Becoming a board trustee of Crieff Community Trust
To express your interest in joining our board as a trustee please complete this form.
We are looking for motivated, committed individuals to volunteer to join our board. Responsible for guiding the organisation’s strategy and development, you will be actively involved in ensuring the organisation is legally compliant and financially sustainable, as well as taking a hands-on role in running some projects if you choose. The role involves a commitment of around 8 hours per month, which will include 10 formal meetings per year, our AGM, preparing for Board Meetings, ad-hoc meetings as required, and membership of a working group.
We are committed to having an inclusive and diverse board and welcome applications from representatives of the whole community.
The role of our trustees
Our trustees are responsible for the governance of the Charity and overseeing the management and administration of the organisation. Trustees have, and must accept, the ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of CCT, ensuring that it is solvent and well run, delivering quality projects for people in Crieff for whom it was set up. Trustees are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public, funders and service users. This is an exciting and challenging period of growth and development at CCT and we are looking for people with a range of skills, experiences and backgrounds. To find out more about what we have been doing in the last year please read our Annual Report.
The Board meets approximately 10 times per year normally from 7 pm – 8:30 pm on the third Thursday of the month (missing out July and December). There will, from time to time, be the opportunity for Trustees to join subgroups such as Fundraising, HR, Finance & Evaluation and Research which meet out with the main Board meeting. Trustees are also expected to attend the annual AGM. Communication between meetings usually takes place by email or phone. Board meetings may be held online, or at premises in Crieff. This is a voluntary position and so not remunerated.
Training: Board members will receive full induction, along with access to further training / learning.
What will you get out of volunteering with CCT?
The CCT board is a friendly group of Crieff people. You will gain valuable networks through connections with other Trustees. You will develop your strategic thinking, business skills and financial understanding which are transferable to all future roles. Ongoing support and mentoring will be available and the Chair of the Board will work with the appointed Trustee to conduct a training needs analysis at the outset of their tenure. Ultimately, as a Trustee, you will be able to make a real difference to a vibrant organisation that aims to improve life in Crieff.
Applicants must satisfy statutory requirements in order to be eligible to become a Charity Trustee. The Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (“the 2005 Act”) disqualifies anyone who:
- Has an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or an offence under the 2005 Act
- Is an undischarged bankrupt
- Has been removed from trusteeship of a charity by the Courts, OSCR or Charity Commission for misconduct of mismanagement
- Is disqualified from serving as a company director.
Appointed Board Members will be expected to sign a declaration to confirm that they are not disqualified from acting as a charity trustee.
We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. We welcome Board Member applications from all suitable candidates regardless of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.
The general responsibilities of this role include:
- To be an active member of the board, helping to give the organisation strategic direction
- To actively contribute at board meetings and help to monitor the implementation of decisions taken at meetings
- Contribute to the setting of policy, objectives and adherence to, thereafter
- Ensure the financial stability of the organisation and ensure sound risk management
- To approve audited accounts
- To protect and manage the property of the charity
- Ensure the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law and other relevant regulations
- Ensure compliance with OSCR and charity law, ensuring annual returns and accounts are submitted in a timely manner
- The requirement for Trustees to act with integrity, and avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets.
- Safeguard the good name and the values of the charity
- Raise the public profile of the organisation
- Provide leadership to support staff to deliver high-quality services at all times, as well as manage periods of change or difficulty
- To represent CCT as necessary
- To develop and approve the organisation’s vision and values.
- To promote the reputation of the organisation.
- To review and agree any major changes to the organisation
- To regularly assess the environment and develop the organisation’s business strategy
- To agree the annual organisational plan, implementing the business strategy.
- To monitor and assess the organisation’s results in relation to the agreed strategy, budget and plan
- To agree alternative action to remedy shortfalls in performance.
- To monitor a robust overview of the principle risks facing the charity
- To exercise scrutiny over the charity’s risk management systems
- Use funds wisely, and only to further the purposes and interests of the charity
- Exercise reasonable care and skills as Trustees, using personal knowledge and experience to ensure that CCT is run effectively and efficiently