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Island House
Isle Of Dogs, London (Greater)
Closing date
29 Jun 2024

Job Details

Our trustees play a vital role in making sure that Island House achieves its core charitable purposes. They oversee the overall management and administration of the charity. They also ensure that Island House has a clear strategy and that our work and goals are in line with our vision. Just as importantly, they support and challenge the Centre Director to enable Island House to grow and thrive, and through this, achieve our mission. Board members have a collective responsibility. This means that trustees always act as a group and not as individuals.

The Essential Trustee –

• Ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit

• Comply with your charity’s governing document and the law

• Act in your charity’s best interests

• Ensure your charity is accountable

• Manage your charity’s resources responsibly

• Act with reasonable care and skill


Main Responsibilities

• Support and provide advice on Island House’s purpose, vision, goals, and activities.

• Approve operational strategies and policies and monitor and evaluate their implementation.

• Oversee financial plans and budgets, monitoring and evaluation

Review and approve Island House’s financial statements.

• Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.

• Ensure that key risks are being identified, monitored, and controlled effectively.

• Provide support and challenge to the Centre Director in the exercise of their delegated authority and affairs.

• Keep abreast of changes in Island House’s operating environment.

• Contribute to regular reviews of Island House’s own governance.

• Attend Board meetings, adequately prepared to contribute to discussions.

• Use independent judgment, acting legally and in good faith to promote and protect Island House’s interests, to the exclusion of their own personal and/or any third-party interests.

• Contribute to the broader promotion of Island House’s objects, aims and reputation by applying your skills, expertise, knowledge, and contacts.

As a small charity, there will be times when the trustees will need to be actively involved beyond Board meetings. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, presenting externally, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

What we are looking for

• We are looking for people willing to bring energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to the role, and who will broaden the diversity of thinking on our board.

• Trustees don’t have to live locally, but sharing a passion for people and community of the Isle of Dogs is essential.

Personal skills and qualities

• Willingness and ability to understand and accept their responsibilities and liabilities as trustees and to act in the best interests of the organisation.

• Ability to think creatively and strategically, exercise good, independent judgement and work effectively as a board member. • Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussion. • A strong personal commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. • Enthusiasm for our vision and mission. • Willingness to lead according to our values. • Background in finance, organisational management, IT, or Legal would be particularly welcome at this time.


• Trustees are expected to commit to a term of 3 years. • This is a voluntary position, but reasonable expenses are reimbursed. • Attending 6 in-person Board Meetings (currently at lunchtime) in a year. • Lead or contribute to occasional working groups of trustees and staff as required. • Staff particularly welcome regular, but infrequent, informal visits from trustees. • In addition to reading papers and preparing for meetings, trustees may be called upon by the Centre Director by email or telephone for specific advice according to their expertise.


Honorary Treasurer (additional responsibilities) • Overseeing budgets and reports prepared by the Centre Director and Finance Officer. • Ensuring that proper accounting records are kept, financial resources are properly invested and economically spent. • Monitoring and advising on the financial viability of the charity. • Overseeing the implementation of and monitoring financial systems. • Advising on the financial implications of the charity’s strategic plan. • Board‐level liaison with the external auditors on specific issues such as the Auditors’ Management Letter and the related board representations. • Providing timely, professional, and accurate advice and support to the Centre Director on all financial matters.



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Roserton St
E14 3PG
United Kingdom

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