Reach is seeking to strengthen our board of trustees with new members who will bring energy, enthusiasm and ideas as we work to develop our services and deepen our impact. We have two trustees coming to the end of their final term of office in June 2021 and another two (including the Chair) in the following year.
About Reach Volunteering
Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK and the single largest source of trustees for the charities. We help charities and other social purpose organisations find the skills they need but can’t otherwise access. We support charities to identify their needs and to promote their skills-based volunteering and trustee opportunities, we recruit people willing to share their expertise, and we enable these charities and volunteers to find their perfect match.
What you will be doing
Our trustees play a vital role in making sure that Reach achieves its core purpose. They strategically oversee the management and administration of the charity. They also make sure that Reach has a clear strategy and that our work and goals are in line with our vision. Just as importantly, they support and challenge the executive team to enable Reach to grow and thrive, and through this, support the thousands of organisations and volunteers that it serves.
As a small charity, there will be times when the trustees will need to be actively involved beyond board meetings. This may involve leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, presenting externally, or other areas in which the trustee has special expertise.
Please see the complete trustee role description in the candidate pack.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for people willing to bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the role, and who will broaden the diversity of thinking on our board. You do not need previous governance experience – we will provide a full induction and training.
We are committed to putting equity, diversity and inclusion at to the heart of our services and how we operate. Increasing the diversity of our board is an important step towards this goal. We would especially welcome applications from people from Black, Asian and ethnic minoritised backgrounds; people with a disability and younger people (under 35 years), who are all currently under-represented on our board.
We are particularly interested in applications from people with one or more of the following skills.
- Governance and/or volunteering and/or organisational development at charity sector level: knowledge of sector level approaches to strengthening governance, championing skills-based volunteering and / or organisational development. A trustee with this expertise would help lead board discussions about our service direction and priorities, help raise Reach’s public profile in these areas and draw on their networks to further Reach’s work (for example, building relationships with prospective partners, collaborators and funders).
- Diversity and inclusion: expertise in building an intersectional approach to equity. A trustee with this expertise would help ensure that equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are at the heart of all board discussions and decisions. They would help Reach take a strategic approach to EDI and embed it in our services and operations.
- Experience of leading a small / medium sized charity and current experience of challenges of leading a small to medium sized charity (between c. £10K - £500K), and first hand experience of involving skills-based volunteers in their work, and of recruiting new trustees for their board.
A trustee with this expertise would bring lived experience of charities’ user needs and add depth to board representation of our users. They would help ensure that our service remains focused on the right things.
- Design-led approaches: expertise in service / sustainable design approaches, centred on user needs within the context of the wider ecosphere.
A trustee with this expertise would help ensure that board discussions and decisions are grounded in an understanding of our service design approach. They will support and challenge Reach to remain focused on user needs, and use a robust, iterative, test and learn approach, and also bring an appreciation of the importance of wider system of organisational support within which Reach operates. This will help embed continuous improvement, and ensure that our service is relevant and impactful.
- Business development: expertise in developing and marketing product offerings, on a profitable basis. A trustee with this expertise would contribute an entrepreneurial mindset to our board, and help inform our strategy for developing our paid service offerings.
Attending five board meetings annually. Currently meetings are held remotely on zoom. Once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted it is envisaged that meetings will take place in central London with provision made for remote attendance if preferred. Attending a half day strategy session. Ad hoc and occasional support through working groups and / or support to the executive team.
What our current trustees say
This is what two of our current trustees have said about their experiences.
“There is a mutually supportive and respectful relationship between the CEO, staff, volunteers and trustees and this carries through into trustee meetings, which are business-like – occasionally robust – but always friendly and constructive."
“Joining Reach has enabled me to contribute my skills and play a small part in helping the charity survive and indeed prosper in challenging times. Equally importantly I have learned loads about governance, the importance of a strong and supportive Board and have had the privilege to work with an experienced and friendly Board and executive”.
How to apply
Please send a short letter outlining why you are interested in joining our board, your relevant skills and experience and how you think you could apply your skills and experience to strengthen our board. Please also attach a CV or similar (LinkedIn profile, portfolio etc). Send your application to email@example.com
If you have any questions prior to making an application or would like to speak to one of our trustees or our CEO please contact Rachel Ord to make the arrangements: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline is 3 March 2021. Interviews will be held weeks commencing 15 and 23 March 2021.