ‘Person Specification’.
To apply please send a copy of your CV together with your covering letter to Mairéad Comerford, AbilityNet’s Head of HR – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions about the role or would like to discuss this opportunity please call Mairéad on +44 (0) 118 909 5278.
The closing date for applications is Monday the 30th of September 2019 at 17:00.