Oct 152019

Trustee - Conway Hall

Organisation: Conway Hall
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 2nd December 2019
Region: London

Welcome from Liz Lutgendorff, Chair:

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Trustee of Conway Hall Ethical Society.

Conway Hall is Where Ethics Matter.

We curate, support and facilitate people and ideas that make ethics matter in the world.

Together, we are Creative, Diverse, Historic, Human and Kind.

We host talks, concerts, exhibitions, courses, performances, community and social events. We are an independent charity and receive no funding from the government. Everything we do is dependent upon our commercial activity and the generosity of volunteers like you.

For more information, please see our Annual Review for 2017-2018.

For this coming AGM, our internal Trustee Skills audit has identified that expertise in the following areas would benefit the Society:

  • Finance & Accounting,
  • Fundraising,
  • Legislation (in the charity and venues sectors),
  • Property & Estate Management,
  • Diversity,
  • Campaigning

As Chair, I look forward to working closely with you and I am excited to see what you can bring to Conway Hall Ethical Society.

If you are interested in this unique role and would welcome the opportunity to have an informal conversation, please contact our Chief Executive Officer, Dr Jim Walsh, on 07786 968250 or via email at ceo@conwayhall.org.uk

Role Profile

  • Remuneration: The role of trustee is not accompanied by any financial remuneration.
  • Location: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn
  • Time commitment: Approximately 1 day per month. The Trustees meet every other month but there are also sub-committees, which Trustees are encouraged to join.
  • Reporting to: Trustees and Members of the Society

Trustees have overall control of the Society and are responsible to the Charity Commission and the wider membership for making sure the charity stays true to its object, vision and strategic priorities. Being a trustee of a dynamic and local charity means that you will witness the positive impact that your decisions have on people's lives, on the communities we serve and on the strategic direction of the Society.



  • Understand the Society's object as set out in its governing document and ensure compliance with Charity Law as per The Essential Trustee from the Charity Commission;
  • Ensure the sustainability of the Society;
  • Oversee what the Society does and what it needs to achieve;
  • Understand how the Society benefits the public by carrying out its activities;
  • Actively contribute at Trustee and Subcommittee meetings and monitor the implementation and subsequent outcomes of decisions.


  • Contribute to the development of the charity's long-term strategy;
  • Support, encourage and helpfully challenge the staff team;
  • Represent the charity at high profile engagement events;
  • Raise public profile and promote the reputation of the organisation and seek financial support where possible;
  • Serve on sub committees where expertise is appropriate.

Financial Management

  • Maintain sound financial management of the trust's resources, ensuring expenditure is in line withthe organisations' objects and investment activities meet accepted standards and policies.
  • Ensure that the charity's assets are only used to support or carry out its purposes;
  • Evaluate risks to the charity's assets or reputation;
  • Comply with any restrictions on spending funds;
  • Monitor and assess the organisation's results in relation to the agreed strategy, budget and implementation plan.

The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive. Trustees will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.

Person Specification

We seek to identify candidates who bring a blend of experience but have specific skills relating to any of the following:

  • Finance & Accounting,
  • Fundraising,
  • Legislation (in the charity and venues sectors),
  • Property & Estate Management,
  • Diversity,
  • Campaigning


  • Ability to commit to essential meetings on a monthly basis and participate in email discussions as appropriate;
  • Alignment to the Society's charitable object;
  • Strategic vision and excellent judgement of implementation plans;
  • Creative and innovative approach in the role of trustee;
  • Multifaceted experience in a professional arena;
  • Experience of making decisions at board level in a complex stakeholder environment;
  • Good communication skills across all levels;
  • Excellent planning and organisational ability with long term focus;
  • Understanding of governance/acceptance of trustee legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities;
  • Understanding and acceptance of an entrepreneurial approach to income generation
  • Genuine passion and interest in the work of Conway Hall.

The process

Under the Society's constitution, trustees are elected at the Society's AGM each November by the members at that AGM. Please note, there are no postal or electronic voting provisions at present.
All candidates must submit the following to the Society's office at least 8 weeks before the date of the AGM:

  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV),
  • A supporting statement,
  • A list of any non-executive directorships and trustee posts currently held,
  • A completed equality and diversity form

Candidates submissions may be signed and submitted electronically.

Notice of the candidates received will be given to each member at least eight days before the date of the AGM.
At the AGM, members may vote once each for up to five candidates. When there are more candidates than vacancies the candidates with the most votes will be elected.

If you are interested in being a candidate for election at the AGM

Please forward a copy of your CV, together with a supporting statement and a list of any non- executive directorships and trustee posts that you currently hold to ceo@conwayhall.org.uk

Please ensure that your submission fully addresses the criteria in the person specification and provides the names, positions, organisations and contact telephone numbers of two referees.

References will only be taken once your express permission has been granted.

We would be grateful if you could also let us know if you require any special provision as a result of any disability should you be called for an interview.

Finally, please ensure that you have included your mobile and home telephone numbers, as well as dates when you will not be available or might have difficulty with the indicative timetable:


  • Closing date for submissions: Anytime up to and including 2nd December 2019
  • AGM: 4th February 2020 at 6pm – attendance is required

These dates may be subject to change. Candidates will be advised in advance should this happen.


If you have any queries on any aspect of this process, need additional information, or would like to have a preliminary informal discussion, please contact Dr Jim Walsh on 07786 968250 or via email at ceo@conwayhall.org.uk

Advert Start Date: 10th October 2019
Contact Telephone Number: 07786968250
Contact Name: Dr Jim Walsh
Contact E-mail: ceo@conwayhall.org.uk
Url: https://conwayhall.org.uk/

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