If you are interested in applying to be a trustee, please contact the advice centre you are interested in being a Trustee for.

Role Description

Rushcliffe Borough: Advice centres currently in West Bridgford, Cotgrave, Bingham, Radcliffe-on-Trent and Keyworth

Supervising member of staff

Purpose of Role
To sit on the board of trustees for the Advice Centre and assist with the smooth running of the organisation.

Responsibilities /role description
To work with other trustees to;

1. Ensure that the Advice Centre complies with its constitution, charity law and other relevant legislation or regulations
2. Ensure that the Advice Centre pursues its charitable objects as defined in the constitution
3. Ensure that the Advice Centre applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects
4. Contribute actively to the Board’s role in giving firm strategic direction to the Advice Centre, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
5. Safeguard the good name and values of the Advice Centre.
6. Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Advice Centre
7. Ensure the financial stability of the Advice Centre
8. Protect and manage the property of the Advice Centre and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds
9. Appoint and support the Chair and Manager and monitor their performance.

Trustee responsibilities
Each individual member of the trustee board has a responsibility to contribute to the discharging of the board’s duties. They can do this by:
• Maintaining an awareness of the business of the Advice Centre
• taking responsibility for his or her own learning and development
• Regularly attending, preparing for and taking a full part in meetings
• Actively contributing to setting policy and strategic direction, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance
• Monitoring whether the service complies with its constitution, whether it meets common standards of practice and how well the advice needs of the local community are being met

• Monitoring the financial position of the Advice Centre and ensuring that it operates within its means and objects.
• Actively seeking to further the strategic objectives of the Advice Centre, and acting in the best interests of the organisation at all times
• Maintaining confidentiality about any sensitive/confidential information received in the course of duties as a trustee.

Trustee person specification
All trustees will need to have integrity and commitment. However not every trustee will need to have the full range of experience needed by the Board as a whole.
Personal skills and qualities
• Commitment and availability to attend trustee board meetings
• Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussion
• Willingness to gain knowledge of local needs and resources
• Commitment to the aims, principles and policies of the Advice Centre, including those relating to equal opportunities and independence.
• Willingness and ability to act in the best interests of the Advice Centre
• Ability to understand and accept their responsibilities and liabilities as trustees
• Numeracy at a level required to understand the Centre’s accounts with the support of the Treasurer
• Willingness and ability to learn, and to develop and examine their own attitudes
• Ability to think creatively and strategically, and exercise fair, independent judgement
• Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

A balanced Board should reflect the breadth of the organisation for which it works and from which it draws supporters. Our Equal Opportunities Policy, which ensures equal access to the services of the organisation and equal opportunities in volunteer recruitment procedures, will also be applied to the procedures for nominating trustees.

Time Commitment Required
The role of a Board member requires an estimated commitment of: 2-4 hours per month and some flexibility may be required.