Engage Trustee

What does the role involve?

The role of the Engage Board is to:

  • Be responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Engage
  • Ensure Engage functions within the legal and financial requirements of a company and charitable organisation
  • Observe the Articles of Association (Engage’s regulatory governing document)
  • Determine policy
  • Monitor performance against agreed objectives and targets
  • Agree on the annual budget and decide on any major resource issues
  • Approve the annual accounts
  • Assist in fundraising from the public and private sectors
  • Appoint senior staff
  • Carry out the appraisal of senior staff
  • Represent and promote Engage externally

In addition to the statutory duties of a Trustee, each Board member should use their specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the Board reach sound decisions.

This may involve:

  • Scrutinising Board papers
  • Leading discussions affecting Engage and the sector
  • Focussing on key issues
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives
  • Other issues in which the Trustee has special expertise

The statutory duties of each Engage trustee are to:

  • Ensure that Engage complies with its governing document, charity law, company law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensure that Engage pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • Ensure that Engage applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives
  • Contribute actively to the Board’s role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguard Engage’s good name and values
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of Engage
  • Ensure the financial stability of Engage
  • Protect and manage the property of Engage and ensure the proper investment of its funds
  • Appoint the Director and monitor their performance

Who are we looking for? Someone with…

  • A commitment to Engage and its work
  • Willingness to devote time and expertise
  • Experience of developing a strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • The ability to think creatively and share ideas
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship and prepared to receive up to date training
  • The ability to respect confidences
  • The ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Willingness to act as an ambassador for Engage
  • Adherence to the Nolan Committee’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership

What are the benefits of becoming a Trustee?

  • Having the latest information and news of the sector
  • Invaluable networking opportunities
  • Satisfaction of being closely involved in the strategic planning and decision-making of a national body
  • Excellent experience of working at board level in a dynamic and supportive team.

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