30 days ago
Building a Skilled and Diverse Board
The Grange is an organisation that champions the differences of the people it supports, and celebrates their contribution to the world around them. As such, the charity also welcomes applications from potential Trustees of all ages and backgrounds, and especially from groups which tend to be under-represented in public life. Previous experience as a Trustee is not required.
The Grange believes that a diverse Board of Trustees can:
- improve the quality of challenge and decision-making, by drawing on a richer mix of skills, knowledge and experience
- ensure that the charity is fair and open in all its dealings;
- keep the board’s thinking fresh and open to new ideas;
- increase public confidence and accountability;
- increase resilience and flexibility to overcome challenges.
The organisation will make reasonable adaptations to ensure that Trustees from different backgrounds are able to participate fully in the work of the Board and the life of The Grange.
The Board of Trustees has identified the core skills required to enable it to fulfil its functions effectively in the form of a skills matrix. This is a key tool in selecting new Trustees.
Expectations for a Trustee
A Trustee must:
- support, uphold and develop the values of The Grange;
- ensure that the management of The Grange complies with the appropriate legal and regulatory frameworks in which it operates, and reflects best practice in governance;
- act always in the best interests of the charity;
- fulfil the position in such a way as to add external trust and confidence in the organisation;
- determine the overall direction and development of The Grange, through good governance and clear strategic planning;
- be familiar with the people, business and life of The Grange, and understand the culture;
- contribute skills and aptitudes from professional or domestic life that add value to the collective work of the Board;
As an Individual:
- Prepare for, attend and contribute to the quarterly board meetings;
- Provide high level advice and guidance, where required, to senior managers and specialists within the staff team;
- Act as a signatory for bank accounts, payroll or applications for external funds;
- Maintain absolute confidentiality in relation to sensitive or confidential information received in carrying out Board duties;
- Commit to training and development relevant to the role, in line with The Grange’s adopted Trustee Induction, Training and Development Procedure (BT04).