Who we are
At Hatch, we empower underrepresented entrepreneurs from across the UK to imagine, launch and grow sustainable and impactful businesses through tailored support, community and partnerships. We offer world-class support to entrepreneurs, mainly through our programmes, community and grant fund. We’re not typical of the charity sector. As you would expect from a charity focused on teaching start-up skills, we think and act like a business. Our programmes are run by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs
Hatch is seeking to recruit up to three (3) new Trustees to its governing Board. This is a significant opportunity to work with a dynamic and inspiring organisation to make a real difference to social and environmental challenges by supporting social entrepreneurs and those from diverse backgrounds.
Hatch is proactively looking to recruit individuals from diverse backgrounds, and/or individuals with personal understanding and experience of the challenges that many of our entrepreneurs face who are from underrepresented backgrounds. Hatch specifically supports founders from ethnically diverse backgrounds, women, people with disabilities and we also focus on social entrepreneurs.
Trustees are responsible for governance, strategic oversight and ambassadorship on behalf of Hatch, a charitable organisation. Trustees take overall stewardship and responsibility for the well-being of Hatch, providing strategic direction and ensuring that Hatch operates effectively to deliver its vision and mission.
Trustees act to uphold the core ethos and values of the organisation, fulfilling a duty of care in accordance with its governing documents, charity law and regulatory requirements.
Key Trustee Duties
- Contributing actively in providing strategic direction to Hatch; agreeing overall policy, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets and in line with Hatch mission and values
- Ensuring that Hatch complies with its Articles of Association, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
- Ensuring Hatch applies its resources responsibly and exclusively in pursuance of its mission and its objects as defined in its Articles of Association
- Safeguarding the assets, staff and beneficiaries of the charity by ensuring risks are managed and mitigated, as appropriate
- Ensuring the financial stability of Hatch including ensuring appropriate controls and procedures are implemented and followed
- Ensuring that Hatch is accountable to its founders, funders and other stakeholders and that the Hatch team and volunteers are responsible to the Board
- Safeguarding and promoting the reputation and values of Hatch, including acting as an Ambassador for Hatch
- Acting in the best interest of the charity, its beneficiaries and future beneficiaries at all times, in accordance with its public benefit,
- Applying skills and experience to question and challenge in good faith, contribute to Board discussions and to taking balanced and informed Board decisions
- Appointing and monitoring the performance of the CEO
- Conduct an annual appraisal and remuneration review for the Chief Executive in consultation with other Trustees
- Being collectively responsible for the actions of the organisation and other trustees
- Maintaining confidentiality about sensitive or confidential information received in the course of fulfilling your role as Trustee
- Declaring any conflict between personal or professional interests and those of the charity
In addition you may be asked to
- Expand the network, resources, and funds available to Hatch by making introductions and connecting the charity to relevant contacts in your network
- Participate in activities with the Hatch team and Trustees to help you get to know the organisation.
- Meet with Hatch’s prospective and current donors/ funders, where appropriate, as part of our donor experience and stewardship strategy
- Act as a signatory to Hatch documentation, fundraising proposals and/or the regulatory statements for the Charity Commission and Companies House
- Keep informed about Hatch’s activities and wider issues that affect our work
- Participate in other tasks as arise from time to time, such as recruiting Hatch team members and representing Hatch at functions and meetings as appropriate
- Participate in or lead on a particular project, if relevant to their interests, experience and professional network.
Four formal Board meetings per year held in Central/South, London (or online) (2 hours per meeting), plus time to review the Board pack sent one week in advance of each Board meeting
Up to four additional meetings per year of trustees and staff members to develop strategy, ideas etc
Additional Training and Development sessions are offered to all trustees around effective trusteeship, impact measurement, finance management and more (via external providers)
Ad hoc engagement and support to the CEO, other staff and board members
Engagement with Hatch staff, programmes and founders as relevant
Attendance at Hatch’s fundraising events and ad hoc fundraising meetings as relevant
Hatch Trustees are appointed to serve for a term of 3 years and are be able to stand for re-election for a further 2 terms (maximum service 9 years)
Prospective trustees start as Board Observers with Hatch, enabling you and the team to assess if we’re a good fit. Being a Board Observer comes with most of the same responsibilities and commitments as a full trusteeship does. We would expect prospective trustees to be Board Observers with Hatch for 3 – 6 months (1 – 2 board meetings and engagement opportunities) before being asked to become a full trustee where this is mutually desirable
You are committed to inclusive leadership, and to working collaboratively with a dynamic CEO, team and trustees to develop an ambitious organisation.
Commitment to Hatch vision, mission and values
Interest in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, inclusive economy, impact investment, proactive approaches to diversity and inclusion, inclusive leadership
Willingness, ability, energy, commitment and drive to help Hatch develop its ambitious plans for growth
Excellent communication skills with a willingness to speak your mind
Sound, independent judgement
Ability to think creatively
An ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of Hatch, its team and its beneficiaries.
Nolan’s seven principles of public life:
We are interested in receiving applications with skills and experience in one or more of these areas
Digital Learning Expert: Hatch needs to think about its online offering to founders in new formats and in ways that will continue to deliver value to founders and partners. Online Learning, Virtual Reality, AI & Data, Connected Communities are areas where we would like to strengthen the board with someone who has skills/ expertise and a network we can tap into to assess and continue to develop Hatch’s online offer and to assess platform opportunities bringing together specific stakeholder groups (e.g. founders/ mentors).
Digital PR, Marketing, Comms: Hatch has made great strides on developing its Marketing & Comms team. As Hatch grows we want to continue to build our brand and ensure opportunities to share our work, mission and impact with the world are delivered to the best of our abilities. We are looking for someone with specific skills, experience and network to support Hatch’s brand building and influencing, particularly with Public Relations background.
Fundraising: Hatch is actively looking to diversify its income , which currently mainly comes from corporate partners (around 70-80%). We believe there is a big opportunity to work with more trusts & foundations and individual philanthropists on a strategic level as well as work with local or central government. We’d welcome people who have an understanding of the world of Philanthropy, Trusts & Foundations and might even be involved in running one or working in one.
Further information about Hatch, and its impact to date can be found on our website: www.hatchenterprise.org.
We believe everyone has potential. We are committed to increasing diversity among business owners, and we want to do the same for our team. If you’ve read this far, and you like the sound of the job, but you’re worried you don’t quite fit the requirements, we’d love it if you went ahead and applied.
We want to ensure that our team represents a wider cross-section of society than a typical start-up, and we know that means we have to make an effort to understand and accommodate different people’s needs. If you would require any reasonable adjustments to be made to support you to apply, interview or join the Hatch team / board please contact [email protected].
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