Sight Life (formerly Cardiff Institute for the Blind) is looking for one or more trustees to bring property management and legal experience to our board at a potentially pivotal moment in our development.
Sight Life is recruiting one or more new trustees ideally with experience of property management and/or charity law. Knowledge of change management, business development and income generation would be a bonus. Our board has three or four regular meetings a year (all virtual at the moment using MS Teams and tele-conferencing), plus other ad hoc meetings when necessary. We also communicate extensively by email and occasionally by phone.
In light of Covid-19 and other developments we see opportunities in the coming years to adapt how the charity works while continuing to deliver services and support to people with sight loss across south Wales. In the short to medium term this is likely to mean some project work requiring more than routine board meeting attendance.
Helping to maintain, manage and maximise income from our central Cardiff office building is likely to be an important aspect of our future strategy. This is where practical experience of property management will be crucial in supporting our senior managers. Similarly, we envisage an increased need for legal expertise in a number of areas. Experience of charity and property law would be ideal, but we are interested in hearing from solicitors with other expertise which could be of use to us.
We believe that as new trustees you will be able to put your experience, knowledge and skills to practical use developing and guiding one of Wales' oldest charities and making life better for thousands of people. For the foreseeable future we expect most if not all trustee input to be remote from home. If and when it is safe to do so, the ability to attend meetings in our central Cardiff office would be helpful, but is not essential.
Our ideal new trustees will have extensive experience and qualifications in property management and the law. Experience of change management, income generation, working with charities and vision impairment would be bonuses. Knowledge of other business support services (such as HR and IT) could be useful too. As a board we already have communications, marketing and media experience.
As we are a Wales based charity we hope to recruit trustees in Wales too. Experience of working with Welsh Government, other Wales based organisations and knowledge of the Welsh language are desirable but not essential.
Knowledge of vision impairment is not essential, but an understanding of disability issues and a willingness to learn about the challenges facing our users would be helpful.
Covid-19 and other factors have prompted Sight Life to re-think how we do some things. For instance, we've already switched many of our support services, clubs and social groups to operate virtually rather than face to face. At the same time, we also see opportunities to make organisational changes and that's where we need guidance and advice from experts in property and the law. At the very least, we believe these planned changes should help us overcome the financial and practical challenges triggered by Covid-19. In the longer term, we believe these planned changes will make the charity more secure and - crucially - enable us to help more people who face the everyday struggle of living with sight loss.
As a trustee you will be a volunteer. Among the reasons our volunteers tell us they enjoy their contribution to Sight Life are that:
In addition, many of our volunteers use skills and experience gleaned and developed over many years that might otherwise go to waste. Others find opportunities to do and try things they've never done before.
We hope that our new trustees will quickly feel part of our team and enjoy the same rewards.