Who we are
Leyton Orient Trust operates as a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. The Trust delivers a range of engagement and development programmes to communities based in Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Redbridge. The vision of Leyton Orient Trust is: ‘Using the power of sport to improve life chances’
Its mission is to deliver and develop Health, Well Being, Educational Attainment and Employability programmes that are relevant, engaging and inspiring.
Trustees Job Description
To work closely
with the charity’s Chair of Trustees, the Treasurer and other Trustees, as
well as the charity’s CEO
§ To have and accept
ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity ensuring
that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the
benefit of the public for which it has been set up.
§ Primary responsibility
and the leadership role for actively championing safeguarding good practice.
§ Governance refers to the systems and processes that are
concerned with ensuring the overall direction, effectiveness, supervision and
accountability of the charity. As the charity is an independent legal entity,
it is the Board who have ultimate decision-making within the charity and who
are collectively responsible for the delivery of its purposes.
§ Therefore it is the
Board who are the responsible and accountable body for the long-term
direction and control of the charity – but the Board will delegate authority
to the Management
Team for the day to day
operation of the charity.
§ The Management Team are the charity’s employees (and as
such not members of the Board) who have received the delegated authority from
the Board to take responsibility for the management and running of the
charity’s business. Through this delegated authority, the Management Team
will implement the charity’s strategic aims and objectives.
Essential Qualities of Role Holder
Desirable Qualities of Role Holder
§ Passionate about
the reasons the charity exists for
accountability, honesty, openness, integrity, selflessness and leadership
§ Good communication
Previous experience as a Trustee
§ Knowledge of the type of
work undertaken by the organisation
Area of Responsibility
To have read and understood the charity’s governing
document and ensure that it remains true to the charitable purpose and
objects set out there
To ensure that the charity pursues its objects as set
out in its governing document
To act at all times in the interest of the
beneficiaries of the charity
To understand the legal responsibilities of a Trustee
To ensure that the charity acts within the law – as a
charity, as an employer, in respect of equal opportunities, in the meeting of
health and safety requirements and in respect of all other legal requirements
To ensure that the charity accounts for its activities
to its funders, the Charity Commission, as well as the local community and
any others as required.
To comply with the requirements of other legislation
and other regulators (if any) which govern the activities of the charity
§ To ensure that the
charity manages its affairs reasonably and properly.
To ensure that all charity money and assets are
prudently managed and used in pursuit of the objects of the organisation
To avoid undertaking activities that might place charity’s
endowment, funds, assets or reputation at undue risk
§ To ensure that money is
spent in relation to the purpose it was given for.
To use reasonable care and skill in the work undertaken
as a Trustee, using personal skills and experience as needed to ensure that the
charity is well-run and efficient
To consider getting external professional advice on all
matters where there may be material risk to the charity, or where the
Trustees may be in breach of their duties.
To understand and be committed to the mission of the
To ensure that the charity’s strategic plan is kept up
To keep informed about the activities of the charity and
the wider issues which affect its work
§ To monitor and
evaluate the work of the charity on regular basis.
§ To act with integrity and
avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of charity funds or
§ To attend Board meetings
and to read papers in advance of those meetings
To work jointly with other members of the Board.