Strategic Trustee


School Library Association

We are recruiting someone who can add to the skills on the board, with a particular focus on strategy or charity experience, and who has the dedication to commit to helping us support schools as they promote literacy and research skills.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

The School Library Association is a Registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. The School Library Association is a membership charity supporting everyone involved in school libraries, whether they are a librarian, teacher, TA, PTA or Headteacher. We believe that every pupil is entitled to effective school library provision and the educational, emotional and developmental benefits that come with it. We are committed to supporting, promoting and sustaining high quality reading and learning opportunities for all in a diverse and changing world.

Membership covers all school staff, and includes: a quarterly journal full of best practice articles, ideas, tips, and the latest digital and book reviews; access to an advice line; exclusive members-only resources and CPD; discounts off SLA publications, training and the weekend course; a mentoring service; exclusive member benefits including competitions, give-aways and discounts.

The duties of a trustee are as follows.

· Ensuring that the Association pursues its stated objects (purposes), as defined in the governing document (2014 Articles) by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy

· Ensuring that the Association complies with its governing document (charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations)

· Ensuring that the Association has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focussed on achieving these

· Ensuring that the Association applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects (ie the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects, however worthwhile or charitable those activities are) for the benefit of the public

· Ensuring that the Association defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets and that its governance is of the highest possible standard

· Safeguarding the good name and values of the Association

· Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the Association, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place

· Ensuring the financial stability of the Association

· Protecting and managing the property of the Association and ensuring the proper investment of its funds

· Following proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the chief executive


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 scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

SLA Management

The full SLA Board meets three times per year in addition to the AGM (normally held at the weekend course). In addition, the Management Team (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, CEO) meets three to four weeks before each board meeting.

The CEO is responsible for the operational side of the business and reports to the trustees. The CEO is line managed by the Chair.


Details of tenure

To stand for election to the Board, a candidate should be a member of the SLA (if you are not working in a relevant setting, please discuss with the Management Team). A candidate must be nominated by at least one member of the SLA. The members’ vote (if required) will start the week commencing 8th June 2020, so the deadline for applying is 22nd May 2020. Results of the election are announced at the AGM in June. If this isn’t possible a trustee will be appointed by the board until the following AGM.

The term of office is three years with the option to stand for election again and be re-elected for one further term. Any resignation from the board, including at the completion of a term, should be put in writing to the Chair and CEO.

Supporting documents

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Closing date for applications

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