Trustee - PSS
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 5th April 2019
Region: North West
Fancy helping steer PSS in the right direction? Become a trustee!
Are you a graduate of the university of life? Have you used ours or other services before (and know what a great service looks like)? Or have you got professional skills to offer? How about both? If you nodded your head furiously to any of these, read on!
We're looking for at least three more PSS trustees to join our already-fabulous gang of eight.
By becoming a PSS trustee, you could use your life experience to help make PSS the best it can be.
What does a PSS trustee do, anyway?
PSS has what we call a Board of Trustees. This is a team of people who meet up four times a year with a job to do: to make sure PSS is and stays brilliant.
This next bit sounds a bit daunting at first, but here goes: our Board of Trustees take ultimate responsibility for everything we do here. By being a trustee, you'll also be a director of PSS (fancy), and it'll be your job to help us make sure we're doing what we say we will properly, fairly, to the best of our ability and when we say we'll do it. You'll do that by using your skills and experience (whether that's life experience or professional experience) to help us make decisions.
What does the job involve?
Being a trustee's a big job – and as you might have already gathered, it's a responsible one. Our trustees have legal responsibilities as directors of PSS, a limited liability company. Things like being legally responsible for the company's records, accounts and performance. The great news is, we've got our own quality and compliance team at PSS who have the expertise to help make sure our board is fulfilling its legal job.
You can have a look at the job description to find out the nitty gritty about what the job entails, but, in summary, here are the seven key things you'll need to do, along with your fellow trustees:
- Make sure things are done properly and that everything is above board
- Take ultimate responsibility for everything PSS does
- Act reasonably and carefully in all things related to PSS
- Safeguard and protect the assets of PSS
- Do things in partnership with our other trustees
- Do things in the best interests of PSS
- Avoid any conflict between your personal interests and those of PSS
Why do we need some new trustees?
We might be the big 100 this year, we're growing faster than you can say ‘PSS', and we need some extra bods on our already-brilliant Board to help make us even stronger, and to help us on plan to be around for future generations (read more about our Big Plan and how you can help us achieve it in our PSS trustee recruitment pack).
What are we looking for in our new trustees?
As you know, we're all about hearing from all different kinds of people at PSS, and that's no different when it comes to our trustees. We want to hear a variety of voices, and we're looking for at least three new people to join our Board of Trustees. In an ideal world, we'd like to find people who fit into these categories:
- Someone who uses our services, or has used support services before: we'd love to work with someone who has experience of receiving support in any way – someone who knows, from their own experiences, what makes top quality services, and can make decisions from the perspective of someone who has been there.
- Someone who has commercial or entrepreneurial experience: with a history like ours, we've got ourselves a bit of a reputation for keeping things moving: coming up with fresh takes on our services and applying our expertise in new ways. We're open to hearing from people who have experience of being creative and innovating within an organisation – and, if we're being really specific, we'd like that person to have some operational management experience, so that you can really understand the realities of what the ideas might look like in practice. We'd like to work with someone with a great business instinct, who's able to sniff out great business development opportunities.
- Someone who has experience in digital stuff or things relating to technology: we may be 100 years old, but those daft stereotypes about older generations and technology most definitely do not apply to us! We've invested a lot in our systems and tech over the last few years – we've recently got a brand new learning and development system and new customer relationship management system to help us in our quest to go totally paperless. We want to keep on using tech in the best way we can – and we want to work with someone who can help us move things forward even further, by looking at how we can use tech to help support people better, and work more efficiently as an organisation.
As well as those three categories, we'd also be open to hearing from folks who have legal or financial planning and management experience. We've already got legal and financial experts on our current Board of Trustees, but we've been doing a bit of planning for the future.
However, it's not just about what you can bring, it's about who you are, too.
Values are a really big deal at PSS – they're not something someone in the marketing team comes up with and puts on the website to sound good. Created by our own employees to reflect some of the personal traits PSS people have, our values are the key to what makes our culture so unique; they're a reflection of who each of us are and they're embedded in everything we do. Sometimes other organisations approach us and ask how we managed to make our culture so strong. Our answer is really simple: we only employ genuine, determined, professional, open-minded and big-hearted people – and that goes for who we choose to be our trustees, too.
How to apply
If this sounds like a job for you, the first thing you need to do is have a good shufty at our PSS trustee recruitment pack on our website. In there you'll find all the details you need to know about being a trustee – from how much time you'll need to give up to how many committees you'd need to be on and when, if you were successful, we'd want you to come and meet us.
As well as the recruitment pack, you'll also want to read the full job description and person specification, which will tell you exactly what the job involves in full, and exactly what we're looking for. These are available on the PSS website.
If all that's hunky dory, it's time to apply!
Send your application in to Mandy in our quality team, by Friday 5th April 2019 at 5pm.
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