· To ensure that the Quo Vadis Trust complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
· To ensure that the Quo Vadis Trust pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
· To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role of giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
· To ensure that an appropriate strategic planning process is implemented, by initiating such a process if necessary, by providing an independent challenge of key assumptions and assessing whether the strategy is reasonable in relation to the risks involved, the resources required and the benefits to be achieved.
· To ensure that the organisation uses its’ resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives.
· To ensure effective processes are in place to identify, monitor and manage any potential risk that the Quo Vadis Trust faces.
· To ensure that effective internal control systems exist to protect the organisation and that the necessary management information systems exist to assess performance and progress.
· To safeguard the good name and values of the Quo Vadis Trust.
· To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
· To ensure the financial stability of the Quo Vadis Trust.
· To protect and manage the property of the Quo Vadis Trust and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
· To appoint and support the Chief Executive and monitor his/her performance.
In addition to the above duties, Trustees should:
· Be an ambassador and advocate for the Quo Vadis Trust.
· Be willing and able to use any specific knowledge or experience he or she may have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This will involve scrutinising Board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues and providing advice and guidance requested by the Board or the Chief Executive in areas where the Trustee might add value and insight to deliberations.
· Follow the Governance Manual and current best practice on being a Trustee at all times.
· Be an active member of the Trustee body in exercising its responsibilities and functions, and attend meetings faithfully.
· Maintain good relations with the staff team.
Commitment: Elected Trustees must commit to attending quarterly Board meetings each year, as well as sit on at least one of the group committees (e.g. risk & governance, audit etc.) They are expected to dedicate a minimum of 12 days per annum to their Board responsibilities, which may also include strategy away days. Trustees are also expected, on occasion, to represent Quo Vadis Trust at events and meetings with key internal and external stakeholders.
Remuneration: The role of Trustee is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed.
Location: UK with Board meetings held at head office (92 Brownhill Road, Catford, SE6 2EW)
Length of term: This is a three-year term, with the possibility of re-election for a further three-year term.
Reporting to: Chair of Trustees
How to apply
Trustees are appointed by the Governance Committee following an open interview and selection process. If you are interested in applying to be a Trustee, please submit your CV to Tina Paul at email@example.com. We are keen to talk to candidates who share our desire and energy to make a positive contribution to our clients’ lives in such a demanding political and economic climate.