Job Title: Trustee
Location: Leicester
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: J67694
Contact Name: Rachel Ord
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 02, 2020 16:37

Job Description

The Quetzal Project are looking for new Trustees with a variety of skills and experience to join their friendly Board.

We provide counselling and support to female survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the areas of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Quetzal was the brainchild of Jennifer Anthony Black, beginning in 1989 as a self-help group and then developing into a more formal range of professional support services.  Sadly, Jennifer passed away in March 2009, but her vision remains.

Whilst Quetzal remains the only free counselling provision across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, we do request a donation based upon a flexible consideration of personal circumstances. However, no woman is ever turned away from our services if they are unable to do so.


Role summary:

To support our transition and development, we are seeking new Trustees to join our Board.

Quetzal Trustees are both Trustees of the Charity and Directors of the company overseeing the work of the organisation. Being a Quetzal trustee is an important role! We are proud of our volunteers and the service provided to women, and ask that Trustee’s also share this same sense of pride. Trustee’s act as ‘guardians of purpose’, ensuring the needs of the beneficiaries are central to how we provide our services.


Trustee’s play a large and responsible role in safeguarding the Charity through strategic governance and responsible decision making. In addition to trustees’ statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions, which may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, and evaluating or offering advice on other areas in which the trustee has particular expertise.


Trustees are also expected to:

  • Be committed to the vision and values of The Quetzal Project
  • Abide by The Quetzal Project’s policies and procedures
  • Meet the minimum time commitment
  • Declare conflicts of interest
  • Contribute actively to the board
  • Keep informed of The Quetzal Project’s work


Main responsibilities of the Trustees:


  • Ensure The Quetzal Project complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • Ensure that The Quetzal Project pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
  • Ensure The Quetzal Project applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects. For example, it cannot 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 a firm strategic direction, setting overall policies, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against targets.
  • Ensuring the financial stability and sustainability of The Quetzal Project
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of The Quetzal Project.
  • To protect and manage the property of The Quetzal Project and to ensure proper investment of the organisation’s funds.


Person specification:

We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who have skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Legal
  • HR
  • Charity governance
  • Strategic planning/change management

Each trustee brings their own skills, experiences and qualities to the board. They add to the collective knowledge and experience by providing:

  • Commitment to the aims, values and mission of The Quetzal project
  • Willingness and ability to understand and accept their responsibilities and liabilities as trustees, and to act in the best interests of the organisation.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, exercise good, independent judgement, and work effectively as a board member.
  • Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussion.
  • Willingness to gain knowledge of local needs and resources that are available to deliver services.
  • An ability to focus on the wider contextual environment Quetzal operate within and how the work the organisation provides fits within that, without becoming too operationally focused.


Time commitment:

  • The Board currently meet for 2 hours each month on a Thursday evening. This take place on the charity’s premises, however it is possible to join remotely.
  • An annual AGM that takes place in November
  • Annual away days for Board Members – these are planned in advance to take into account time commitments
  • Reading of materials sent prior to meetings and on an ad-hoc basis with follow up communication consequently


How to apply:


Application must be made via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. Please provide you CV and cover letter stating why you are interested in the role, how your skills and experience match the person specification, how you can add value to the board and any other relevant information.

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