Who we are
Barnet African Caribbean Association Ltd (BACA), a small registered charity established in 1997 which provides welcoming day services for older adults in Barnet, is looking to expand its Trustee Board. BACA is an NCVO member and is affiliated to the Stroke Association and Age UK Barnet. Trustees of BACA are co-opted or elected to act in the best interests of the organisation, bringing relevant knowledge, skills and experience obtained in professional activities to any discussions.
BACA Trustees are expected to demonstrate the following personal competencies and the capacity to apply these to the direction the charity:
1. Ability to understand and accept the duties and liabilities of being a charity Trustee
2. Empathy with the vision, mission and aims of BACA
3. A willingness and ability to devote the necessary time and effort
4. Ability to think and apply knowledge strategically,
5. Ability to think creatively
6. Ability to keep mission-focused
7. Ability to analyse and evaluate management information and other evidence
8. Willingness to listen and learn
Communication and team working
9. Ability to communicate clearly and sensitively and to take an active part in discussions
10. Ability to influence and engage
11. Ability to work effectively in a group
12. Willing to express their own opinion in a reasoned way, while also listening to the views of others
13. Ability to challenge constructively and ask questions appropriately
14. Ability to exercise sound and independent judgement
15. Willingness to make and stand by collective decisions, including those which may be unpopular
16. Ability to manage difficult and/or challenging situations
17. Ability to maintain confidentiality on confidential and/or sensitive information
The knowledge, skills and experience in the list below are relevant to BACA’s main areas of activity, and they are represented across BACA’s Board and staff, who apply them at operational level.
BACA is looking for Trustees who have the knowledge and understanding to maintain an oversight of these activities at a strategic level in a charity, and who can contribute well informed views, constructive challenge and a commitment to best practice. BACA would normally expect each Trustee to be able to do this in at least one of the areas below. A Trustee’s ability to contribute in this way will often, but not always, draw on professional and/or practitioner experience at a senior level.
1. Strategic leadership and management experience.
Stewardship and governance
2. Trusteeship in a similar size or larger organisation, together with implementation of best practice in UK and/or international charity.
3. An area of expertise relevant to BACA such as accountancy/financial management, law, project or programme management, human resources or organisational development.
5. Marketing, communications or public relations.
6. Service provision to older people in a health, education or social care setting.
7. Developing and delivering services to older people, which promote inclusion, equal opportunities and diversity.
Board meetings are held quarterly at Barnet Multicultural Community Centre in West Hendon, usually on Thursday evening between 7.00pm and 9.00pm. The Board is responsible for setting the strategy and policies of BACA and guides and supports the Day Services Manager and her staff.
To find out more about joining the Board, please contact the Treasurer Jackie Richards by email at [email protected]