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Trustees

Spires are are looking for new trustees for our committed and proactive board and are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with backgrounds in social care, education, legal and probation services.

Spires is an award-winning charity that has been working with homeless and disadvantaged people in Streatham, South London, since 1990.  Working with some of the most isolated and vulnerable in our society, we support over 900 men and women every year.

This is a great opportunity to make a real difference in an organisation that is committed to helping vulnerable people to become active agents of their own lives.

We are entering an exciting period of change for Spires. You will be involved in driving the strategic direction of our organisation, as we continue our provision of services which aim to empower individuals to lead more meaningful and purposeful lives, your input as a trustee is key in ensuring our future sustainability.

Role summary

Our board of trustees works together to ensure Spires’ work is sustainable and accountable by exercising good governance and following all necessary policies and procedures.

In addition to your statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Person specification

We are looking for individuals with a background in social care, education, legal and probation services as well as the following attributes:

  • A commitment to Spires and its objectives.
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Strategic vision
  • A willingness to speak their mind
  • An understanding of legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a Trustee
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • An ability to think creatively

As an organisation we are particularly keen to ensure that our trustees are fully representative of the community in which we work and at the current time we would warmly welcome applications from people with a diverse range of background, ethnicity, gender, culture and physical ability.

Other details

Applicants will be longlisted and invited for an informal first interview with the Chief Executive. This will also be their opportunity to meet staff and see the services in action.

Candidates will then be shortlisted and invited for a formal interview with a panel of trustees including the Chair. They may be asked to make a short presentation based on their observations of the services.

How to apply

Applications should be made via Reach in the first instance. Please email provide your CV, along with a covering letter stating why you wish to work for the organisation, how your skills would add value to the board and any other relevant information.