Job Title: Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Trustee
Contact Name: Rosie Macpherson
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 22, 2021 18:56

Job Description

Free to Be is a small charity with core values centred around a can do attitude, resilience to overcome challenge, a kind heart and an eye for detail. We have an ambitious strategy for growth aiming to significantly Increase both numbers and longevity of the support we offer to very vulnerable children. We are seeking trustees who bring drive, passion and commitment to support us in this endeavour, bringing their expertise and thinking, and their time and availability, to help us make the step change to the next level.

We are seeking applications from individuals who represent a wide range of backgrounds, and especially those with an interest in the children's sector and outdoor therapeutic residential programmes. We are also keen for our Board to reflect the communities we serve, and very much welcome applications from those with relevant lived experience, and candidates from black and minority ethnic communities.

Having recently undergone a Trustee skills audit we are particularly interested to receive applications from those who have experience in income generation & fundraising, strategic planning, organisational development, partnerships & Influencing and financial management, but do not let these specialisms put you off applying as we are keen to hear from anyone who is motivated by our cause and values, with the time and energy to support our development.

Salary: Unremunerated, but we want to be accessible to all so can reimburse reasonable travel expenses and make any other adjustments as required

Location: Meetings are held virtually or in our offices in Waterloo

Time Commitment: Minimum commitment of 3 board meetings, 1 strategy day, and 1 visit to a project per year, but we are keen to attract trustees who are able to give additional time outside of board meetings.

Term: Three years in the first instance, with the possibility of further terms

Role Purpose

Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Free to Be, developing its aims, objectives and goals in accordance with charity guidelines, legal and regulatory requirements. Trustees are responsible for monitoring the performance of the senior leadership team against the charity’s strategy and objectives, and the recruitment of CEOs where required. Trustees must ensure the charity’s income is directed to its charitable purpose and to ensure the charity remains financially viable. Trustees will also be key in contributing to the thinking and supporting actions needed to build the charity and further develop our exciting strategic approach.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensuring Free to Be complies with guidelines, legislation and regulations relevant to the organisation, with a particular focus on safeguarding children.
  • Contributing to the board of trustees' role of providing strategic direction and supporting the development of policies, goals and targets.
  • Ensuring Free to Be pursues defined goals in line with its stated strategy and objectives.
  • Monitoring the financial position, ensuring that Free to Be operates within its means and remains financially stable and there is clear accountability for financial management.
  • Maintaining Free to Be’s reputation, and ensuring risks are effectively defined, mitigated and managed appropriately.
  • Making sure that the administration of the charity is carried out efficiently.
  • Using specific expertise to assist in certain areas to further the aims of Free to Be, leading discussions and providing guidance, based on trustee’s own skills and experience and the requirements of Free to Be.
  • Participating in working groups as necessary, attending development and networking events as required to build own skills and further the aims of Free to Be.
  • Maintaining confidentiality about any sensitive or confidential information received in the course of duties as a trustee.
  • Regularly attending and taking a full part in meetings

Person Specification - qualifications, skills and experience

  • An understanding of the role of a trustee and the importance of carrying out required legal duties.
  • Passion for and commitment to the goals and aims of the organisation, and willingness to reflect the values and behaviours of Free to Be.
  • Knowledge of, and strong interest in, issues impacting the adversity faced by the families Free to Be supports and the children’s charity sector more broadly.
  • Drive, energy, flexibility and commitment to the role, including capacity to devote meaningful time outside of board meetings to supporting the charity’s growth and development.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships with Free to Be leadership team and engage with staff and volunteers when appropriate as positive role models for Free to Be.
  • Ability to make good independent judgements, being able to voice concerns and alternative opinions, to reach a consensus agreement.
  • Able to contribute specific skills, key contacts and knowledge to add value to the charity’s financial and strategic development.
  • Able to think creatively, be open-minded, and with the ability to contribute to discussions and decision making.
  • Proven strategic abilities, ideally with experience in helping smaller organisations grow, and capacity to help create solutions towards growth.
  • Proven experience working as a member of successful teams. Integrity and objectivity which can be applied to all aspects of the role.