Trustee Board Member for West Lancashire Scouts Trustee Board

Trustee Board Member for West Lancashire Scouts Trustee Board

At a glance


  • Financial management
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning


Preston, PR3 2EU
Mainly at home


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month


20 Jul 2024

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Welcome to Reach Volunteering. We are a community and registered charity that connects people, skills and good causes.

To apply for this role, and any other on our platform, you need to be based in the UK, have at least three years of experience using the skills you wish to volunteer in a professional capacity or have lived experience (for trustee roles). Read more about our criteria.

Our trustees are there to help us develop West Lancashire Scouts, meet our charitable objectives and make sure we’re well governed. Being a trustee is incredibly rewarding. 

What will you be doing?

Role purpose: To develop West Lancashire Scouts in keeping with its charitable objectives and in the parameters of good governance.

Main responsibilities

  1. To take part in formulating and regularly reviewing the strategic aims of West Lancashire Scouts, and provide direction for its ongoing development, aligned with the UK Scout Association.
  2. With other Trustees, to make sure that our policy and practices are in keeping with our aims.
  3. With other Trustees, to exercise effective control, making sure that we function within the legal and financial requirements of a charitable organisation and strives to achieve best practice.
  4. With other Trustees, to fulfil all other duties as laid out by law and in accordance with our Bye Laws.
  5. To sit on at least one of the Board’s sub-committees, working groups, or area of governance. 

Main duties

1. Developing and reviewing strategic aims

  • consider the organisation as a whole, including its affiliated charities, and its members.
  • reflect the our vision, strategy, major policies and values at all times.
  • contribute specific skills, experience and contacts in support of our activities.

2. Ensuring policies and practices are in keeping with aims

  • abide by the principles laid down in the person specification (and code of conduct).
  • attend meetings of the Trustee Board (there are normally 4 per year as well as the AGM) and other meetings required to carry out duties.
  • reflect the Trustees’ policies and concerns in all relevant interactions.
  • assist in the implementation of our strategic goals.
  • monitor and evaluate performance against strategic aims.

3. Exercise effective control and ensure best practice

  • attend training and development opportunities as appropriate, including an induction programme on taking up the role of Trustee, and Trustee briefings.
  • work effectively as a team member of the Trustee Board in exercising its responsibilities and functions.
  • take an active role in sub-committee or working groups, contributing specialist skills, experience and knowledge as required.
  • protect the assets and integrity of the charity, with regard to best practice.
  • maintain good relations with our staff.
  • fulfil such other duties and assignments as may be required from time to time by the Trustee Board.

What are we looking for?

As a Trustee you should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A record of proven and significant achievement in your own field.
  • An understanding of the type of work undertaken by Scouts and commitment to our values and ethos.
  • A personal alignment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • Successful experience, or understanding, of operating on a board or committee in a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation.
  • Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders and colleagues to achieve organisational objectives.
  • Confident and effective communication skills with a range of audiences and the ability to challenge in a constructive way.

Strategic leadership experience in one or more the following areas would be particularly welcomed;

  • Safety/ safety assurance
  • Governance Assurance
  • Finance
  • HR/Staffing
  • Property Management 


  • An understanding of how to motivate and enthuse volunteers.
  • A proven track record of sound judgment and effective decision making.
  • Willingness to develop an understanding of the key scout appointments and roles.
  • A track record of commitment to promoting equality and diversity.
  • Enthusiasm, energy and time to commit to this role. As a minimum, this will be 5 meetings a year, usually held on a Thursday evening in Preston, Lancashire.
  • We welcome applications from external applicants as well as members of West Lancs Scouts.

What difference will you make?

As Scouts, we help young people gain skills for life. We’re a movement of doers and give it a goers, inspiring a generation of young people to step forward, speak up and play their part.

We offer everything from kayaking, abseiling, coding and photography to expeditions overseas. Scouts learn survival skills, first aid, programming and even how to fly a plane. We’re especially proud of the opportunities we offer to young people to create social impact in our communities, through our campaign, A Million Hands.

Helping young people gain skills for life is only possible thanks to our incredible team of over 3,000 adult volunteers in West Lancs Scouts. From working directly with young people, helping manage a local community-based Group, to being a charity Trustee, volunteers are the lifeblood of our movement. Our volunteers get to learn key skills too and over 90% of Scout volunteers say that their skills and experiences have been useful in their work or personal life.

We’re proud to say we are a values-based movement, and the values of Integrity, Respect, Care, Belief and Cooperation guide everything we do.

Our trustees are there to help us develop West Lancashire Scouts, meet our charitable objectives and make sure we’re well governed. Being a trustee is incredibly rewarding. That said, you’ll need to think carefully about the time required to prepare and attend meetings; generally five per year plus our AGM, usually on Thursday evenings in Preston, Lancashire.

Before you apply

Please apply via Reach.

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