Trustee


Key information

Role Title

Trustee

Salary

The role of Trustee is unpaid. However we are committed to ensuring that no volunteer should find themselves out of pocket because of expenses incurred when carrying out activities on our behalf. As a volunteer, you can claim out of pocket expenses in line with Parkinson’s UK’s Volunteer Expenses Policy.

Location

Charity meetings are usually held at the charity’s UK Office at 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EJ, and occasional travel outside of London may be required. Meetings are designed in ways to assist people in attending (location/time/structure of agenda) including Skype options in some instances to make these meetings more accessible for all.

Anticipated length of role

Appointed Trustees are generally appointed for a fixed term of four years.  Trustees can generally not serve more than two consecutive full terms and after this time must stand down.

Anticipated time contribution

The Board usually meets around seven times a year during normal business hours. Trustees are expected to adequately prepare for, attend and contribute to all Board meetings and participate in additional tasks and meetings as required by the Board.

The expected time commitment is the equivalent of two days per month as detailed below:

  • Seven all day meetings of the Board (including an annual away day)
  • ½ day for the AGM
  • Committee, panel or working group commitments as appropriate
  • Keeping up-to-date with developments within the charity and governance best practice
  • Other Parkinson’s UK events as appropriate

Member support contact: 

Support is provided by a small governance team who can assist with travel arrangements, circulation of meeting papers and general queries.

All new Trustees are also offered the opportunity to be matched with an existing Trustee to act as a buddy and friend to help you settle into the role.

Training provision

A full induction will be provided following appointment. 

This will be followed up with regular correspondence from the charity to keep Trustees up-to-date and engaged with its work.

Additional training may also be provided as appropriate.

About the role

The role of the Board of Trustees

The Board is the governing body of Parkinson’s UK. Trustees are jointly and severally responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity and must ensure that the charity is solvent, well run and delivers against its charitable objects. The Board must make decisions in the best interests of the charity as a whole and are accountable to its beneficiaries, members, donors and its regulators.

Being a Trustee

Trusteeship is ultimately a legal and fiduciary role, whose purpose is to safeguard the charity and its assets. Our Trustees need to be able to interpret and discuss complex financial information, assess and respond appropriately to sometimes hazardous risk, and ensure compliance with the statutory and regulatory frameworks imposed by charity and company law. This is set out in more detail in the Trustee role description below. Candidates should read this carefully and ensure that they fully understand the responsibilities and liabilities that will be undertaken if appointed as a Trustee.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for this post please provide a comprehensive CV including details of:

  • relevant professional and personal achievements
  • two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer 

This should be accompanied by a covering letter explaining:

  • your motivation for the role including any previous involvement with Parkinson’s UK
  • how you believe your skills and experience match the requirements of the role, directly addressing the person specification
  • any relevant experience as an executive or non-executive director/Trustee.

If you have any queries, or would like an informal and confidential conversation about this position, please contact Nicola Hitt via email: recruit@parkinsons.org.uk

TIMETABLE AND PROCESS

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 6 June

Please also note the following dates:

Shortlisting: 7 June

Interviews: 21 June, 26 June and 11 July

Board meeting dates:  9 August, 4 October and 13 December