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Three Trustees (Non Execs) required for a £3m Care Home charity based in Kent/East Sussex.

We are seeking three new Trustees with one from each of these three areas to create a more balanced and diverse Board:

    • Finance (qualified Accountant)
    • Care/health industry
    • HR (to support new management in addressing some long-standing issues)

Candidates should have one (or more) of the above skills plus strong leadership skills and an interest in the not-for-profit sector.

As these are voluntary appointments no salary or fees are payable, though reasonable expenses will be paid.

The time commitment of approximately one day per month is expected to attend 6 Board of Trustee meetings per year plus Committee Meetings, preparatory work and attending some events at the Home.

The Charity

  • Our client is a £3m turnover Care Home based in Kent/East Sussex.
  • It is registered as a society with the Financial Conduct Authority and is an “exempt charity”.
  • New management, introduced in 2014, is addressing many long-standing issues which have not been dealt with for some years, which is where HR experience in a new Trustee would be most helpful.
  • The General Manager has responsibility for the day-to-day operational management of the business in line with the strategy agreed with the Board.
  • Its governing body is the Committee (known as the Board), which is composed of up to 15 Members (or ‘Committeemen’ as defined in the Rules and known as ‘Board members’ or ‘Trustees’). Currently, there are 9 Trustees. There are four Sub-Committees of the Board, the Audit, Compliance, Finance and Pensions Committees, which normally meet once, 6 times, 6 times and once a year respectively.
  • The Board’s role is to represent and promote the interests of the Care Home and its residents. The Board is responsible for ensuring that the goals of the Association (as contained in an annual budget and business plan) are clearly established and that strategies are in place for achieving them.

The Non-Executive Trustee Role 

  • The position is unremunerated and will require a time commitment of attending approx. 6 Board of Trustee meetings pa plus Committee Meetings, preparatory work and attending some events at the Home;
  • The appointment is not subject to a time limit and will start when approved by the Board. Trustees are subject to re-election by the Members of the Association at their first AGM and, thereafter, by rotation.
  • Trustees are required to take decisions objectively in the interests of the Association and to comply with the fiduciary duties of a Trustee. The Board as a whole is collectively responsible for its decisions and the success of the Association and for the care of the Home’s residents. All Trustees are equal and each has the same general legal responsibilities when acting within his or her authority.
  • The Board meets on alternate months and holds additional meetings as the occasion requires (for example, an annual ‘strategy day’). In addition to routine Board meetings you should allow time for Committee meetings, preparatory work and travel to and from such meetings. The Trustees are also encouraged to attend events at the Home.
  • This is a voluntary appointment and no salary or fees are payable, though reasonable expenses will be paid.
  • Ad hoc committees or working groups are formed for specific tasks, e.g. building projects, establishing a new pension scheme, senior management recruitment. You may be asked to serve on such Committees or groups, where your skills and experience are relevant to the purpose of such a Committee.
  • You will be provided with an induction programme.
  • The Association provides all its Trustees with professional indemnity insurance cover while acting in their capacities as such.

The Non-Executive Trustee Requirements

  • Specification for the three Trustee roles:
  • strong leadership and business skills (proven in a business situation) to ensure the efficient running of a Care Home;
  • expertise in appropriate risk management and regulatory compliance;
  • adherence to high standards of ethics and corporate and charitable behaviour that meets the objects for the care of the members of the community
  • a commitment to the not-for-profit sector

We are seeking three new Trustees with one from each of these three areas to create a more balanced and diverse Board:

    1. Finance (qualified Accountant)
    2. Care/health industry
    3. HR (to support new management in addressing some long-standing issues)

This role will close on Friday 19th June 2015. 

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