Who we are
The Foundervine Foundation is currently being created to promote social and economic inclusion in innovation. We are building a charity that can address complex challenges faced by underrepresented entrepreneurs in starting and growing successful businesses in dynamic markets. The charity’s mission is to provide a range of programs and resources to empower and support these entrepreneurs, and to create a more diverse and inclusive start-up ecosystem.
— Please Note: Trustee deadline has been extended to Friday 7th July –
We intend to appoint up to three new trustees over the next 12 months, across two or three rounds of interviews.
Trustee terms are for 3 years, with trustees able to serve a second term if re-elected.
We are looking for a trustee to join our Board, All Board members should bring the following essential skills and values to the role:
- Reviewing our strategy and operations, to ensure they are up to the task of delivering our vision and mission.
- Overseeing how we use our assets and resources, as well as ensuring that our financial controls and policies are fit for purpose, implemented, accessible, and reviewed regularly.
- Establishing effective relationships with other trustees and the Executive Team, enabling both the organisation and the Board to reflect on how to improve their effectiveness, progress and learning.
- Ensuring that we act within our powers, as well as comply with all relevant legislation, including the Charities Act 2006.
- Acting in the best interests of Foundervine Foundation’s mission, avoiding actual and/or potential conflicts of interest while maximising contribution and impact.
- Embodying our values and holding themselves, the organisation and our Executive Team to account, while leading by example.
- Building connections, influence and opportunity for Foundervine Foundation by championing us and our mission.
You will be expected to attend and actively participate in quarterly trustee meetings, contribute your knowledge and expertise, and work collaboratively with other trustees to achieve our mission. We would also expect trustees to attend the Foundation’s events and activities from time to time. Overall, your role as a trustee is to ensure the long-term sustainability and success of the charity, and to make a positive impact on the community we serve.
Additional Responsibilities as a Chair of Trustees
In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, the Chair of Trustees will have the following responsibilities:
- Leading the Board in setting the strategic direction of the charity, and ensuring that the Board is effective in its governance responsibilities.
- Acting as a spokesperson for the charity, and promoting its work and mission to external stakeholders.
- Ensuring that the Board is diverse and inclusive, and that all trustees are able to contribute fully and effectively to the charity’s work.
- Facilitating effective communication and collaboration between trustees and the Executive Team, and ensuring that the Board is kept informed of all relevant developments.
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