About the roles
Role Description: Trustee
To be a Trustee of an organisation is an exciting and fulfilling role and the most effective Boards are ones which benefit from individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets. The role of a Trustee is to ensure that GFS fulfils its duty to its beneficiaries and delivers on our vision, mission and values.
The statutory duties of a trustee are:
- To ensure the organisation complies with its governing document (articles of association). To ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document. To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives - the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives. 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. To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation. To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation. To ensure the financial stability of the organisation. To protect and ensure the proper investment of the organisation’s funds. To appoint the Chief Executive and monitor their performance.
In addition, with other trustees, to hold the charity “in trust” for current and future beneficiaries by:
- Ensuring that the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these. Being responsible for the performance of the charity and for its behaviour; ensuring that the charity complies with all legal and regulatory requirements. Taking care of the charity’s assets
The Board of Trustees are jointly and severally responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, its financial health, the impact of its activities and developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.
Beyond the statutory duties GFS we ask that our trustees take a supporting role within the organisation to help drive the delivery of the strategy and support the team. This could include activities such as chairing committees/working groups, mentoring members of the team or actively supporting meetings with potential funders for example.
Personal Qualities & Skills
- A commitment to the mission, vision and values of GFS A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the role of Trustee An ability to work effectively as a member of a team and willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis. Integrity and a willingness to speak their mind Good, independent judgement and strategic vision. An ability to think creatively An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship An understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Trustees and Chief Executive.
Role Description: Committee Member
A committee is a fulfilling role for those that are looking to support moving the charity forward without the statutory duties of being a full trustee. Committees work with our paid staff to help turn the strategy into reality, providing the appropriate level or challenge and support to truly make GFS achieve its strategic aims.
- To provide expertise, experience and support to the staff team in helping them turn the strategy into an operational plan To monitor the delivery of the operational plan, acting as a sounding board to unlock blockers and improve likelihood of success To provide appropriate challenge, debate and diverse perspectives – ensuring all that we do meets the needs of our girls and young women
- Committee members will typically hold expertise in the focus areas identified above.
Personal Qualities & Skills
- A commitment to the mission, vision and values of GFS A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the role of a committee member and supporting working groups An ability to work effectively as a member of a team and willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis. Integrity and a willingness to speak their mind
What are we looking for?
We have recently completed a skills audit and based on this we have identified the need for the following expertise to complement our existing skill set:
- Finance committee member, audit, financial planning, P&L Data management, research, data analysis, committee member Fundraising & income generation trustee History trustee - knowledge of GFS, history of the charity, practical contribution and involvement, volunteering Clinical trustee to support our work around inclusion
We are keen to hear from:
- Young women (18-25) People from ethnic minority groups Members of the trans community People from marginalised groups
Our values are important to us and we are looking for those who join us to want to embrace them too:
Ambitious - We have big aspirations. For our organisation, for the girls and young women we interact with and for a fair future.
Girl focused - We are here to make a difference for girls and young women. Everything we do will be in the interest of and informed by them.
Brave - We make brave choices in support of what we know is right.
Feminist - GFS is a community, where girls and women support each other and seek to address the inequalities faced by women in all that we do.
Inclusive - We believe in a fair society for everyone, and all girls and women are welcome at GFS. We will not let personal circumstances to be barriers to engaging with our services.
Fun - Although girls and young women face challenges, we also believe in the importance of approaching our mission with a sense of fun.
We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, faith and religion, disability and age.