General Trustee Role

Trustee Job Description

Trustee Responsibilities

The Trustees have responsibility for directing the affairs of Mums In Need, ensuring that it is financially viable and delivering the charitable aims and objectives as set out in its constitution. They must ensure compliance with legal requirements and The Charity Commission regulations. They have a responsibility for the governance of the organization and a duty of care towards staff, volunteers and clients.

The Trustees of Mums In Need (MIN) have a joint responsibility to:

  • Approve the organisation’s mission statement and review the staff’s performance in achieving it
  • Review and approve the organisation’s financial goals
  • Annually review and approve the organisation’s budget
  • Develop and approve policies
  • Regularly discuss with the CEO matters that are of concern to them or to the Board
  • Approve the staffs work plans and review their performance
  • Approve the performance of the Board of Trustees and take steps to improve its performance
  • Review the results achieved by the staff team in relation to the organisation’s aims and objectives
  • Be certain that the financial structure of the organisation is adequate for its current needs and its long- range strategy
  • Be assured that the Board is adequately and currently informed through reports and other methods of the condition of the organisation and its operations
  • Review the compliance with relevant laws affecting the organisation

Trustees must:

  • Act in the charity's interests only (not their own)
  • Act with integrity and avoid any personal conflicts of interest
  • Exercise reasonable care and skill, using their knowledge and experience to ensure the charity is well run
  • Avoid activities that might place the charity’s property, funds, assets or reputation at undue risk

To fulfill these responsibilities properly, Trustees must keep up-to-date with what the organization is doing and make sure they are informed about its activities and financial position. All Trustees are expected to give enough time and energy to making sure that the above responsibilities are met.

The minimum contribution from Board members is –

  • to attend the regular Board meetings, which are once a quarter and prepare themselves by reading relevant papers.
  • a weekly input is generally required for approximately three hours.
  • in addition to the responsibilities listed above, Trustee roles might include involvement with the recruitment of staff, development of policy documents, fundraising, media contact or promoting the organisation and other activities which are distinct from the day to day running of the organisation. They also have roles as set out in other MIN policies. Generally, Trustees are concerned with the governance of the organisation, rather than the day to day running of the organisation, which is the responsibility of paid staff.

Essential Skills and Attributes - all Trustees must have the following skills and attributes :

  • Commitment to fulfilling the mission of Mums In Need
  • Agreement with, and willingness to uphold, the aims and ethos of the organisation
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Willingness to give necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee role
  • Ability to listen
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Integrity, honesty, tolerance and patience
  • Willingness to act in the best interests of MIN
  • Understanding of working with confidential material
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Willingness to learn, especially new systems and social media (G Suite, Whatsapp, Facebook)

Desirable Experience

As a priority, we are seeking Trustees who have experience in one or more of these areas: These were identified from the audit on the 21.3.19.

  • Human Resources
  • Computer skills
  • Fundraising
  • Campaigning

In addition to these, the Board of Trustees collectively needs skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Setting targets, monitoring and evaluating performance and programmes
  • Financial management and income generation
  • Information Technology/Social media
  • Charity/Business Management
  • Counselling/Therapy
  • Charity law/criminal law/family law/housing law
  • Public Relations

As a Trustee the commitment and energy you display will make a direct difference to the charity and everyone it helps. You do not have to be a hero or famous to change lives for the better – trusteeship allows you to do just that.

Being a trustee can be hard work and is unpaid. Trustees have the ultimate responsibility for running a charity, for its property, finances and the employment of any staff or volunteers.

But being a trustee is also immensely rewarding, providing both expected and unexpected opportunities for personal development. Whilst you bring your skills and energy to running the organisation, you will also find you are gaining new experience and knowledge.

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