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Becoming a Trustee

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Emma Wilkinson, Chairperson with Evelyn and Helen, two Trustees.

Since 2004, Carers in Bedfordshire has built a reputation for high-quality services, led by carers for carers. We are now looking for individuals committed to our purpose, objectives and values to bring new experiences and perspectives as Trustees  of Carers in Bedfordshire.

Trustees are responsible for ensuring the charity is doing what it was set up to do. They make decisions about how the charity is run and agree future developments. The Board meets six times a year: four ‘business’ meetings when Trustees review the charity’s day-to-day activities; and two ‘strategy’ meetings examining bigger issues.

Whilst we are open to applications from people with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, we are particularly interested in hearing from people over 18:

  • With experience of caring for a child under 18
  • Who live in West Mid Beds (Cranfield, Woburn, Ampthill, Flitwick, Barton-le-Clay areas)
  • Who have professional experience of working in primary care; Young People’s services; business development, fundraising, marketing or social enterprise; public sector commissioning or volunteering.

Since 2004, Carers in Bedfordshire has built a reputation for high-quality services, led by carers for carers. We are now looking for individuals committed to our purpose, objectives and values to bring new experiences and perspectives as Trustees  of Carers in Bedfordshire.

Trustees are responsible for ensuring the charity is doing what it was set up to do. They make decisions about how the charity is run and agree future developments. The Board meets six times a year: four ‘business’ meetings when Trustees review the charity’s day-to-day activities; and two ‘strategy’ meetings examining bigger issues.

Whilst we are open to applications from people with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, we are particularly interested in hearing from people over 18:

  • With experience of caring for a child under 18
  • Who live in West Mid Beds (Cranfield, Woburn, Ampthill, Flitwick, Barton-le-Clay areas)
  • Who have professional experience of working in primary care; Young People’s services; business development, fundraising, marketing or social enterprise; public sector commissioning or volunteering.

What does a Trustee do

Each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This will involve scrutinising board papers before meetings, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, and providing advice and guidance requested by the board on new initiatives or other issues relevant to the area of the organisation's work in which the trustee has special expertise.

The specific duties are:

  1. To ensure that the charity pursues its objects as defined in the memorandum and articles of association and to set and maintain its vision, mission and values
  2. To ensure that Carers in Bedfordshire complies at all times with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  3. To exercise proper financial control and ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuing its objects
  4. To ensure the financial stability of the organisation and the proper investment of the organisation's funds
  5. To give firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  6. To ensure accountability and take collective responsibility for the actions of the organisation and other trustees
  7. To maintain effective board performance and ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity
  8. To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation and declare any conflict of interest while carrying out the duties of a trustee
  9. To attend meetings and read papers in advance of meetings
  10. To keep informed about the activities of the organisation and wider issues which affect its work
  11. To participate in other tasks as they arise from time to time, such as interviewing new staff, representing the organisation at appropriate events, meetings or functions

You will need access to computer facilities and to have basic computer literacy. We communicate a lot by email so you will need to be familiar with emailing.

Other useful information

 You might want to take a look at our pdflatest annual report and audited accounts

The Charity Commission booklet "The Essential Trustee" is available as a summary sheet or as a 3 minute video 

Interested?

 Please contact Carol Solaiman for an informal chat on tel 0300 111 1919 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

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