Job Title: Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Bristol
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: MC 02091
Contact Name: Sandy Hinks
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 15, 2020 11:10

Job Description

The West of England Sport Trust (Wesport) is a Registered Charity (1114495) & Company Limited by Guarantee (05794916) and fulfils the role of the Active Partnership for the West of England, which covers Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, working with a network of organisations across this area.  There are 43 Active Partnerships across England, all of whom are linked together via the Active Partnerships National Network.

Wesport’s vision is: Improving lives in the West of England through championing, developing, and delivering sport & physical activity.  The mission is to: Create, Inspire, and Empower through Sport & Physical Activity.  This describes what Wesport aims to achieve in the long-term and serves as a guide for choosing the current and future courses of action.

Wesport is seeking to add to its existing Board of non-executives, an independent Chairperson and additional Trustees to broaden the skills of the governing body. This is a voluntary role requiring approximately 1-2 days per month of Trustee time to fulfil role responsibilities.

Knowledge & Experience

  • Leadership/resource/people management.
  • Leading Strategic planning from a senior management role.
  • Knowledge of the West of England within own industry sector preferred.


  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing at all levels
  • Able to think objectively and make sound, independent judgements

The following areas have been identified as desirable areas of expertise:

  • Finance / accountancy
  • Fundraising (charitable, commercial and / or grants)
  • Marketing / Public relations / social media
  • Legal
  • Health and / or social care
  • Human Resources
  • Education
  • Sports background (elite, volunteer and / or coaching)
  • Experience of working with traditionally "hard to reach" groups
  • Community development
  • Personal development
  • Public sector knowledge / engagement                                                    

Main responsibilities

  • To determine the overall direction and development of Wesport through good governance
  • To ensure that the policies of, and delivery by, the Trust match its Charitable objectives.
  • To ensure the Trust has a clear purpose, vision and strategic direction, and is focused on achieving these
  • To safeguard the Trust’s good name and values
  • To further the strategic objectives of Wesport, acting in the best interests of the Trust at all times and supporting its development through participation in agreed projects
  • To act as a guardian of the Trust’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application
  • To ensure that the Trust’s governance is of the highest possible standard
  • To work in partnership with other Trustees, the Chief Executive and other senior staff
  • To advocate for and represent Wesport positively at meetings, events or conferences
  • The Role of the Chair
  • Leading and managing the Wesport Trust Board including chairing meetings
  • Liaising with the Chief Executive to ensure that the Board actively and comprehensively manages the Company’s business
  • Ensuring that the Board and the Chief Executive carry out the legal responsibilities relating to a company limited by guarantee & a registered charity, its work and its staff
  • Promoting and working as an advocate of the role and objectives of Wesport
  • Building and maintaining working relationships with a range of key partners and stakeholders from the public, private and third sectors


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