Secretary of the Board (Trustee) for Charity focused on Strengthening Communities and Promoting Wellbeing in London

Secretary of the Board (Trustee) for Charity focused on Strengthening Communities and Promoting Wellbeing in London

Trustee/Governor
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At a glance

Skills

  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • General / operations management
  • Office and Administration Management
  • Project / programme management
  • Volunteer management

Where

London, WC1R 4RL
Mainly at home

Time

Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week or 3-7 hours / week

Deadline

08 May 2024

Sunday Assembly London is seeking a volunteer Trustee Board member with drive and enthusiasm to serve as Secretary of the Board.

What will you be doing?

Trustees at Sunday Assembly London determine strategy and oversee operations for a vibrant volunteer-run community that organises twice-monthly in-person Sunday Assemblies, featuring inspiring guest speakers and poets, with a live band leading singalongs.  

 

What will you be doing?

As Secretary, you will attend and contribute to our monthly Board meetings, on the second Monday of each month. 

You will be able to apply your individual strengths on the Board as well as learn new skills; defining a specialist role, projects and activities where you will take the lead and focus your time.

The Secretary role is a pivotal role, helping to organise all things Board related and keep things on track, as well as have an oversight of issues and queries relating to governance.

 

Main Responsibilities   

Our board members are responsible for providing oversight to the operations of the charity in accordance with their obligations as trustees. They are required to review Board papers and play a key role in decision making. For all Board members, this includes:

  • Ensuring the effective running of the charity, ensuring it fulfils its purpose
  • Maintaining oversight and control over financial matters
  • Monitoring the delivery of community events and activities 
  • Ensuring the effective management of our volunteering community 
  • Strategic decision-making affecting the future development of the charity

 

In addition, the role of the Secretary of the Board involves:

  • Facilitating the charity’s formal decision-making process
  • Ensuring that Sunday Assembly complies with its Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Maintaining the registers of directors and trustees of the charity 
  • Working with the Treasurer and other members of the Board to produce and submit an Annual report and accounts to bodies such as the Charity Commission

 

This includes attending meetings and assisting with the effective administration of charity business and, where possible, attending our events.

 

See the attached document for a full role description.

What are we looking for?

Essential

  • Organised and the ability to organise others
  • Enthusiasm to play an active role on the Board and in fulfilling Sunday Assembly’s purpose 
  • Ability to take the lead and be a key point of contact for the Board
  • Strong communication skills
  • Desire to engage with issues affecting the community
  • Professional experience such as: 
    • Agenda setting, minute taking and meeting organisation
    • Fundraising
    • Communications
    • Volunteer-led organisations
    • Project Management
    • Technology and Data
    • People and Culture

Desirable / Nice to have

  • Knowledge of Charity law / Governance / Trustee obligations
  • Experience of being a charitable trustee/in a position of responsibility.
  • Safeguarding experience. 

What difference will you make?

Trustees at Sunday Assembly London are currently playing a vital role in directing our community through changes driven by the post-pandemic impact on live events. 

 

Our board conducts work that essential for the sustainability of the community by determining a long term strategy that will ensure long term financial stability and create a lasting community long into the future.  

 

Your experience in areas such as governance, community building, change management, live events, or related topics will directly contribute to the health and longevity of this London institution.

Before you apply

  • STEP 1: Please send your CV (max 2 pages) and a covering email to us via Reach, by 8 May. We can arrange an initial discussion with a current Board member prior to application if requested.
  • STEP 2: We will hold interviews in May where you will be interviewed by some of our current Board Members.
  • STEP 3: You’ll be invited to our Board Meeting on to meet fellow trustees, have a taste of the Board Meeting and ask questions.

To apply for this Trustee role or to ask any questions regarding this role, please contact us via Reach. 

Causes
  • Arts
  • Local / community
  • Organisation type: 
    Charity

    Sunday Assembly is a secular community which strives to help people 'Live Better, Help Often, and Wonder More.' Connection and community are at the heart of everything we do and dedicated...