1. YSS

YSS Trustee


YSS require a trustee who can help us achieve our objectives, and strengthen and deepen our reach with stakeholders and funders. Ideally you will have some professional experience within the third sector or a personal connection to what what we do.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

YSS was established in 1986 and provides support to young people and adults who are in periods of transition and may feel marginalised by society. We have specialised expertise and experience of supporting people involved in the criminal justice system, veterans, young carers and those most poorly served by public and statutory services. Our aim is to enable and empower people who face significant life challenges to feel safe, have the opportunity to thrive and realise their potential.

The role

Key Attributes We Seek in Trustees

Commitment to the YSS Mission: A keen belief in YSS’s mission of fostering independence and
empowerment is vital. We believe our Trustees should be driven by a passion for effecting positive change in
people’s lives.

Integrity and Ethical Conduct: Upholding the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and accountability
is non-negotiable. Trustees must embody honesty and ethical behaviour in all endeavours.

Strategic Thinking: Effective trustees possess strategic foresight and the ability to analyse complex issues.
They contribute valuable insights to shape YSS’s long-term direction and goals.

Leadership Skills: Demonstrating strong leadership qualities is essential. Trustees should inspire others,
foster collaboration, and proactively identify opportunities and challenges.

Financial Awareness: Understanding financial matters is crucial for fulfilling a Trustee’s financial
responsibilities to the organisation. Trustees should actively review financial reports and plans to ensure
YSS’s financial health.

Diversity and Inclusion: YSS serves diverse communities, and we value diversity in our Trustees.
Commitment to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion is paramount.

Effective Communication: Trustees should possess strong communication skills, articulating ideas clearly
and engaging with stakeholders effectively.

Collaborative Approach: Operating through collaboration is a hallmark of YSS. Trustees should be team
players, working collaboratively towards common goals.

Adaptability and Resilience: Trustees should be adaptable and resilient in navigating change and
uncertainty while staying focused on the organization’s mission.

Commitment and Availability: Serving as a trustee requires dedication of time and energy. Trustees must
commit to attending meetings, participating in discussions, and engaging in relevant activities.

Principal responsibilities

• Provide strategic direction.

• Monitor performance.

• Ensure compliance.

• Safeguard reputation and values.

• Ensure financial viability.

• Contribute to MD’s appointment, support, and performance monitoring.

• Participate in appraisal, recruitment, and disciplinary panels

Desirable Areas of Skills and Experience:
• ICT and digital transformation
• Legal
• Safeguarding
• Criminal Justice
• Social Care or Social Enterprise
• Accountancy and financial planning/reporting
• Organizational Management
• Human Resources
• Community Development
• Balancing conflicting views sensitively
• Networking and relationship-building
• Commitment to the charity’s vision and values
• Strong leadership with credibility and enthusiasm
• Effective decision-making and independent judgment.

Supporting document(s)

  • yss-trustee-recruitment-pack---april-2024.pdf - Download
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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