Board trustees for digital development and fundraising at London based charity helping empower recovering addicts.

Board trustees for digital development and fundraising at London based charity helping empower recovering addicts.

Trustee/Governor
J69229
At a glance

Skills

  • Digital and IT strategy
  • Digital Trustees
  • Software and web development
  • Fundraising events
  • Fundraising research / Bid writing
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Social care / Counselling

Where

Working across Greater London, SW5 9HB
Mainly at home
Travel limit? No travel limit but ideal for someone living in London

Time

Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Board currently meets once every two months on the first Tuesday evening of the month between 6-8pm but ad hoc task groups as necessary.

Deadline

23 Nov 2020

Become a trustee for a small, enthusiastic charity that is making a difference to the quality of life for diverse groups of people with lived experience of drug and alcohol problems across London. 

What will you be doing?

Along with other members of the Board, you will be responsible for providing the strategic and practical governance of a small and vibrant organisation that is one of the pioneers as a Lived Experience Recovery Organisation for people with histories of drug and alcohol addictions across London.

Our Board comprises people who have considerable experience of the drug and alcohol addictions field at a national strategic level; chartered accountancy; corporate strategic marketing and communications; General Practice, HR and legal. 

Key challenges include becoming more sustainable (through contracts, income generation and fundraising) and ensuring our 'offer' is attractive to local public health service commissioners, funders and strategic partners. Which in turn means strengthening our governance with up to three new trustees who can bring fundraising and developing digital platforms expertise. Or perhaps other relevant expertise from the substance use and addictions field.

In terms of key responsibilities, they include:

  • Attend and contribute to Board (six evening meetings a year at Earls Court or online during the pandemic) and related meetings and share in decision making about all significant issues that impact on BoB;
  • Develop and monitor the implementation of BoBs strategy;
  • Oversee BoBs work, ensuring that risks are managed, assets are protected and resources are well used;
  • Act as custodian of BoBs values and long-term future, ensuring that the organisation is complying with its constitution, and is managed prudently and lawfully;
  • Provide support (as well as challenge) to BoBs Chief Executive particularly drawing on your own areas of expertise;
  • Using contacts and networks to help BoB grow and develop and to be an active ambassador for the organisation;
  • Other duties required and expected of a Trustee/Company Director, including task groups and occasional visits to services.

What are we looking for?

Our CEO and some members of the Board have lived experience and have been through the addictions treatment system. This fairly ‘unique’ structure, we believe, gives a high level of peer led understanding of needs and responses. 

Our Board comprises trustees who have considerable experience of the drug and alcohol addictions field at a national strategic level; chartered accountancy; corporate strategic marketing and communications; General Practice, HR and legal. 

Key challenges include (i) becoming more sustainable (through contracts, income generation and fundraising); (ii) diversifying our service 'offer' through new digital services and (iii) ensuring our 'offer' is attractive to local public health service commissioners, funders and strategic partners. Which in turn means strengthening our governance with up to three new trustees who can bring fundraising and developing digital platforms professional expertise. Or perhaps other relevant expertise from the substance use and addictions field.

We are especially keen to diversify our Board through the proactive recruitment of new trustees from minority and ethnic communities, people with disabilities and to ensure better gender balance.

Qualities Required

Trustees are expected to:

  • Share BoBs values and aspirations along with having empathy with those seeking to rebuild their lives;
  • Have the expertise, skills, life experience and personal qualities that we require to form an effective and diverse Board;
  • Have an ability to work in small groups and teams, for example on task groups;
  • Demonstrate a willingness to adhere to the BoB Code of Conduct;
  • Be able to fully discharge the legal requirements of being a trustee and company director.

 

While having some lived experience of substance misuse, personally or through family, friends or colleagues, would be useful it is not an essential requirement. 
 

Professional Expertise Required

Expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • New digital platforms;
  • Charity fundraising;
  • Working in the substance use field;
  • Experience of charity governance or an interest in gaining that experience.

What difference will you make?

The impact we look to you and other new trustees to make includes:

  • better strategic development and governance oversight;
  • practical development advice and support to staff to develop new services delivered through digital platforms;
  • helping forge new partnerships with organisations to support new digital services;
  • supporting the Board and our small central staff team and local managers develop and implement fundraising ideas, contacts  and good practice. This will help us diversify and become more sustainable;
  • helping raise the profile of BoB with potential supporters and funders. We want to demonstrate the contribution that peer run social support can make to tackling the stigma that goes with drug and alcohol addiction.

What's in it for the volunteer?

This role offers a good opportunity for someone interested in a grass-roots London charity, getting board experience or for someone new to senior management or a new charity. With us you will be able to add real value and have a crucial input using your interest and professional skills to help the organisation flourish and develop and reach new ‘audiences’.

Much is made of the idea of co-production but at BoB we take this one step further by enabling peer support. By joining our board you can bring your professional experience to nurture and enthuse people recovering from drug and alcohol use to reach out and support others, using their talents and interests.

A few more details

If you are interested please contact us initially via the Reach platform.

Before you apply

Causes
  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Criminal justice
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Substance misuse
  • Build on Belief (BoB),is a service user led charity that is changing the face of the drug and alcohol treatment system in London. Our services are run by people who have had their own experiences...