Who we are
This will involve maintaining an overview of the governance and smooth running of the Board at an exciting time of expansion and increasing visibility for the charity, globally. We are a small team with limited legal expertise. We are looking for a Secretary who will be hands-on in guiding the charity and be available to provide advice on an ad hoc basis
This individual will be responsible for the smooth running of administration relating to Board meetings and ideally will either have a background in law or a strong understanding of Charity Governance from previous charity experience.
The role of the secretary is to support the chair by ensuring the board functions smoothly.
We expect the role requires 2-3 hours per week, however, there are lots of projects that the new Trustee would be welcome to be part of should their availability allow.
Closing date for applications: 12th April 2021
To apply for this post, please send to the contact details below, your CV reflecting appropriate qualifications and experience and a letter stating why you are suitable for the post, what attracts you to this role and what your availability is.
Who are we?
TreeSisters is a UK registered social change and reforestation charity that places tropical restoration into everyone’s hands. Through individuals and businesses that give back to nature every month, TreeSisters has so far funded the planting of over 15 million trees across 12 locations in Brazil, Borneo, Cameroon, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar, Nepal and West Papua.
Our vision is a world in which it is normal for everyone to protect and restore themselves and their world. Our mission is to rapidly accelerate tropical reforestation by inspiring and channelling women’s Nature-based feminine leadership into local and global action.
Key Responsibilities include:
In addition to the general responsibilities of a trustee, duties of the secretary are as follows.
- Being the ‘guardian’ for good governance, drawing the Board’s attention at Board meetings and sub-committees to legal and other issues relating to governance that may arise.
- To advise when external legal or other expertise/advice is necessary.
- Preparing agendas in consultation with the chair and chief executive, and circulating them and any supporting papers in good time
- Making all the arrangements for meetings (booking the room, arranging for equipment and refreshments, organising facilities for those with special needs, etc)
- Receiving agenda items from other trustees/staff
- Checking that a quorum is present
- Taking minutes (or being responsible for them being taken) and circulating draft minutes to all trustees
- Ensuring that the minutes are signed by the chair once they have been approved
- Checking that trustees and staff have carried out actions agreed at a previous meeting
- Circulating agendas and minutes of the annual general meeting and any special or extraordinary general meetings (where required)
- Sitting on appraisal, recruitment and disciplinary panels if required
In addition to the person specification for a trustee, the secretary should have the following qualities.
- Organisational ability
- Commitment to the vision and objects of TS and everything that entails
- Ability to work through ambiguity
- Emotional intelligence
- Knowledge or experience of charity and committee procedures
- Minute-taking experience
- The role requires an understanding of the law relating to good governance and whilst it would be an undoubted advantage, we do not expect all candidates to be legally qualified.
- Commitment to DE&I
Legal and organisational
By applying for the role, you will be affirming that you are not disqualified by law from acting as a trustee. Trustees are appointed for a term of 3 years and are then eligible for re-appointment.
In addition to Trustees’ legal duties, we ask all Trustees to:
- Advocate for the work of TreeSisters, including in building relationships, networking and fundraising on our behalf; and
- Share our vision and values
The board meets virtually for half day Board meetings every other month with at least one face to face meeting per year. There is some sub-committee work which takes place mainly on the alternating month. The aim is to move to quarterly Board meetings by September 2021.
Our commitment to diversity & inclusion
TreeSisters believe that diverse boards strengthen society. We will strive to remove the barriers that prevent people from applying to become trustees and help our clients to recruit and support people with a wide range of skills and lived experience.