Our client is a marine conservation charity, working in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies and committed to protecting marine biodiversity. They are seeking to recruit an Independent Trustee to join their Board.
Location: Head Office is based in Bristol, board meetings are held online and may require occasional in-person attendance.
Trustees’ Expenses: Unremunerated, however reasonable expenses will be paid.
Hours: Trustees are required to prepare for and attend quarterly board meetings as well as sub-committee meetings, and any ad hoc initiatives that are required.
Duration: Successful applicants will serve a three-year term with potential for re-appointment for a maximum of one additional term.
Role of the Board of Trustees:
Our client’s Board of Trustees is the highest level governance and decision making authority within the charity. Trustees ensure that there is a clear strategy and that the charity’s work and goals are in line with their vision. The trustees’ role is to be ‘guardians of purpose’, making sure that all decisions put the needs of the mission and beneficiaries first. Trustees also safeguard assets – both physical assets, including property, and intangible ones, such as the charity’s reputation. They make sure these are used well and that the charity is run sustainably.
Key responsibilities of Trustees include:
- Reviewing, approving and timely filing of all official financial and governance filings required by the charity under UK law
- Approving the organisational strategy as presented by management, including the objectives, measures and financing
- Approving the annual operating plan and budget, annual performance milestones and objectives
- Approving appropriate level policies that impact the overall governance of the organisation and the Board of Trustees
- Regularly reviewing the performance of the organisation and the senior management team
- Providing oversight of the management and mitigation of organisational risk by the senior management team
- Managing itself to be an effective Board
All Trustees are required to serve on at least one of the following committees: The Finance Committee, the Safeguarding and Reporting Committee, and the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Each committee has its own Terms of Reference.
The Board of Trustees oversees a UK-based charity, however board meetings are held online and this presents exciting opportunities for applicants from outside the UK and greater inclusion of global stakeholders in the board, and will be considered within the board’s efforts to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
Skills and experience required:
We are looking for an individual with a passion and commitment to environmental conservation and human rights. You must have strong networking capabilities and existing networks that can be utilised for the benefit of the charity. Experience of charity governance and working with or as part of a Board of Trustees would also be beneficial.
In addition, we would welcome applications from candidates with particular experience in:
- Knowledge and experience of the countries where the charity works and the communities they serve (Indonesia)
- Financial management and accounting (specifically charity accounting)
- Philanthropy and fundraising
- Strategy development and change management
- Marketing and communications
- Digital and data-systems
- Charity legal affairs
- Risk management and compliance
- Safeguarding and human resources
- Executive management and leadership
Our client aspires that their Board of Trustees is diverse, including members representing diverse professional and personal backgrounds, ages, ethnicity, and gender. Their non-discrimination policy extends to the trustees, who are expected to lead by example.