Job Title: Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: East London
Salary: £0.00 - Voluntary role
Reference: J62316
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 23, 2019 09:05

Job Description

About the organisation

Age UK East London is vibrant and independent charity providing vital support and care for vulnerable older people in East London. We have over 120 staff and 200 volunteers committed to providing professional care in over 30 projects in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham. We are committed to working with our partners including local housing associations, the CCGs, the NHS and in the respective Local Authorities as well as our other third party partners.

About the role

Six years ago the three Age UK Hackney, Age UK Newham and Age UK Tower Hamlets joined together to create Age UK East London (AUKEL). This has enabled the charity to reduce its overheads and reach more people and work with many more East London stakeholders. 

AUKEL has a mission to ensure that vulnerable and poor older people in London are supported to have the lives that they would choose. We have built a strong skills based Board, to meet the needs of the organisation. Now in order to comply with the required turnover of Board Members we are looking to recruit three new Trustees to enable the charity to meets its mission.

The Board currently has 9 members including the Chair. It also has a Finance subcommittee.

Running a healthy and successful charity requires a strong Board that offers leadership and challenge in a collegiate and positive way and has the beneficiaries at the core of everything they do.

All Trustees work with the Chair. Lucy Bracken has been the Chair of AUKEL for 6 years.  She has worked with her Board colleagues to instil a ‘can do’ approach to the charities work, with a very strong emphasis on managing risk, in particular financial controls and safeguarding for both our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.

Trustees will be required to first complete an induction to the organisation and the Board. This would include site visits and meetings with the CEO, SMT, Chair and Board members.

By being part of the Board of Trustees of AUKEL you will be helping us to have greater reach in making a positive impact on the lives of many vulnerable and poor older people and their carer’s life, living in East London. You will be supporting our 60 members of staff and part of our 100 storing volunteer team. You will also have the opportunity to learn about how to tackle the challenges issues that our beneficiaries face, and how to deliver appropriate co-produced services that enrich older people’s life and enhance the whole community of East London.

AUKEL is a very unique charity. We have been extremely successful in embedding our services within the social and health care systems in East London. We have an outstanding SMT who have a tireless commitment to meeting the challenges for vulnerable older people. It is an inspiring place to volunteer. The ‘can do’, and nimble approach of the SMT and Board put AUKEL at the forefront of innovation of this Charity Sector.

The main duties of a Trustee for AUKEL are to:

  • ensure that AUKEL complies with its governing document (its Articles of Association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulation
  • ensure that AUKEL pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • ensure AUKEL applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects. For example, it must not spend money on activities which are not included in the objects, however worthwhile they may be
  • contribute actively to the board of trustees by giving firm strategic direction to AUKEL, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • safeguard the good name and values of AUKEL
  • ensure the financial stability of AUKEL
  • ad hoc work such as staff recruitment, reviewing tenders and attending commissioning workshops.

Person specification

Each trustee must have:

  • a commitment to the mission of AUKEL
  • integrity
  • 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 AUKEL

We are looking for new Trustees who have skills and experience of:

  • strategic planning in this sector
  • commissioning in the older people and health sectors
  • fundraising
  • human resources
  • finance
  • charity governance and law
  • communications and social media

AUKEL welcome applications from people who bring experience of:

  • living and/or working in East London
  • the support for older people in East London, personal or for others
  • the needs of vulnerable older people, personal or for others

Time commitment

Board meetings are bi-monthly, on the last Wednesday in the month from 6pm – 8.30pm at the Mill House in Bow.

How to apply

Applications must be made via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. Deadline for applications is 13th September 2019.