Trustee

London

ShareAction

Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the governance of ShareAction, as outlined in the Articles of Association, ensuring it is delivering its charitable objectives, and is financially sound and compliant.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

ShareAction is an NGO and campaigning organisation working to unleash the power of the financial system to drive social progress and protect our environment. We focus on transforming the investment system, using it as a lever to generate positive social and environmental impact in the real world.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Attending regular meetings of the Board and other related duties (as outlined below)
  • Contributing to and influence the charity’s strategic direction in line with its charitable objectives
  • Ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensuring that the management and administration of the charity is undertaken responsibly
  • Ensuring that the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects
  • Acting in the best interests of the charity while exercising independent judgement
  • Safeguarding and protecting the assets (investments, cash, intellectual property, staff and reputation) of the charity, and ensuring the charity’s financial stability
  • Contributing actively to the Board of trustees’ collective role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policies, and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Acting as an ambassador for the charity and using networks to promote the charity’s work and, where appropriate, to seek funding
  • Scrutinising Board papers;contributing to the work of sub-committees as appropriate 

For full details of trustees’ statutory duties, please see CC3: the Essential Trustee. To review ShareAction’s constitution, please see our governing document: Articles of Association. 

 

Person Specification

We are looking to recruit trustees who bring the skills, experience and commitment necessary to take the organisation forward. For this round, we are specifically looking for people with skills in HR, Fundraising and Policy and/or experience as a service user or beneficiary of ShareAction.

Each trustee is expected to:

  • Work as part of a team, in a culture of learning and change
  • Show commitment to the aims and work of ShareAction, and a particular commitment to responsible investment
  • Commit time and effort to serve on the Board, and to attend at least 3 out of 4 Board meetings per year
  • Be willing to support, directly or indirectly, ShareAction’s fundraising activities
  • Demonstrate strategic vision and think creatively
  • Be willing to speak their mind and exercise independent judgement
  • Understand the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Support managers and staff in the implementation of strategy
  • Not be disqualified from being a trustee (through bankruptcy, disqualification as a director, removal as a trustee, non-spent conviction of dishonesty or corruption
  • Be able to make the time commitment required to perform the functions of the role

Our commitment to you 

New trustees will be given a thorough induction to the work of ShareAction, including: 

  • An introduction to the work of ShareAction and its finances by the CEO and Leadership Team
  • An opportunity to meet with staff to learn more about the organisation’s work  
  • Opportunity for Trustee training

RemunerationThe role is unpaid, but reasonable expenses will be paid by ShareAction if agreed in advance.

Term of officeTrustees are appointed for a 6-year term as per our Articles.

Time Commitment

  • The Board meets at least 4 times a year, the meetings are generally 3 hours long and are currently held between 9am and 5pm Monday – Friday. We are, however, exploring the possibility of moving some meetings into the early evening from 2021. There is also an annual strategy day (often combined with one of the Board meetings). It is possible to attend meetings virtually rather than in person.*
  • Attendance at the annual AGM with our members.
  • The following Board committees are in place and require additional time commitments, meetings are generally 2 hours long and committees meet 3-4 times are year (also currently held between 9am-5pm):
    • Finance, Audit, Risk and Controls committee, 
    • HR and Governance committee.
  • Trustees, where possible, also play an active role outside of Board meetings in relation to matters such as fundraising and organisational development.
  • In addition to Board Meetings, other contact – usually electronic or by telephone – will be necessary between Board meetings.  

*please note all our meetings are currently held virtually due to Covid-19.

Closing date for applications

Our commitment to diversity & inclusion

Trustees Unlimited believes 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.

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