Trustees Job Description

Job Title: Trustee of High Peak CVS

The duties of a Trustee are:

  • To ensure that High Peak CVS complies with its constitution, charity law, company law, policies and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To ensure High Peak CVS pursues its objects as defined in the constitution.
  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation.
  • To safeguard the reputation and values of High Peak CVS
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
  • To ensure that when monies are obtained from funders all commitments and outputs are fulfilled.
  • To protect and manage the property of High Peak CVS.
  • In addition to the above, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions.

Trustee Person Specification

  • A commitment to the aims and objectives of High Peak CVS
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision
  • Independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • A willingness to speak their mind
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • An ability to act as a link between their organisation and High Peak CVS
  • To have an overview of issues effecting the voluntary and community sector

Code of Conduct

Selflessness
Trustees of High Peak CVS have a duty to act in the best interest of High Peak CVS as a whole. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, their friends or the organisation they represent.

Openness
High Peak CVS trustees should ensure that confidential material is handled in accordance with due care. High Peak CVS Trustees should be as open as possible about their decisions and action that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider interest clearly demands.

Integrity
Trustees should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their role.
Trustees should avoid any appearance of improper behaviour, should avoid accepting gifts and hospitality that might reasonably be thought to influence their judgement.

Honesty
Trustees have a duty to declare any interests relating to their trustees role and to take steps to resolve any conflicts that may arise. Where private interests of a trustee conflicts with their trustee duties, he/she must resolve this conflict in favour of the trustee role

Objectivity
In carrying out their role, including making appointments, awarding contracts, recommending individuals for rewards and benefits or transacting other business, trustees should ensure that decisions are made solely on merit.

Leadership
Trustees should promote and support the principles of leadership by example.
Trustees must respect the role of the Chief Officer. There will be circumstances under which trustees will be working directly with High Peak CVS staff. Guidelines for such working relationships must be clear to both staff and trustees and when these occasions arise, the Chair should be informed in advance.

Accountability
Trustees have a duty to comply with the law on all occasions in accordance with the trust placed in them and in such a way as to preserve public confidence in High Peak CVS.
Trustees are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public, funders and membership. They must be open to what scrutiny is appropriate to their role.

Last Modified: 13 Feb 2013
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