We are recruiting a number of new Trustees to our Board, during an exciting time of change for the Foundation. We are looking for people who have significant experience to match one or more of the following:
- A qualified senior lawyer with current experience in the solicitor’s branch of the law
- A citizenship education practitioner – either within an educational or policy environment
- A senior educationalist with current experience in a school environment (head teacher, deputy or business manager).
The Board has the following minimum expectations of all Trustees:
- Attendance at quarterly Board meetings, and occasional strategy meetings. Board meetings take place in the evenings at our offices in Aldgate. Strategy meetings are usually held during the working day.
- Availability via phone or email to the Chair or Executive for advice from time to time.
In addition, Trustees will normally be expected to undertake membership of a Board Committee, requiring attendance at about four meetings each year, usually held during the working day.
Trustees are appointed for an initial term of three years with the option to renew for a further three years.
- ensure that the Citizenship Foundation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
- ensure that the Citizenship Foundation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
- ensure the Citizenship Foundation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are.
- contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the Citizenship Foundation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
- safeguard the good name and values of the Citizenship Foundation.
- ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Citizenship Foundation.
- ensure the financial stability of the Citizenship Foundation.
- protect and manage the assets of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
- appoint the chief executive and monitor their performance. 7. Trustee – Person specification
- Specific skills and experience relating to the Trustee role
- Commitment to the Citizenship Foundation and its mission.
- Understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
- Willingness to put time and effort into the trustee role.
- Commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
- Good, independent judgement. Impartiality, fairness and confidentiality. Willingness to speak his or her mind
- Tact and diplomacy
- Respect for others.
- Willingness to learn new skills
Specific skills and abilities
- Strategic thinker
- Creative thinker
- Effective team member
- Excellent communicator and strong interpersonal skills
This is an unpaid role, although reasonable expenses are available.
About The Citizenship Foundation
The Citizenship Foundation is an enterprising charity. We work to ensure that every young person has the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to become an active citizen. Not only is that good for the individual, it is also essential for strengthening and safeguarding an inclusive society and democratic way of life.
We help young people to understand the law, politics and society. We help teachers deliver engaging education about citizenship. And we help professionals partner with schools and young people to equip them with the knowledge and skills to participate in their local communities and beyond.