Hours: Five board meetings per year, plus attendance at one of the board's sub-committees, which meet five times per year. Agreement to correspond with the Chair and CEO via e-mail and/or telephone as and when is reasonable.
Location: Dementia Care, The Bradbury Centre, Brunswick Village, NE13 7DS or other premises the Charity deems suitable.
Dementia Care was set up as a registered charity in 1993 to provide services for people with dementia and their Carers. We provide specialist care, support and advice to people with dementia and other neurological disorders, such as acquired brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. We also support a small number of people with functional mental health disorders and learning disabilities where our skills meet individual's specialist requirements.
We offer 24-hour care in people's homes, respite care, dementia designed specialist day services at our centres in Newcastle upon Tyne and Hexham and our unique independent supported living housing. We also help Carers and family members by sharing our knowledge through offering training and advice on practical care support and when needed, specialised respite care.
1. Who are the charity's trustees
The Charities Act 1993 defines charity trustees as those responsible under the Charity's governing document for controlling the administration and management of the Charity. This is the case regardless of the terminology used to describe the role. For Dementia Care the Charity trustees are the board of directors known as the trustee board. The trustee board comprises:
- The chair.
- Up to 14 elected trustees. The trustee board appoints a vice chair from among the trustees.
2. The role of the board of trustees
At its simplest, the role of the trustee board is to receive assets from donors, safeguard them and apply them to the charitable purposes of Dementia Care. The trustee board must always act in the best interests of Dementia Care, exercising the same standard of duty of care that a prudent person would apply if looking after the affairs of someone for whom they have responsibility. The trustee board must act as a group and not as individuals.
The role of the trustee board is to:
• Actively govern the organisation, directing and controlling the organisation through collective decision making, always acting in the best interests of the charity
• Set the strategic direction of the charity and protect its assets both tangible (money property etc) and intangible (reputation and name)
• Support and challenge (where appropriate) the management team in its day to day running of the charity.
3. Duties of a Trustee Board Member
The duties of a trustee board member are to:
• Abide by the Trustees covenant
• Ensure that Dementia Care complies with its governing document (its Articles of Association), Charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
• Safeguard assets - acting as custodian of the assets, tangible (money, property etc.) and intangible (organisation's reputation and name), ensuring that assets are used appropriately and constitutionally. Also, ensuring that there are sufficient assets for the organisations survival.
• Contribute actively to the board of trustees by giving firm strategic direction to Dementia Care, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets
• To represent Dementia Care externally to other groups and organisations.
4. Minimum Time Commitment
Trustees are expected to attend an induction session at Dementia Care prior to their first board meeting.
Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings. Board meetings are held five times a year during normal office hours. One meeting each year is allotted to strategic planning and is in the form of an "away day". The final Board Meeting of the year is also the AGM.
Trustees are expected to be part of one of the sub-committees which meet 5 times per year.
• Papers are distributed one week in advance of meetings.
• Trustees can claim out of pocket expenses incurred in travelling to meetings
5. Trustee Specification
Each trustee must have:
• A commitment to the mission of Dementia Care.
• A willingness to meet the minimum time requirement.
• Strategic vision.
• Good, independent judgement.
• An ability to think creatively.
• A willingness to speak their mind.
• An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
• An ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of Dementia Care.
• Experience of the Third sector, committee and collaborative work.
The board of trustees collectively needs skills and experience in the following areas:
• Financial management, income generation and enterprise.
• Public policy and public affairs.
• National and local voluntary sector.
• National and local government and statutory bodies.
• Trading subsidiaries and social enterprise.
• Human resource management.
• Volunteering management and brokerage.
• Collaborative partnerships.
• Social investment and impact.
6. Person Specification
We are currently specifically looking for a Trustee who has a financial background and is willing to Chair the Finance & Audit Sub Committee. The trustee must possess skills and experience in the following areas:
• The person should be a qualified accountant or have experience and qualifications at this level.
• Needs to have experience of the practicalities of financial management; including company accounts.
• An experienced manager who is comfortable with chairing meetings and managing conflict from time to time.
• Previous experience in management of risk, including use of corporate risk registers.
• Hands on experience and understanding of business planning and strategy.