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This is an exciting opportunity for individuals willing and able to play a key role in leading a charity supporting local survivors of sexual violence towards its vision and ambitions for the future. Following a period of growth, we are looking to grow our board and are particularly looking for women with knowledge and experience in several areas and a Treasurer and Secretary of the board. We welcome applicants from of all ages and backgrounds. The trustee board has ultimate legal responsibility for keeping the organisation focused on its purpose - ensuring it is solvent, meeting legal requirements and those of good governance and has clear strategic direction to deliver the charitable outcomes. This position is unpaid, but reasonable travel expenses will be covered. Responsibilities Key responsibilities are to:  Work with the centre’s CEO and staff team to set the charities strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets  Ensure that the organisation acts within the NRC governing document and pursues its charitable aims and objectives as well as within the law  Ensure NRC acts within requirements of the Charities Acts, Charity Law and Charity Commission  Safeguard the reputation and values of the organisation  Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation  Ensure the financial stability of the organisation  Make sound decisions as a board.  Help to recruit and induct new trustees as required Uphold the vision and values of the NRC and always act in the best interests of the charity  Fulfill the time commitment and responsibilities outlined as part of that commitment Additional responsibilities for the Treasurer and Secretary: Treasurer  Ensure proper accounts are kept and help set financial policies;  Prepare the annual statutory accounts of the charity;  Set a financial strategy with the CEO  Delegate financial administrative duties to the finance worker and take responsibility for their supervision. Secretary  Organise board meetings in line with governing document, including; o Preparation of agenda working with the CEO, the Chair and other Trustees o Collation and distribution of supporting documents o (note we have a separate note taker)  Act as custodian of the governing document


We are looking for individuals to join the trustee board. We have identified the following as the essential and desired skills required, based on Charity Commission recommendations and the current needs of the NRC. We welcome interest from individuals with one or more essential skill. A desired skill is not required. Essential skills required on the board:  Finance  Human resources  Legal  Governance  Fundraising  Strategy / business  Communications / Public relations  IT / Systems  Experience of 3 rd sector, particularly Health and / or Charity setting Desired skills on the board:  Current or previous volunteering at NRC  Experience of working in a Domestic Violence or Sexual Violence agency setting  Previous service userTime commitment Meet in person with the board of trustees six times a year:  To establish strategic direction and advise on operational strategy in conjunction with the organisation’s CEO.  To delegate the implementation of the board’s decisions to the CEO but to also define authority boundaries on each decision.  To monitor operational strategy progress via board reports to the board.  To receive stakeholder input and answer questions or concerns the team may have on decisions made and to identify decisions that require feedback from the NRC community prior to progression. Other commitments:  Read financial and operational strategy documents prior to each meeting.  An average of 5 hours per month is required, excluding board meetings in order to fulfil the requirements of the role  Attend trustee teleconferences in the interim between meetings if required to resolve issues or agree directional changes in response to unforeseen circumstances.  Attend the annual AGM to represent the NRC.  Answer member NRC advice requests relevant to your skill when possible and if they arise. Selection criteria We will select and assess each candidate based on skills and experience and willingness and ability to:  Effectively advise on clear and strategic direction in their area of expertise and if possible and applicable open doors to reach those goals.  Offer insight, perspective, strategic vision and good judgment when making informed team decisions.  Fulfil the time commitment.  Contribute to group discussion, challenge and ask pertinent questions.  Work as part of a team, listen to, and respect the contribution of others.  Be flexible and support collective decisions.  Uphold the vision, values and objectives of the NRC.  Act professionally, with integrity and in the best interests of the NRC, its staff, volunteers and service users.  Understand and accept the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.  Maintain confidentiality and adhere to the principles of equality and diversity. Additional criteria for the Treasurer  Qualified accountant with understanding of Charity finance and governance


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