We are seeking new Trustees
We are seeking new trustees   We are seeking up to five people with strategic vision and a commitment to our values to join our board of trustees, as trustees.  To nominate yourself for this role you should to be a service user or volunteering for us, although in exceptional circumstances persons with rare skills may be taken on without direct experience of the charity. You will need to devote the necessary time, have independent judgement and an ability to think creatively.  You will be collectively responsible along with another five trustees already on the board for directing our strategy and policy.  In return, you will have the opportunity to support and develop the plans of the charity.   Particular skills and experience We are keen that the board is representative of the geographical area, and the user group we service, specifically those affected by HIV in the Brighton and Hove and surrounding areas. We are also keen to have a more diverse board of trustees and welcome applications from all sections of the community.   Expectations of trustees You will be asked to attend a minimum of four (out of 6 or 7) board meetings per year, an annual team-building event and join an event group to ensure active involvement in at least one area of the charity.  In addition you will need to spend time preparing for these meetings and undertake any follow up work.  We anticipate you will be expected to contribute approximately 1.5 days each quarter.   Support offered We pay trustees travel expenses, provide an induction to the organisation, and can help you to access training.  We also have access to the community works governance network, which provides support to trustees in the city in which you may wish to participate.  Whilst we can offer cover of necessary expenses to do the role potential, trustees are reminded that by law, they are not permitted to make any gains (financial, commercial or employment) from their duties as a trustee,   To nominate If you would like to know more about the role, contact our email peeractionemail@gmail.com     Roles and responsibilities of our trustees   The duties of our trustees are to: 1            Ensure that the charity complies with its governing document, charity and company law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations 2            Ensure that the charity pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document. 3            Ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives.  The organisation must not spend money on activities, which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are 4            Contribute actively to the board of trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the charity, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets 5            Safeguard the good name and values of the charity when representing it at functions and meetings.  Where a trustee is specifically representing the charity in an ambassadorial capacity, the Chair will agree this and any key messages or presentation in advance 6            Declare any conflict of interest while carrying out the duties of a trustee 7            Be collectively responsible for the actions of the organisation and other trustees 8            Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity 9            Abide by the Equal Opportunities, Safeguarding, Confidentiality, Diversity, and other Policies 10          Ensure the financial stability and sustainability of the charity 11          Protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds 12          Make sure the charity is properly insured against all reasonable liabilities 13          Attend meetings, and read papers in advance of meetings 14          Attend sub-committee meetings as appropriate 15          Participate in other tasks as arise from time to time, such as managing events and helping with fundraising 16          Keep informed about the activities of the charity and wider issues that affect its work.   In addition to the above statutory duties of all trustees, each trustee should use any specific knowledge or experience they have to help the trustees reach sound decisions.  This will involve scrutinising papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, and providing advice and guidance requested by trustees on new initiatives and other issues. Trusted person specification Each trustee must have:               Integrity, honesty, openness, and good interpersonal skills.               A commitment to the charity and its objectives               An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship               A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee               Good, independent judgement               An ability to think creatively and a willingness to speak their mind               An ability to work effectively as a member of a team ..more..