Being a trustee can be a deeply fulfilling and sometimes challenging experience. You bring your skills and you learn new skills, meet new people and directly influence an organisation or cause that you care about. Ultimately your work will change lives. By becoming a Trustee for Age Concern Hampshire we guarantee you will make a difference.

Age Concern Hampshire

With a new Chief Executive from February 2017, Age Concern Hampshire is looking forward to developing its plans for the future delivery of its work and expanding the number of its Trustees to help realise its ambitions in the coming years.

The Trustee Board comprises a team of committed and experienced professionals, with specialist knowledge across a range of different areas. The Charity is looking for up to three new Trustees with specific skills. These areas have been identified as priority:

HR, Media and communications, Fundraising, Volunteer management

Membership of the Board of Trustees involves a considerable commitment as well as substantial skills and experience in order to contribute actively to the charity’s strategic development. Trustees are also Directors of the company, with legal responsibilities for governance and financial stewardship. Personal gravitas, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively will be key. Trustees demonstrate a track record of sound judgment and effective decision making. Interested applicants will need to evidence strong competencies in their individual field of expertise, and a genuine empathy for the charity’s aims and objectives.

Ideally, you will have experience of operating within a Board in a charitable or public sector organisation or commercial entity, and you must have held a senior role that showcases your skills and abilities in one or more of the key areas identified. Trustees contribute actively to the Board of Trustees in giving firm strategic direction to the charity, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets. Each Trustee uses the specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve:

•    Scrutiny of papers and reports brought to the Board for consideration

•    Leading discussions

•    Focusing on key issues

•    Providing guidance on new initiatives

•    Contributing to the income generation and fundraising strategies of the organisation

•    Providing guidance in areas in which the trustee has special expertise

•    Involvement in setting the budget

Role description

Trustees play an essential role in the governance of the charity and its future development. While retaining total responsibility for the conduct of Age Concern Hampshire’s affairs, Trustees delegate functions to the Chief Executive and senior staff. Key responsibilities for Trustees are:
Compliance and statutory duties

•    To ensure the charity complies with all legal and regulatory requirements, its governing documents,  being guardians of the charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application.

•    To ensure the charity pursues its objects as defined in its governing articles and is administered effectively and efficiently.

•    To ensure the charity uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects and does not spend money on activities not included in its own objects.

•    To direct and oversee Age Concern Hampshire’s arrangements for internal and external audit.

•    To scrutinise board papers, attend board meetings and contribute to discussions and the decision-making processes.

•    To provide guidance on new initiatives and issues in which the Trustee has special expertise.

•    To make sure risk management and control systems are in place, with clear delegated responsibilities to staff for managing and mitigating risk, and to monitor these on an ongoing basis.

•    To make sure the charity has up to date safeguarding policy and practices.


•    To agree strategy and approve strategic plans.

To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
•    To use any specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions on strategy and operational plans.

Financial management

•    To ensure the financial stability of the charity, ensuring solvency and safeguarding assets.

•    To ensure the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs, has an appropriate investment policy and a reserves policy.

•    To protect and manage the assets of the charity and proper investment of the charity’s funds.

•    To approve annual budgets and monitor financial performance against these budgets.

•    To support the work of the Remuneration Committee in determining appropriate pay and reward.

To appoint Auditors and standing legal advisers.
To approve the Annual Report and Accounts.


•    To ensure Age Concern Hampshire has policies to recruit, retain and develop quality staff.

•    To assist the Chair in the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer / Director and other key staff.

•    To be available, individually or as part of a group whenever needed for advice and guidance and provide access to other specialist advice if required.

To ensure the Chief Executive and senior staff are performing their delegated functions effectively and monitor their performance against the strategic plans, annual budgets and operational targets.
•    To advise the Chair of any issues arising in relation to the Chief Executive and senior staff performance and make recommendations on how to address these.

Reputation and profile

•    To safeguard the good name and values of the charity.

•    To help the Chair and team deliver key messages on the work and plans for the charity among beneficiaries, donors, commissioners and partners,

•    To act as an Ambassador and establish networks to support the charity’s strategy and reputation.


•    Appointment of Trustees and of the Chair

•    Approval of terms of reference

•    Approval of the terms of reference of other panels or committees. E.g. Remuneration, Governance

•    Consider the Charity’s strategy and risk preference in relation to conduct and reputational risks impacting the Charity’s brand and value.

With other Trustees, hold the charity “in trust” for current and future beneficiaries and responsible for the performance of the charity and for its “corporate” behaviour
Ensure the charity applies its resources in pursuance of its objects.

Person Specification

•    A passion for the aims of the charity, a commitment to its vision and an ambition to increase its impact to make the biggest difference possible to the lives of our beneficiaries.

The ability to ensure the charity is focused on a clear vision, mission and strategic direction.
•    A proven track record of leadership in either the voluntary, public or commercial sectors.

•    Professional experience relevant to any of the following criteria:

•    HR – HR background, CIPD qualified, senior roles, awareness of current HR processes and legislation.

•    Volunteer management – Volunteering experience including managing volunteers.

•    Media and communications – Marketing degree or similar experience, social media knowledge and experience

•    Fundraising – Current or former fundraising professional, knowledgeable on current fundraising legislation and guidelines.  Member of the Institute of Fundraising and ideally have completed the fundraising diploma or the previous qualification MinstF (Cert)

•   Ability to work as a team with fellow trustees.

Well networked with willingness and ability to invite professional and personal networks to support the charity’s fundraising aims and plans.

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About Age Concern Hampshire

Age Concern Hampshire is an independent charity working across the county to promote independent living to over-50s. We provide information and advice as well as activities, wellbeing and care to over 58,000 people each year. - See more at: http://www.ageconcernhampshire.org.uk

Our vision is that getting older should be a positive experience where everyone is respected, valued and able to make informed choices. We receive year-on-year accreditation for the quality of our services and take a caring and supportive approach to our work, ensuring that older people, their carers and families achieve the very best quality of life.