Trustee - Blood Cancer UK

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Our trustees are the custodians of Blood Cancer UK and are legally responsible for ensuring that our resources are used effectively in pursuit of our main objectives. But the purpose and role of a Trustee is much more than compliance, we need you to help us keep the patient and beating blood cancers at the heart of all that we do, ensuring that the organisational purpose of Blood Cancer UK is achieved and that demonstrable progress is made in beating blood cancer. In practice this means that you will:

  • Be motivated by purpose, keeping our mission at the heart of all we do.
  • Have a clear understanding of the organisation, the Trustee role and the responsibilities that it brings.
  • Be honest about performance, being committed to working together well and ready to improve to deliver impact.
  • Ultimately, take responsibility for the organisation; managing it well, making difficult decisions and leading by example.
  • Behave with integrity, independence of mind and a conviction of spirit that is always aligned to our mission.
  • Act and behave with openness, welcoming accountability, listening and responding with insight.

Trustee Role Profile

  • Uphold and adhere to the highest standard of charity governance as set out by the Charity Commission.
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the charity.
  • Monitor the performance of the executive against the organisation’s strategic and operational plans.
  • Contribute to the identification and monitoring of risk.
  • Participate in meaningful discussions at Board (and committees) with your expertise, skills, knowledge and experience.
  • Scrutinise Board papers and ask appropriate questions, challenge and support.
  • Active input into discussions, apply good judgement and contribute to the decision making process.
  • Courage to make difficult decisions when required.
  • Be an inspirational and charismatic ambassador and an advocate at all levels for Blood Cancer UK, with patients, researchers, politicians, policymakers, volunteers, fundraising partners and the world at large.
  • Maximise your networks and identify opportunities that will benefit Blood Cancer UK.
  • Challenge the Board, Executive and Board’s advisers constructively, ask questions, be inquisitive and welcome challenge back.
  • Seek and increase knowledge, understanding and being willing to learn and improve.
  • Build constructive, positive relationships with other Trustees and staff with a willingness to listen and understand.
  • Be responsive to a changing world, actively engaging with and learning about developments in the charity sector and beyond.

Your Legal Responsibilities Include:

  • Ensure that the charity is well run, solvent and delivers its charitable outcomes.
  • Ensure funds are not placed at undue risk or misused.
  • Ensure the charity complies with regulation and law.
  • Act with integrity and avoid conflicts of interest.
  • Commit to the improvement of governance and the governing skills of the Board.

Formal guidance on the responsibilities of trustees is issued by the Charity Commission: see Guidance Note CC03 which all trustees are given upon appointment.

The Commitment

  • You will need to attend 4 to 5 meetings of the Board per year, with 4 meetings on average lasting half a day and 1 meeting likely to stretch over 2 days. In addition, you may be asked to be a member of a board Committee which generally meet 3 times each year.
  • Trustees generally meet at our London office in Holborn. But with Covid-19 we have been meeting virtually.
  • You will attend some of our supporter engagement and fundraising events such as Impact Days.
  • Whilst this is a volunteer role, reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.
  • The term of appointment will be three years initially with a review of performance for renewal for a further three years and again after this period for a maximum of nine years. In exceptional circumstances, the term may go beyond this period.

For more information about the position, please see our job pack by clicking here.

If you would like to apply for the position of Trustee please send your CV, along with a brief covering letter to: recruitment@bloodcancer.org.uk explaining your interest in Blood Cancer UK and how you believe you could contribute as a trustee.

Closing Date: Saturday 31st October

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