Trustees of RPFI play a unique role in delivery of our mission. They are collectively responsible for the governance and the strategic direction. They are responsible for setting organisational policy, defining targets, agreeing the financial plan, evaluating performance, and ensuring that strong relationships are maintained between the Trustees and the Executives.

Vacancy: Trustee role

Location: Twickenham, London

Contract Type: Volunteer

Full / Part Time: Part-time

Closing Date: 29 February 2020                                                                           

Hours Per Week: N/A

 

About RPFI:

Richmond Psychosocial Foundation International (RPFI) was registered on 25th April 2006 as a Company Limited by Guarantee and as a charity on 25 September 2006. RPFI provides services to vulnerable groups; adults with mental health problems and adults with learning disabilities. RPFI envisions quality care to transform lives.

 

Role purpose:

Trustees of RPFI play a unique role in delivery of our mission. They are collectively responsible for the governance and the strategic direction. They are responsible for setting organisational policy, defining targets, agreeing the financial plan, evaluating performance, and ensuring that strong relationships are maintained between the Trustees and the Executives. The Board is accountable for everything we do, including setting our strategic direction, scrutinising our performance and supporting & empowering our Executive Team.  In this instance, we are looking particularly for a Trustee with legal experience or fundraising experience to join our Board.

 

 Our Trustees play a pivotal role in setting the strategic direction of our organisation, as well as holding management to account to ensure we are delivering our best for the people we support. For this role, we particularly welcome applications from candidates with legal and compliance expertise or fundraising experience.

 

Candidates should submit a CV (including details of key achievements and responsibilities) along with a covering letter which addresses the competencies outlined in the role description and person specification to [email protected] .

Trustees are required to attend monthly Board meetings at RPFI’s Head Office in Twickenham, London.

While this role is not remunerated, Trustees will receive reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred during work on behalf of RPFI.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact Susan Martins (chairperson of the board of trustees) on 07857245138.

The closing date for applications: 11:59pm (GMT) on Sunday, 29th February 2020.

Interview date: March 2020 (TBC)

 

 

 

 

 

Duties and responsibilities

 

Act in RPFI’s best interests, ensuring the charity complies with its governance responsibilities, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations, and ensuring the effective management of resources and of risk;

  • Provide support and constructive challenge to the executive Leadership Team to ensure the delivery of RPFI’s mission and implementation of its strategic plan;
  • Bring personal experience and professional expertise to the Board and to help strengthen Board governance;
  • In particular, as a Trustee with legal experience, to help ensure that RPFI remains legally compliant whilst also playing a critical role in advising on the appropriate risk appetite for the legal and compliance risks related to the charity’s activities;
  • Contribute to key strategic debates within the organisation and to specific departmental and cross-team initiatives;
  • Attend monthly Board meetings at RPFI’s Head Office in Twickenham, London;
  • Participate in at least one subcommittee of the Board.
  • Represent RPFI at key functions, including fundraising and profile-raising events.

 

Person specification

We are seeking to recruit a Trustee that:

Is engaged with, and excited by, RPFI’s vision, mission and values. You should be able to communicate a compelling sense of purpose to others;

  • Has professional expertise and experience of legal and compliance matters or fundraising issues. You do not need to be a specialist in the charity sector but should be willing to familiarise themself with the legal and compliance framework surrounding RPFI’s activities and plans, and the regulatory requirements of the Charity Commission, including matters pertaining to effective corporate governance, acquisitions and divestments, fundraising, data protection, and regulatory reporting;
  • Has experience and understanding of corporate governance issues, especially those that might affect a not-for-profit organisation;
  • Has a strong understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, liabilities and responsibilities of Trustees, and is clear on the difference between governance functions and management functions;
  • Has strong strategic awareness;
  • Is able and willing to devote the necessary time to the role. Trustees are required to attend all Board meetings (12 Board meetings per year) and will be asked to join at least one Board subcommittee. Trustees may also be asked to participate in Board strategy days and telephone conferences on behalf of RPFI;
  • Has excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and enjoys teamwork;
  • Has a good understanding of the context within which RPFI works
  • Is willing to build and use networks to make introductions for RPFI, for example to facilitate fundraising or advocacy or campaigning.