HIT Trustee Board Member
At its simplest, the role of the trustee board is to receive assets from donors, safeguard them and apply them to the charitable purposes of HIT. The trustee board must always act in the best interests of HIT, exercising the same standard of duty of care that a prudent person would apply if looking after the affairs of someone for whom they have responsibility. The trustee board must act as a group and not as individuals. The trustee board is responsible for establishing the essential purpose or mission of the organisation. They are also responsible for guarding its vision and values. Together, the charity board and chief executive officer develop long-term strategy.
Duties of a trustee board member
The main duties of a trustee board member are to:
● ensure that HIT complies with its governing document (its Constitution), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
● contribute actively to the board of trustees by giving firm strategic direction to HIT, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets
● ensure the financial stability and safeguard the good name and values of HIT
Trustees are initially appointed for a 3-year period and expected to attend an induction meeting prior to their first board meeting. The post is unpaid but out of pocket expenses may be reimbursed.
Board meetings are held four times a year after office hours, Trustees are required to attend a minimum of three of those meetings. The meetings last approximately two hours and are usually at HIT’s office in Watford. Each year there is an Annual Meeting. Trustees are invited to attend HIT events, groups and activities.
Each trustee must have:
● a commitment to the mission of HIT
● a willingness to meet the minimum time requirement
● strategic vision
● good, 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 and to take decisions for the good of HIT.
HIT are looking to augment the Board of Trustees with skills and experience in the following areas:
● financial management, income generation and enterprise
● corporate and charity law
● public policy and public affairs
● national and local voluntary sector
● national and local government and statutory bodies
● social enterprise
● human resource management
● volunteering management
● social investment and impact
We would welcome a conversation with anybody interested in becoming a Trustee. Please contact Caroline Stevens, Artistic Director on firstname.lastname@example.org / 01923 216951