About the role
The Bikeability Trust is the national charity for Bikeability, the Government’s programme of cycle training. Cycling is a life skill and learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage. Education, together with engineering and enforcement, helps more people cycle, more safely, more often.
Bikeability is based on the government’s National Standard for cycle and instructor training. It prepares people to cycle everywhere cycling is permitted, and contributes to delivering the transport, environmental, health and economic benefits that more people cycling promises.
Our Trustee Board works closely with our Executive Team to ensure that we continue to provide an outstanding programme; maintain our focus on innovation and development; and remain appropriately resourced to fulfil our mission. Our Trustee Team provides strategic leadership and expertise from a range of backgrounds and industries that gives the Bikeability Trust the direction and insight to lead cycle training.
We are looking to recruit new members to join our Board of Trustees to fill vacancies created by retiring Board members. We are ideally looking for 2-3 new members.
We are looking for individuals with experience as a Charity Trustee, Non-Executive Director in a senior role, at board level, or similar. You will have the ability to be an effective ambassador and influencer for the Bikeability Trust and be committed to the aims and objectives of the Trust, maintaining a genuine interest in our work. You will be a strategic and creative thinker and be able to work effectively as part of a team.
We are largely looking for individuals with skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Experience of working at a senior level in a HR workforce and change management
- Experience of working in Local Government
- Experience of working within Cycling Industry
- Experience of working in policy road safety or travel planning
We particularly welcome applicants from our under represented areas which includes applicants from BAME groups, in addition to diverse gender, age and disabled groups.
If this sounds like you then we will be excited to hear from you.
The role of a Trustee of the Bikeability Trust is voluntary and Trustees will not receive remuneration for their services on the Board. Out of pocket expenses incurred by the Trustees in the course of carrying out the role will be reimbursed in accordance with the organisation’s expenses policy.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Emily Cherry, Executive Director on 07980 556467.
Please have a look at our website for further information on all aspects of Bikeability Trust.
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Closing date: 25th September with Virtual Interviews on 15th and 16th October
Role of the Board of Trustees and Board Member Role Description
The Role of the Board of Trustees:
The Board of Trustees is responsible for developing and maintaining the overall strategy for The Bikeability Trust to deliver against its charitable objects.
The role of the Board of Trustees is to govern The Bikeability Trust in line with its vision, aims and charitable objectives and to provide overall policy direction.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Charity, developing its aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the Constitution, legal requirements and regulatory guidelines.
It is collectively responsible for promoting the success of the Charity by directing and supervising the Charity’s affairs. Its role is to provide leadership within a framework of prudent and effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed.
Board Member Role Description:
- To actively seek to further the strategic objectives of the organisation and to act in its best interests at all times;
- To actively contribute to setting policy and strategic direction;
- To sit on committees and working groups as required;
- To provide advice and guidance in subject areas where the Trustee has particular expertise to the Board and Chief Executive where appropriate;
- To regularly prepare for, attend and take a full part in meetings;
- To follow the Trustee code of conduct;
- To maintain the fiduciary duty invested in the position, undertaking such duties in a way that adds to public confidence and trust in the charity;
- To disclose any potential conflict of interest;
- To maintain confidentiality about any sensitive/confidential information received in the course of duties as a trustee;
- To undergo an induction upon appointment and ongoing training to remain alert to, and aware of, their duties and responsibilities, and of the environment in which they operate;
- To maintain good communications and working relationships with the other Trustees and to abide by and support the collective decisions made by the Board, explaining implications of them where necessary;
- To act as an ambassador for The Bikeability Trust and the wider Bikeability programme;
- To maintain good communications and working relationships with all other parts of Bikeability nationally.
- To approve and own the strategic direction for the organisation including its vision, aims and strategies and to guide The Bikeability Trust to achieve its aims in the most efficient and effective manner consistent with organisational values and approach;
- To approve strategic plans, budgets, reserves policy and position and authorisation limits;
- To ensure that the policies, plans and budgets of the organisation are in keeping with its aims;
- To monitor and evaluate the progress of the organisation against its strategic aims, objectives and financial targets;
- To monitor regularly the context and operating environment in which The Bikeability Trust works and to address emerging issues that may impact on strategy, implementation of plans or reputation with key stakeholders;
- To ensure an ongoing risk assessment and management process is in place across the organisation that is informing policies, procedures and plans and that Trustees are updated on this and advised of any significant changes as they occur;
- To take ultimate responsibility for the management and administration of the charity,employ and supervise a Chief Executive and delegate to him/her the day to day management of the organisation and implementation of the strategy;
- To ensure that the organisation functions within the legal and financial requirements of a registered charity – financial, charitable, health and safety, employment, data protection etc;
- To approve annual reports and accounts for The Bikeability Trust;
- To ensure that a process for declaring interests is in place.
The term of office for a Trustee is three years.
The Board meets on a quarterly basis to ensure compliance with the charitable objects in support of its beneficiaries. There may also be special strategic meetings during the year. Between meetings trustees support and advise the executive team on topics relevant to their expertise.