Trustees wanted for Birmingham-based older persons charity

Trustees wanted for Birmingham-based older persons charity

At a glance


  • Marketing strategy
  • Accountancy / Auditing
  • Financial management
  • Fundraising research / Bid writing
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Legal
  • HR
  • Property management
  • Social care / Counselling


Birmingham, B30 3FH
Mainly at the office
Travel limit? Trustees should be able to travel to our Head Office in Birmingham for quarterly meetings.


Mostly during office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Board meetings and sub-committee meetings are currently held quarterly on Wednesdays at 9.30am and last for 2-3 hours.

Does Your Passion Match Ours?

BCOP is seeking to recruit passionate and committed new trustees to its Board to help shape future strategy and direction at a pivotal time for the organisation.  

What will you be doing?

The most effective Boards are ones which benefit from the input from individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets. We are particularly interested in applicants with one or more of the following skills and/or experience:

  • Social housing property/capital projects
  • Senior/ strategic care home sector
  • Human Resources
  • Business Development
  • Marketing & Fundraising
  • Finance/Accountancy or Investment Management
  • Legal

As a Trustee, your role would include the following responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that the charity complies with its governing document and adheres to all relevant 
  • legislation and regulations
  • Contributing actively to the Board in giving strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of the organisation
  • Protecting and manage the assets of the organisation and to ensure the financial stability of the organisation

Board meetings are held quarterly at our Head Office in Kings Norton, Birmingham, and new trustees will also be invited to join one of the sub committees. Trustees also attend an annual planning event and a mid-year event bringing together Board and staff. 

The time commitment would be equivalent to a day per month. 

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for people who are keen to use their skills and experience, whether professional or personal, to make sure BCOP can continue to support older people for generations to come.  We’re particularly interested to hear from you if have direct experience of the issues facing our service users. No prior experience of sitting on a Board is necessary as we offer a full induction and training. You do need to have the time to fully participate as a Board Member – this equates to about 1 day a month.

Trustees of BCOP must offer the following:

  • Commitment to BCOP’s remit and objectives and to the organisation’s values
  • An interest in accommodation, support and care for older people
  • Basic IT skills and access to email
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee, including attendance at regular Board meetings 
  • A willingness and ability to work constructively as part of a multi-disciplinary Board
  • All Trustees are expected to act with integrity and as Ambassadors for the charity to support and promote its objectives more widely

What difference will you make?

The trustees of the Board hold the charity “in trust” for current and future beneficiaries by:

  • Ensuring that the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these
  • Being responsible for the performance of the charity and for its “corporate” behaviour
  • Acting as guardians of the charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application
  • Ensuring that the charity’s governance is of the highest possible standard.

What's in it for the volunteer?

This is an opportunity to use your skills and experience, whether professional or personal, to improve the lives of older people in Birmingham. All Trustees will have the opportunity to take part in a development programme so they get to know the organisation, the Executive and fellow Board members and acquire the information they need to fulfil their role as a trustee. 

Before you apply

Applications will be assessed on an ongoing basis, so please apply at the earliest opportunity. If shortlisted, you will need to submit an application form for the role.

  • Older people / later life
  • Social care
  • We are BCOP, a charity established in 1946.  We support older people in Birmingham, both in our nursing homes and through supported housing and independent living schemes.

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