Trustee with Legal Expertise

Job Title: Trustee with Legal Expertise
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Birmingham
Salary: £0.00 - Voluntary role
Reference: J60336
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 13, 2018 15:02

Job Description

Reach Volunteering are working with Focus Birmingham in the recruitment of a new Legal Trustee to join their board. Focus Birmingham is a specialist charity providing expert support, advice and information to anyone in the Birmingham area affected by sight loss or other disabilities. And because sight loss and disability affects family, friends and carers, we will work with them too.  Uncompromising: We believe everyone deserves the chance to live a safe, happy and productive life. We find innovative ways to challenge anything or anyone who threatens that.

Focus Birmingham is a Registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. Trustees, who are also Company Directors, are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity. They also have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, the charity’s management and administration.  We are looking for a Trustee with legal expertise with in particular a good working knowledge of equality and diversity issues.  We are particularly keen to achieve a more diverse Board of Trustees and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Role Summary

  • Taking a lead role on the Board for legal and compliance matters.
  • To provide the Board of Trustees, management team and members of staff with guidance for legal matters and to liaise with external advisors if required, ensuring that the charity is kept up to date and informed of any changes and updates to its legal obligations.
  • Review policies and risks annually with the Chair and other Trustees, giving advice on any legal implications they may present.
  • Where appropriate to provide ad hoc legal advice including commercial agreements, property law and charity law.
  • Set, shape and deliver key objectives from the charity’s strategic plans, alongside fellow Board members and the management team

Main Responsibilities

  • To ensure the charity complies with its governing document, Charity Law, Company Law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To act in the charity’s best interests
  • To manage the charity’s resources responsibly
  • To ensure the charity is accountable
  • To act with reasonable care and skill
  • To develop and promote best practice in terms of governance.
  • Promote effective relationships and communications between the non-executive Board of Trustees and members of the Executive Team
  • To ensure that appropriate objectives are established for the Chief Executive and to monitor performance against those objectives
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity and its resources, striving for best practice in good governance
  • To abide by all relevant Focus Birmingham policies and procedures

Person Specification

  • The successful applicant will be a qualified Barrister or Solicitor with a current practising certificate, qualified in England & Wales and able to offer legal advice to Focus Birmingham and the Trustee Board.
  • An understanding of the UK charity sector, good governance, Charity Commission, Companies House requirements, relevant legislations and statutory requirements.
  • Willingness to act in the best interest of the charity while adhering the Nolan principles of public life, legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Sound, independent judgement and ability to think creatively
  • Working effectively as a team member and demonstrating a willingness to learn and develop
  • A commitment to the aims and objectives of Focus Birmingham and to promoting the interests of people with visual impairment or disability
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision and a willingness to speak their mind
  • To successfully meet the requirements around the ‘Fit & Proper Persons Test’ and ‘Duty of Candour’ as set out by the Care Quality Commission

We are particularly keen to achieve a more diverse Board of Trustees and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Time Commitment

The Board meets at least four times a year at the organisation’s premises Focus Birmingham, 48 Woodville Road, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 9AT and sub-committee meetings also take place 4 times year which you will be requested to attend.  There is also a requirement to attend meetings at Harborne, to attend other engagements and events as a representative of the charity.  You will also need to be available throughout your trusteeship to advise and support the organisation in respect of any legal and compliance issues.

What difference will you make?

This is an exciting opportunity for new trustees to be appointed to the Board who can bring a diverse range of skills and expertise to assist the charity to develop its services.

What's in it for the volunteer?

You will be part of a team that is passionate and dedicated to achieving its core objective to deliver quality services which are ‘user led’ as much as possible. 

Before you apply

All applications must be submitted to TrusteeWorks in the first instance. Interested volunteers should provide a CV, together with a covering letter addressed to Julie Roberton, outlining their interest in and suitability for the role.

The closing date for application is the 31st December 2018 with interviews planned for 8th January 2019.