Trustee with corporate/charity law knowledge and experience
About The Road Safety Trust
The Road Safety Trust is the largest independent grant-giver in the field of road safety, having made £3.9m of grant awards to 56 road safety initiatives since it was established in 2015. Its Vision is to have zero road deaths and serious injuries on UK roads and its Purpose is to make UK roads safer for all road users, achieving impact through the funding of practical measures, research, dissemination and education.
What will you be doing?
All Trustees are expected to:
- promote and develop The Road Safety Trust whilst retaining its core values and aims ensure The Road Safety Trust complies with legislative and regulatory requirements, acts within the framework of its governing documentation and in furtherance of its strategic aims appoint the CEO and ensure appropriate support and supervision for the post holder, and ensure sound management of resources, ensuring that any investment/new activity meets appropriate criteria of organisational aims and objectives
In addition to the general duties of Trustee Board members, you would be a member of the Audit & Risk Committee which:
- Oversees the production of the organisation's annual accounts and recommends them to the Board for approval
- Reviews the effectiveness of internal and external auditors and recommends reappointment or change to the RST Board
- On behalf of the Board, scrutinises any aspect of the work of the organisation against the criteria of best practice and reports as appropriate
- Reviews and challenges (where appropriate): the organisation's financial, accounting and tax policies, practices and processes, including IT
- The organisation's internal control systems, including policies for addressing fraud; the arrangements for controlling and reporting organisation expenditure
- The organisation's assessment and management of risk
- The results of the external audit, including the management letter and the response by management to the points raised in the letter
- The implementation of recommendations from internal and external audit reports, and arrangements to sign off the organisation's final set of statutory accounts in the event of the organisation's closure.
- Reports annually to the Board on its views of the governance of the organisation and its own effectiveness
- Approves any significant changes to insurance cover that increases risk to the organisation
- Approves any changes to the organisation's internal audit arrangements
- Reviews the Investment Policy annually to ensure the organisation invests in line with this policy, the Risk and Reserves Policies and maintains a suitable balance to reflect its risk appetite
- Reviews and makes recommendations about the RST Risk Register to the Board of Trustees This role is mainly at home
What are we looking for?
Essential (see page 9 of the Trustee Candidate Pack for our Audit & Risk Committee Skills Matrix for further info)
- A knowledge and understanding of both charity governance and company law
- Experience of audit and accounting processes, financial planning and financial control.
- A sound and practical understanding of strategic risk management, monitoring and evaluating performance.
- Strategic or business planning experience.
- Ability to work at a strategic level, think creatively and criticise constructively.
- Good, independent judgement and a willingness to speak your mind.
- A firm belief in and commitment to the organisation’s purpose.
- Commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
- An understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
- Skills/experience in investments, digital/IT and/or employment law
- Substantial experience in a leadership role
- A financial qualification
What difference will you make?
Trustees of The Road Safety Trust play a role in helping us to save lives and reduce injuries on our roads through the grants awarded each year. Our Audit & Risk Committee members play a crucial role in the assurance of good governance and oversight for the charity in its risk management and internal and statutory auditing. It is an exciting time to become a Trustee as we implement our 3-year strategy and build on progress made with our impact reporting.
Mostly during office hours. Estimate of time needed: 1-3 hours / week. Approximately 8-10 days pa (4 Board Meetings pa plus 3-4 A&RC meetings pa), plus emails/reading time between meetings. Meetings tend to be near Euston station in London to enable ease of access for Trustees
Before you apply:
The Trust is keen to reach, and will welcome, applications from individuals with the necessary skill-sets in under-represented groups as part of its Trustee recruitment and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
Please write a supporting statement which outlines why you're interested in applying to be a Trustee, how you meet the required skills (see page 9 of the Trustee Candidate Pack) and any other information you feel relevant to the application. Submit together with your CV by the required deadline and we shall inform you a few weeks after that about whether your application is shortlisted. Thank you for your interest.
Please return applications via the following link: https://reachvolunteering.org.uk/opp/trustee-corporatecharity-law-knowledge-and-experience-join-road-safety-trust-board-and-audit.
Deadline: 31st August 2022