CLOSING DATE: Ongoing LOCATION: Emmaus Hertfordshire TYPE: Trustee

Emmaus Hertfordshire is a homeless charity providing up to 40 formerly homeless people with a safe home environment and the opportunity to work.  We have five stores located across Hertfordshire, filled with quality secondhand furniture, electrical items, clothes and books.  We collect donated items which are recycled, restored and resold.  The proceeds from our stores funds what we do and helps the companions move on from homelessness.  We provide skilled work and training and a stable home environment, thereby giving the companions a chance to regain their self-esteem.

The purpose of our Board of Trustees is to provide sound governance to our organisation. This includes agreeing strategic direction, approving and reviewing policies and procedures, appointing executive staff and ensuring compliance with the objectives, purposes and values of the organisation, and with its governing document.

Trustee Role Description –

A trustee has three main responsibilities:

  1. Fiduciary responsibility; holding the organisation in trust and ensuring public confidence;
  2. To determine the overall direction of the organisation; and
  3. To provide leadership.

Companion Welfare and Development Trustee Role Description

  • to advise on and promote initiatives that optimise the organisation’s ability to meet the social, physical and emotional needs of companions, within Emmaus’s core values of empowerment and fostering independence;
  • to advise and support on complex risk assessment or risk management issues related to companion referrals and welfare, that may arise from time to time;
  • to advise on and promote partnerships that enable Emmaus Hertfordshire to strengthen its core offer to companions and support the longer-term resilience of the organisation;
  • to promote the use of evidence-based tools for measuring and supporting change when working with people – as a means both of supporting companions’ development and evaluating the work of the organisation to inform wider partnerships; and
  • to support the Board of Trustees in its oversight of all aspects of the community’s safeguarding and protection from abuse policy.

In more detail, the more general duties of a trustee are:

  • to ensure that the charity complies with its governing document, charity law, company law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations;
  • to ensure that the charity pursues its charitable objects as defined in its governing document;
  • to ensure that the charity applies its resources exclusively in furtherance of its objects, ie 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;
  • to contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role of giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets;
  • to safeguard the good name and values of the charity;
  • to ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity;
  • to ensure the financial stability of the charity;
  • to protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds;
  • to appoint and support the CEO and monitor his or her performance;
  • sitting on appraisal, recruitment and disciplinary panels as required
  • in addition to the above statutory duties of all trustees, each trustee should use any specific knowledge or experience he or she may have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This will involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, and providing advice and guidance requested by the board on new initiatives or other issues relevant to the area of the charity’s work in which the trustee has special expertise;
  • Sitting on one of our committees, or leading on specific project work; and
  • Ability to volunteer in the community/social enterprise several times each year.

For more information or to apply please email John Chesters, CEO of Emmaus Hertfordshire, on [email protected]