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Board Members

Employer
Aspen People
Location
Scotland (GB)
Salary
Non Renumerated
Closing date
2 Nov 2022

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Sector
Charity and not for profit, Community, Board trustees
Salary band
Unremunerated
Contract type
Short term role
Hours
Part Time
Where will they be working?
Flexible
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This is an exciting time to join our Board as we approach the mid-point of our ten year strategy, ‘Building an Impact Economy’.

The SIS board are responsible for setting and agreeing our strategy and the associated action plans that guide progress. In the Spring of 2022 we agreed the second action plan in line with this ten year vision. This plan, ‘Turning up the Volume’, aims to articulate a bolder and more confident vision for SIS and the broader social enterprise sector.

Alongside strategy oversight, the Board and its committees are responsible for monitoring financial progress, the audit cycle, overseeing risk and ensuring robust financial management and oversight of SIS funds and group companies, including SIS Ventures and the Social Growth Fund.

You will provide strong, focussed governance to the charity and bring a breadth of experience and specialist knowledge that helps shape our future success.

We have three board committees that advise on aspects of our work; Audit and Finance; Risk; and Remuneration and Appointments. There are two Fund Boards with formal linkages to the Group Board: our FCA authorised subsidiary SIS Ventures that makes equity investments into impact led enterprises; and the Social Growth Fund – a partnership between SIS and Big Society Capital providing higher value loans to charities and social enterprises.

Vice-Chair / Chair Designate

3 to 4 days per month on average, 3 year term with possible renewal for one further term of 3 years

Ken Barclay, SIS Chair, will have completed two full terms at the end of December 2023. To prepare for this important transition, as well as providing support to the Chair and the rest of the board in the meantime, we are looking to appoint a Vice Chair who will support a full board annual cycle in preparation for taking over as Chair at the end of 2023.

Social Growth Fund Chair

3 to 4 days per month on average, 3 year term with possible renewal for one further term of 3 years

The Social Growth Fund (SGF) is a multi-million pound programme of social investment with funding from the Scottish Government, Big Society Capital and the University of Edinburgh. The Fund provides larger amounts of funding to charities and social enterprises across Scotland. Alongside oversight of the deployment of the current fund, the SGF board has responsibility for monitoring the performance of the loan portfolios including credit risk and impact management.

The SGF Chair will convene quarterly meetings of the SGF board and act as a key point of contact for investors and an ambassador for this important funding programme. The SGF Chair will also serve on the SIS Board.

Board member(s)

1-2 days per month on average, 3 year term with possible renewal for on further term of 3 years

We are seeking up to four new voluntary Board Members to help us deliver our strategic priorities. Specifically, we are looking for new members with experience in the following, recognising some candidates may have experience in multiple areas:

  • Corporate governance Charity / social enterprise leadership Legal expertise Accountancy / finance expertise; CA qualification preferred Impact measurement and reporting Early stage / young company finance expertise / familiarity with the entrepreneurial eco system Debt fund management.

These skills are sought to ensure we have a balanced group of individuals on our Board. It is helpful if you have previous Non-Executive Board experience, but we can also provide support and training for the right person. Most importantly you will work collaboratively with other Board members, and our CEO and Leadership Team, care about our mission, and be ambitious and enthusiastic for our future.   We are looking for candidates who are interested in joining our committees.

For a confidential discussion about the posts contact Debbie Shields or David Currie on Aspen People website.

Further information is available at Aspen People website

Application is by way of a CV and supporting statement in one document.  Please explain why you are interested in the role, and provide clear evidence to highlight the expertise, skills and knowledge you believe will be relevant. Please also provide details of two referees (please note that referees will not be contacted until offer stage or without prior consent).

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