Chair - Kingsgate Community Centre
Kingsgate Community Association is a registered charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. It was initially set up in 1982 by a group of local people who wished to establish a community centre in what was then a derelict building, in a common effort to provide low-cost activities to people who would not otherwise be able to access them.
The aim of the association is to link with local and voluntary organisations and members of the community in a common effort to provide a wide range of social, educational, welfare and leisure activities with the object of improving the conditions of life for the local community.
As an Independent Trustee your role will be to use your skills and your personal experience to contribute to the work of the Board.
In addition to the general responsibilities of a trustee, duties of the chair include the following:
- Providing leadership to the organisation and the board by ensuring that everyone remains focused on the delivery of the organisation's charitable purposes in order to provide greater public benefit
- Chairing and facilitating board meetings
- Giving direction to board policy-making
- Checking that decisions taken at meetings are implemented
- Representing the organisation at functions and meetings, and acting as a spokesperson as appropriate
- Bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision-making
With the Chief Executive:
- Planning the annual cycle of board meetings and other general meetings where required, for example annual general meeting
- Setting agendas for board and other general meetings
- Developing the board of trustees including induction, training, appraisal and succession planning
- Addressing conflict within the board and within the organisation, and liaising with the chief executive (if staff are employed) to achieve this
Where staff are employed/volunteers recruited:
- Liaising with key staff and volunteers to keep an overview of the organisation's affairs and to provide support as appropriate
- Leading the process of supporting and appraising the performance of the key staff member
- Sitting on appointment and disciplinary panels
- The vice-chair acts for the chair when the chair is not available and undertakes assignments at the request of the chair
General Trustee responsibilities include:
- Promote the vision, values and objectives of Kingsgate Community Association (KCA) and take an active role in supporting the organisation's strategy.
- Assist fellow Trustees in agreeing strategic aims, ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place to meet its objectives, and that performance is effectively monitored and reviewed.
- Engage positively and collaboratively in Board discussion of agenda items.
- In accordance with agreed Board procedures, monitor the performance and conduct of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives and statutory responsibilities, including the preparation of annual reports and annual accounts and other statutory duties.
- Participate in committees as determined and delegated by the Board of Trustees.
- Commit to working to, and encouraging within KCA, the highest standards of probity, integrity and governance and contribute to ensuring that the internal governance arrangements conform with best practice and statutory requirements.
- Provide independent judgement and advice on issues of strategy, vision, performance, resources and standards of conduct and constructively challenge, influence and help the Executive Board develop proposals on such strategies.
- Obtain assurance that financial information is accurate and that financial controls and risk management systems are robust and defensible.
- Bring independent judgement and experience based on commercial, financial, legal or governance expertise and apply this to the benefit of the organisation, its stakeholders and its wider community.
Independent Trustee - Person Specification
- Essential Knowledge & Experience
- Experience of working and achieving at senior or board level in a small organisation, with a good understanding of the main components including planning, budgeting, contract management, assurance, control and performance management of its activities.
- Governance experience, bringing experience of strategic planning, financial, risk and performance management.
- Experience in audit & risk governance.
- Desirable (but not essential) knowledge and experience
- Previous experience as the Trustee of a charity.
- Experience of local authority strategic partnerships in an executive or non-executive capacity.