Trustee

Trustee

Trustee/Governor
J65389
At a glance

Skills

  • Accountancy / Auditing
  • Financial management
  • Digital and IT strategy
  • General / operations management
  • HR
  • Governance

Where

Epsom, KT17 9JB
Mainly at home, or remote opportunity.
Travel limit? Trustees can live anywhere in the UK.

Time

Mostly during office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Approx 4-5 hours a month - attending meetings and dealing with emails.

Become a trustee of the Pelvic Radiation Disease Association and help people affected by Pelvic Radiation Disease, a debilitating long-term side effect of cancer treatment that impacts on quality of life for 100,000 people in the UK. 

What will you be doing?

The Pelvic Radiation Disease Association is a small UK charity with a big voice.  Become a trustee and help people affected by Pelvic Radiation Disease (PRD), a debilitating long-term side effect of cancer treatment.

The impact of cancer and its treatment on people’s lives can be life-long. Every day PRDA  is trying to make a difference for people whose quality of life has been badly affected by the long-term side effects of pelvic radiotherapy for cancers such as prostate, bowel, cervical, womb and bladder. These side effects (called Pelvic Radiation Disease or PRD) include permanent and extremely debilitating problems with bowel and bladder control, sexual difficulties, pain, fatigue, swelling and poor mobility.  People affected by PRD need to be given the best possible care and treatment; it is critical that PRD is accepted as a serious problem and is given the attention it deserves. We have the support of health professionals and researchers across the UK.

We are very keen to recruit a number of additional trustees to help PRDA expand so that it can provide help to more people affected by Pelvic Radiation Disease. Having made several recent appointments, we are now looking specifically for people with accountancy or IT backgrounds.

 As a trustee of PRDA, you will help the governance of the charity by ensuring that we:

  • Are providing high quality services to meet the needs of people affected by PRD
  • Are growing the number of people we reach
  • Are financially sound
  • Are using our resources wisely, and
  • Are planning sensibly for the future.

The board of trustees are implementing a new way of working, so that by late 2020, trustee meetings will be every 2 months (instead of monthly) and last about 1.5 hours, usually by Skype. Once a year we hold an all-day strategy day, usually in London.

 A meeting will be arranged with shortlisted applicants. Closing date – the advert is open until we have recruited sufficient trustees.

What are we looking for?

Each trustee must have:

  • a commitment to the vision and aims of the Pelvic Radiation Disease Association 
  • willingness to meet the minimum time requirement
  • integrity
  • strategic vision
  • good, independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • a willingness to speak their mind
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of PRDA.

 

Ideally, a trustee should also have one or more of the following:

  • Understanding of the impact of Pelvic Radiation Disease on people’s lives either through personal or professional connections, or be willing to learn about this;
  • Prior experience of committee/trustee work;
  • Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by PRDA (helpline, support groups, online support, health professional engagement, awareness-raising) and/or fundraising for a small charity, and
  • Leadership skills.
  • Having made several recent appointments, we are now looking specifically for people with accountancy or IT backgrounds.

 

A trustee is expected to use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve:

  • Promoting the interests of PRDA at all opportunities
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives
  • Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise

Minimum time commitment Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings (by Skype or in person, during working hours) and to have read the board papers. Until late 2020, the trustee board will meet monthly, following which meetings will be every 2 months.  As an option, trustees may wish to volunteer to join an operational team (for example on fundraising), made up largely of volunteers. Trustees are invited to the annual PRDA Friend’s meeting, which takes place during the day in March.

What difference will you make?

 As a trustee of PRDA, you will help the governance of the charity by ensuring that we:

  • Are providing high quality services to meet the needs of people affected by PRD;
  • Are growing the number of people we reach;
  • Are financially sound;
  • Are using our resources wisely, and
  • Are planning sensibly for the future.

What's in it for the volunteer?

PRDA is unusual amongst cancer-related charities, many of whom focus on campaigning for better diagnosis and treatment of cancer, funding cancer research or supporting patients through diagnosis, treatment and at the end of life. Instead, PRDA is focused on the period after treatment has ended when the long term side effects of pelvic radiotherapy can impact a person's quality of life very badly - this is still under-recognised by the medical community. PRDA is a small charity and urgently needs help to move to the next level so that we can help many more people. We are looking for people with accountancy and IT/digital experience to boost our trustee board.

Before you apply

See job description attached for full details. For an informal chat with a trustee, please contact us. To apply, please send your expression of interest and your CV addressed to Richard Surman, Chair of board of trustees . A meeting will be arranged with shortlisted applicants.
Causes
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Pelvic Radiation Disease (PRD) is a long-term side-effect (‘late effect’) of pelvic radiotherapy treatment affecting an estimated 100,000 people in the UK.  People affected by PRD often have a...