MAIN are growing and on our way to achieving our aim of becoming The Leading Charity in the North East for Supporting Individuals & Families Affected by Disability, now we need to increase the skills of our board of trustees.
We are looking for individuals who can help drive our strategic goal, offer guidance and make our next journey; MAIN Big Build, a success and help to create a diverse board of trustees. Please take the time to look at our website and read about MAIN Big Build campaign. This will enable MAIN to reach and support more people than ever before. Come and be part of our journey.
Experience in the following areas would be an advantage:
What does it mean to be a trustee?
Trustees have overall control of the charity and are responsible for making sure it’s doing what it was set up to do. They are the people who lead the charity and decide how it is run. Being a trustee means making decisions that will impact on people’s lives helping MAIN to making a difference to your local community and to society as a whole. Trustees use their skills and experience to support their charities, helping them achieve their aims.
Trustees’ 6 main duties:
1. Ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
2. Comply with your charity’s governing document and the law
3. Act in your charity’s best interests
4. Manage your charity’s resources responsibly
5. Act with reasonable care and skill
6. Ensure your charity is accountable
• A commitment to the organisation and its objectives
• An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
• A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee
• Strategic vision
• Good, independent judgement
• An ability to think creatively
• Willingness to speak their mind
• An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
The duties of a trustee are:
• To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives.
• To contribute actively to the board of trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
• To safe guard the good name and values of the organisation
• To represent the company at functions and meetings as appropriate
• To declare any conflict of interest while carrying out the duties of a trustee
• To be collectively responsible for the actions of the organisation and other trustees
• To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
• To abide by the equal opportunities policy
• To ensure the financial stability of the organisation
• To protect and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the proper investment of the organisation's funds
• To make sure the organisation is properly insured against all reasonable liabilities
• To appoint and support the employees and monitor their performance
• To attend meetings, and to read papers in advance of meetings
• To attend sub-committee meetings as appropriate
• To participate in other tasks as arise from time to time, such as interviewing new staff, helping with fundraising
• To keep informed about the activities of the organisation and wider issues which affect its work
By joining MAIN's board of trustees you will helping us become diverse with a range of skills to ensure we can deliver our aim.
The Big Build campaign will require a range of skills and after completion, we need to continue the drive to help as many people as possible. You can make a massive difference on how we, as a charity, can grow.
MAIN has some fantastic ideas for the future, but you need to join us to find out what they are!
By joining us you will be given the opportunity to work with a local charity and share your skills and knowledge and in return, learn from others.
Come and meet us, see what we do and when you see the smiles on the children's faces, you will feel a sense of reward and pride from being involved in a charity that gives so much joy to others.