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Alternatives Trust East London
Newham, London (Greater)
The role is voluntary, travel costs reimbursed
Closing date
22 Mar 2024

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Responsible to – Chair of Trustees




Who we are looking for:


  • Someone who shares our heart for supporting Newham’s vulnerable women and families and is aligned with the foundational values of social justice, inclusion and equality. Someone who can contribute professional skills and experience from an area relevant to our work - such as Finance, Education, HR, Immigration, Fundraising, Child Development, Health and Wellbeing, Business or Law A level of fluency in written and spoken English to engage with meetings and documents. Prior experience of charity governance is not necessary for this role and training will be provided.



Role Summary:


·    Work alongside Chair and other board members to oversee the overall governance and strategic direction of Alternatives Trust East London.


·    Work alongside other board members to ensure that Alternatives acts in accordance with its governing document, charity law, and other relevant legislation/applicable regulations.


·    Act to support the staff and volunteers, to ensure Alternatives adheres to its core values of co-production, compassion, and trauma-informed work.


·    Commit to practice collaborative, informed, carefully considered, strategic decision-making.


·    Embody our commitment to active anti-racist, trauma-informed, relationship-based working with women and children experiencing multiple disadvantages.




Main responsibilities of the trustee:


·    Assist the senior staff team (CEOs, Fundraiser and Finance Manager) in strategic plans and regular review of the long-term strategic aims of the organisation.


·    Interrogate organisational policies, goals, targets and help to evaluate performance against these.


·    Agree to mentoring, training, and coaching as appropriate to improve your ability to govern and enhance your overall contribution to the board.




In addition:


·    Take steps to keep up with the workings and achievements of Alternatives beyond information shared at board meetings through attending events where able, visiting the project, and following project news on social media, on the website, or through newsletters.

Work Hours:

·    Average 4 hours per month, although this will vary depending on the schedule of meetings and other events.




Frequency of meetings:


  • 1-2 full board meetings per year (held in person where possible, in St Edmund’s Church, Forest Gate E7 8NP). 4-5 subcommittee meetings per year (These meetings are held online via zoom) Optional celebratory events – often held at the start of Summer Holidays and Mid December. Project visits and other meetings relating to your specific contribution within the board, by arrangement.



Length of term – Initial term 3 years, with potential to extend on review.




Remuneration – The role is voluntary however the cost of attending meetings and other duties associated with the role will be reimbursed.


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