Job Title: Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Devon
Salary: Unpaid voluntary role
Reference: J61180
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 24, 2019 19:07

Job Description

Reach volunteering is working with Abbeyfield Tamar House in the recruitment of new Trustees to join their board. We are seeking enthusiastic motivated individuals, passionate about providing excellent care for the elderly and who are actively involved in corporate or community networks within the Plymouth area. We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who have experience in Governance, HR, Finance, Dementia Care or Health & Social Care in order to enhance our existing board.

Abbeyfield Tamar Extra Care Society is a ‘not for profit’ charity affiliated to The Abbeyfield Society.  It is a purpose built, 24 hour care residential home situated near Derriford Hospital, on the outskirts of the city of Plymouth.  We currently have 28 rooms but have recently applied to extend the home to provide specialist dementia care, of which there is a great demand for within the city, by building a further 12 rooms.

Role Purpose

  • To agree and regularly monitor the Society’s strategic direction and ensure that it pursues it objectives in keeping with this
  • To actively contribute in giving firm strategic direction to the Society – setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets, evaluating performance against those targets
  • To make sound commercial decisions on the future of the Society which are aligned with market demand
  • With other Trustees, ensure that the organisation functions within the legal, charitable and financial requirements of a charitable organisation and strive to achieve best practice
  • To act in the interests of the Society and to adhere to the overall national Abbeyfield standards such as the Gold Star accreditation or equivalent
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Society
  • To ensure the financial stability of the Society and the proper investment of funds
  • To create a professional staffing structure in each society which supports the business
  • To use a range of skills, knowledge and experience to help reach sound decisions. This could include investment of legacy funds or surplus, scrutiny of proposals, leading and initiating debate, providing advice or guidance on new initiatives, making investment decisions or marketing the society to the wider community

Person Specification

  • A commitment to the aims and objectives of the Society and to promoting it in the interests of residents
  • A willingness to give some time and effort
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • An understanding of legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • An ability to work effectively as a team, contributing an independent
  • perspective
  • Possess integrity, objectivity, accountability, honesty and leadership

Time Commitment and Location

The board currently meets once a month in Plymouth although this may change to bi-monthly in the near future.

What difference will you make?

We are seeking new trustees to balance and strengthen the board, to bring new experience and perspective as well as to equip the board with the skills and expertise it requires to make sound decisions and robust strategy.  We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and expertise to our trustee board to lead us as we grow and expand our services. Being a trustee is a rewarding and challenging position. 

What’s in it for the volunteer?

You will be joining a very loyal team whose dedication and commitment to caring is second to none. Testament to this is the consistently positive feedback from our residents, their relatives and the government inspectorate, the Care Quality Commission.