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Trustee/Vice Chair - The Harry's Rainbow Charitable Trust

Organisation: The Harry's Rainbow Charitable Trust
Reference: NCVO VC
Vacancy Type: Vice Chair
Deadline: 30th August 2019
Region: South East

Vacancy Details

Reports to: The Chairperson
Directly Manages: n/a
Indirectly manages: The Board

The Charity

Statistics show in the Milton Keynes area alone, on average, 100 parents will die in one year, leaving 170 dependent children. This figure is highly likely to be higher as we also support children in the surrounding areas, including Buckingham, Northampton and Leighton Buzzard.

We support children and young people in the Milton Keynes and surrounding areas, who have been bereaved of a parent or sibling. As well as providing information and guidance on our website and social networking sites, we provide various bereavement support services. These include regular support groups, activities and trips, and individual tailored support, as appropriate.

The support package we provide is predominantly built to support the bereaved child, but all activities consider the whole family to ensure that parents and carers are involved and also supported as a result. This also includes the larger extended family where there may be step siblings and parents.

The various services we provide are designed to ensure that bereaved children are supported in the grieving process, from provision of books and resources and individually tailored memory boxes to activities that promote wellbeing by building confidence and self-esteem. Facilitating contact with others who have also suffered a bereavement can also reduce the feeling of isolation and loneliness.

General Responsibilities of a Trustee

  • Ensuring that the organisation pursues its stated objects (purposes), as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy
  • Ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensuring that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects (ie the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects, however worthwhile or charitable those activities are) for the benefit of the public
  • Ensuring that the organisation defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of the organisation
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Ensuring the financial stability of the organisation
  • Protecting and managing the property of the charity and ensuring the proper investment of the charity's funds
  • Following proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the chief executive
  • Attend at least 75% of board meetings
  • Attend additional ‘emergency' meetings where necessary
  • Aim to attend at least 2 events and/or support groups throughout each year
  • Attend the AGM, which is normally held in November
  • Report any problems, personal concerns or absence to the Secretary
  • Report any conflict of interest to the Board of Trustees as soon as possible
  • Adhere to the charity's own Code of Conduct
  • When involved in operational activities, for example on the Events Team, be clear about the capacity of the role taken on, what is and isn't authorised and who to report to

In addition to the general responsibilities of a trustee, duties 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
  • To assist the chairperson in ensuring the Charity is compliant with relevant legislation, as well as the requirements of regulatory bodies such as the Charity Commission
  • To act as deputy, in the chairperson's absence, and chair and facilitate board meetings
  • To assist in 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
  • To be designated chairperson should the existing chairperson step down

With the Chief Executive Officer (CEO):

  • To assist the chairperson however required

Where staff are employed:

  • To assist the chairperson however required
  • Sitting on appointment and disciplinary panels

Person specification

  • Commitment to the organisation for at least one year
  • Leadership skills
  • Experience of committee work
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as Vice Chairperson and Trustee
  • Ability to take decisions for the good of the organisation
  • Excellent communication skills, including tact and diplomacy
  • Willingness to speak one's mind and listen to the views of others
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities and liabilities of a Trustee
  • Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences

Additional information

To be a Vice Chairperson:

  • You must be 18 or over
  • You must not have been convicted of a serious crime
  • You must not have been declared bankrupt
  • You must not have been disqualified as a Company Director
  • There will be a probationary period of 3 months

Advert Start Date: 21st August 2019
Contact Telephone Number: 07507111066
Contact Name: Heidi Math
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