1. Heart Safe Communities UK (HSCUK)


UK wide

We are looking for a trustee to join our board to help shape an exciting future of our charity. The successful candidate will be a self starter, have outstanding interpersonal skills and bring skills that will support our aims and objectives.

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Who we are

We are committed to creating an environment in which people in our communities are aware of cardio-vascular health, what to do in the event of heart attack or cardiac arrest and that anyone experiencing a cardiac arrest has the best chance of survival and good outcome.

Our focus is on raising awareness, high quality training in CPR / Use of defibrillators and raising funds to help build networks of strategically placed public access defibrillators.

The role

HSCUK is currently advertising a number of roles that are designed to bring on board the skills required to build on the foundations layed for a successful and thriving charity.

This role is for a Trustee with outstanding skills that may included experience and expertise in any of the areas outlined at the foot of the role and person specification below.

Alternatively the successful candidate may have key attributes that we are looking for but at the beginning of their professional journey.

In any event we aim to recruit people with outstanding interpersonal skills, with drive and determination to make a difference, who are self starters and share a commitment to our aims and objectives.

Ultimately we want you to demonstrate what you can offer and how you might help make a difference as part of a team.

Please see the attached copy of our Foundation Constitution.

The role of Trustee Board Members is described below:



Summary of Requirements

Time Commitment: Approx 4 – 8 hours a month.

Salary: Unpaid.

Expenses: In accordance with the charity’s policy.

Meetings: 6 meetings a year, plus the AGM and twice yearly meetings of the Members’ (Trustee’s) Assembly. Meetings will take place in person and virtually in accordance with the charity’s constitution. (This will be subject to periodic review to ensure that it meets the needs of the charity)

Location: Heart Safe Communities UK Office, Nassington and regional venues (The location may be subject to review in accordance with the needs of the charity).

Closing date: 7 May 2024.

Heart Safe Communities UK

Heart Safe Communities UK is a relatively new charity that is committed to promoting and assisting the development of ‘Heart Safe Communities’.

Heart Safe Communities UK believes that there should be a national designation and accreditation for communities that demonstrate an clear commitment to ensuring that those who experience cardiac arrest are given the very best chance of survival possible regardless of location.

Such accreditation should be achieved through a graduated approach towards raising awareness, providing high quality training and the strategic location of community public access defibrillators. It recommends levels of accreditation from entry to platinum according to a rigorous set of criteria not simply the deployment of defibrillators – the process should bring about community engage, cohesion, and positive action that goes beyond just healthcare. Communities that demonstrate their commitment should be known as ‘Heart Safe Communities’.

The charity’s work will include raising funds to help raise awareness, facilitating high quality training, building networks of strategically located defibrillators / medical equipment and supporting communities who aspire to becoming heart safe throughout the U.K.

1. Who are the charity’s trustees

The Charities Act 2011 section 177 defines charity trustees as those responsible under the charity’s governing document for controlling the administration and management of the charity. This is the case regardless of the terminology used to describe the role.

For Heart Safe Communities UK the charity trustees are the board of directors of the Council known as the trustee board. The board when fully constituted will comprise of at least the following Trustees:

  • the chair*
  • the vice-chair*
  • finance & asset management (the treasurer)
  • the secretary
  • governance & risk management
  • income generation
  • communications, public relations & marketing
  • clinical advisor
  • an unlimited number of appointed / elected trustees.

*The trustee board appoints a chair and vice chair from among the trustees.

2. The role of the board of trustees

At its simplest, the role of the trustee board is to promote the charity, facilitate support, receive assets from donors, safeguard them and apply them to the charitable purposes of Heart Safe Communities UK. The trustee board must always act in the best interests of Heart Safe Communities UK, exercising the same standard of duty of care that a prudent person would apply if looking after the affairs of someone for whom they have responsibility. The trustee board must act as a group and not as individuals.

3. Duties of a trustee board member

The duties of a trustee board member are to:

  • ensure that Heart Safe Communities UK complies with its governing document (its Articles of Association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • ensure that Heart Safe Communities UK pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • ensure Heart Safe Communities UK applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects. For example, it
  • must not spend money on activities which are not included in the objects, however worthwhile they may be
  • contribute actively to the board of trustees by giving firm strategic direction to Heart Safe Communities UK,
  • setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against
  • agree a strategic plan and targets
  • safeguard the good name and values of Heart Safe Communities UK
  • ensure the financial stability of Heart Safe Communities UK
  • manage risk
  • In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, and evaluating or offering advice on other areas in which the trustee has particular expertise.

4. Minimum time commitment

Trustees are expected to attend an induction session at Heart Safe Communities UK prior to their first board meeting.

Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings, strategic planning days, members assembly meetings and the AGM. Board meetings are held 6 times a year during normal office hours. Board meetings will last approximately three hours and will be held at venues agreed by the Trustees but may also take place virtually. One meeting each year is allotted to strategic planning and will last the whole day.

  • Papers are distributed one week in advance of meetings.
  • Trustees may be asked to join one of the board committees, each of which meets twice a year, for approximately two hours, during normal office hours unless otherwise agreed.
  • Trustees are expected to the annual general meeting (AGM) of Heart Safe Communities UK, which takes place during the day in May.
  • Trustees may claim out of pocket expenses incurred in travelling to meetings in accordance with Heart Safe Communities UK policy.

5. Person specification

Each trustee must have:

  • a commitment to the mission of Heart Safe Communities UK
  • a willingness to meet the minimum time requirement
  • integrity
  • strategic vision
  • good, independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • a willingness to speak their mind
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of Heart Safe Communities UK

The board of trustees collectively need skills and experience in the following areas:

  • financial management, income generation and enterprise
  • governance, compliance, risk management and law
  • public policy and public affairs
  • clinical leadership
  • national and local voluntary sector
  • national and local government and statutory bodies
  • digital strategy
  • trading subsidiaries and social enterprise
  • human resource management
  • volunteering management and brokerage
  • fundraising
  • marketing
  • collaborative partnerships, outreach
  • social investment and impact

This list of skills is not intended to be exhaustive but to indicate key priority areas.

Supporting document(s)

  • heart-safe-communities-uk---foundation-constitution-v10-221121.pdf - Download
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