Trustee of Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services

  • Job Reference: trusteerecruitment21
  • Date posted: 29 March 2021
  • Recruiter: Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services
  • Location: LCVS
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Umbrella, Support & Volunteering
  • Job type: Trustee
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Work hours: Part Time

Job description

For over a century, Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services has been working to improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities in Liverpool through supporting and encouraging charitable giving and voluntary action and by bringing people, organisations and resources together.

We provide support, advice, training, networking and representation for the Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector (VCFS) across the Liverpool City Region and we help donors distribute over £4m every year to charitable organisations, both here in the UK and across the world, but with a focus on Liverpool.

The organisation is at an exciting time in its development with a new CEO, a clear strategy and new challenges ahead. The Board is seeking to appoint enthusiastic, innovative and vocal individuals who will support our future journey.  There are a number of Trustee vacancies, one of which will also replace our outgoing Chair in December 2021. 

The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, developing the organisations aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

Main responsibilities

  • Ensuring the charity complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • Acting in the best interest of the charity, beneficiaries and future beneficiaries at all times
  • Promoting and developing the charity in order for it to grow and maintain its relevance to society. This includes involvement in campaigning and fundraising activites
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Maintaining sound financial management of the charity’s resources, to protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds ensuring expenditure is in line with the organisations objects and investment policies
  • To ensure the Charity uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are
  • Interviewing, appointing and monitoring the work and activities of the senior paid staff.
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the charity and its resources, striving for best practise in good governance
  • Acting as a counter-signatory on charity cheques and any applications for funds, if appropriate
  • To maintain absolute confidentiality about all sensitive, confidential information received in the course of trustee’s responsibilities to the charity.

    Other Duties

    In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may include:

  • scrutinizing board papers
  • leading discussions
  • focusing on key issues
  • providing guidance on new initiatives 

Charitable Objects

  • To promote, assist and encourage charitable endeavor in Liverpool and its vicinity and beyond and the effective and economical management of charitable funds
  • To promote the voluntary sector for the benefit of the public
  • To promote, assist and encourage the advancement of education
  • To improve the health of the community and, to that end, to promote, encourage and provide facilities for recreation and leisure time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life
  • To promote any object for their benefit of the community which now are or hereafter may be deemed by law to be charitable.

LCVS Articles of Association

3.4 The Trustees shall include amongst their functions the obligation to:-

3.4.1 establish a strategy and policies and plans to achieve the objectives of the Charity having regard to advice from any Chief Executive appointed by the Charity from time to time;

3.4.2 establish a financial and budgetary framework within which the Charity shall operate;

3.4.3 establish and oversee a framework of delegation and systems of control;

3.4.4 agree policies and make decisions on all matters that may create significant financial risk to the Charity, or which affect material issues of principle;

3.4.5 monitor the Charity’s performance in relation to the strategies, policies, plans, financial controls and budgets and other decisions of the Trustees:

3.4.6 appoint (and if necessary remove) the Chief Executive or other senior member of staff;

And none of the above functions shall be capable of delegation, provided that the Trustees may by exercise of their powers of delegation or otherwise seek and obtain advice in relation to any such functions.

Accountable to

As the Board is responsible and liable for the governance and functioning of the charity, it is accountable in varying degrees to a variety of stakeholders, including: Service users, Members, Funders, the Charity Commission and Companies House. Close attention must be given to the Governing Document to ascertain the type of organisational structure and range of interested parties.

 Person Specification :

Essential Attributes:

  • Commitment to the organisation
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic Vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team

 Skills and experience

The LCVS Board is looking for individuals with knowledge or expertise in the areas of law, property/estate management, digital/social media, marketing or public sector commissioning.

Trustees must

  • Be over age 18.
  • Not an undischarged bankrupt.
  • Have not previously been removed from trusteeship of a charity by a Court or the Charity Commission.
  • Not be under a disqualification order under the Company Directors' Disqualification Act 1986.
  • Have not been convicted of an offence involving deception or dishonesty (unless the conviction is spent).
  • Not be disqualified by the Charities Act 1993 (section 72) from acting as a charity trustee.
  • Not have any financial interests in conflict with those of Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (either in person or through family or business connections) except those which have been formally notified in a conflict of interest statement. Should specifically notify any such interest at any meeting where trustees are required to make a decision which affects personal interests, and will be absent entirely from any decision on the matter and not vote on it.

 For further information and to apply please visit www.lcvs.org.uk/trusteerecruitment/