We are looking for skillful and passionate new voices to take up a role on our Board. Could it be you?
We are looking for a Trustees who are passionate about our work, and who can bring new perspectives and diverse lived experience to our team, to help us to lead change across our industry.
A key role in PiPA’s effective governance. Trustees are the final decision-makers of our charity, and have final responsibility for its success or failure. The Board’s main job is to set direction and have oversight of what’s going on, offering our Co-CEOs strategy, scrutiny, and support. Trustees are unpaid volunteers, although we do reimburse reasonable expenses.
Charity governance is a balanced relationship between the employed staff (in our case, our Co-CEOs) and the volunteers on our Board of Trustees. This team is responsible for directing the affairs of a charity, ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the intended charitable benefits.
Trustees are required to:
- Ensure that PiPA complies with its governing document, charity law, company law, and any other relevant legislation
- Ensure that PiPA pursues its stated objects, and that it uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects
- Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity, including maintaining proper financial control and stability
- Appoint the Chief Executives and monitor their performance
- Contribute actively to the Board’s role in giving firm strategic direction to the charity, setting overall vision, mission and values, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance.
- Maintain and ensure effective Board performance
- Safeguard PiPA’s good name and values
- Protect, manage, and adequately insure PiPA’s property and funds
- Approve and monitor the implementation of internal policies (which include Health & Safety, Equality & Diversity, and Grievance & Disciplinary procedures) and ensure that risk assessments for all aspects of the business are undertaken/updated effectively
As well as these formal responsibilities, you’ll be actively involved in charting PiPA’s future direction, using your specific skills, knowledge, or experience to help the Co-CEOs reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising Board papers or documents prepared by advisers; leading or taking part in discussions; focusing on key issues; and providing advice or guidance on new initiatives where you have particular expertise or knowledge.
The Commitment We Are Looking For
In terms of time commitment, Board Meetings are quarterly and last three hours, with an annual Board Away Day. The time commitment for a Trustee is approximately 1 day per calendar month although this may not be evenly spread across the year.
Over the past few years, like many organisations, our Board meetings have been remote but we are gradually returning to in-person Board meetings. In person meetings have in the past mostly been held in London, and also in Bristol and Sheffield. Future locations will be agreed by the Trustees, to reflect where people are based and taking into consideration the time costs of travelling to in-person meetings.
There is also the opportunity to be involved in other sub-groups of the Board. At the moment, we have committees responsible for governance; equality, diversity, inclusion and belonging; HR; and remuneration, which meet as required or, in the case of remuneration committee, annually. In particular we are currently looking for a new Chair for the HR Committee. We anticipate that almost all of these activities will continue to be carried out online and via email.
Trustee roles are unpaid, but any expenses you incur as a result of your participation on our Board will be reimbursed to you, as long as we have agreed them with you in advance.
Trustees serve a three year term of office, and may be re-appointed to serve no more than two further terms, giving a maximum time on the PiPA board of nine years.
For full details of the role please click to view the TRUSTEE APPLICATION PACK
How To Find Out More
Look at our website pipacampaign.org where you’ll find a wide range of information about PiPA, details of our extensive projects, and recent news stories. For a Trustee's perspective, watch this video of board member Indy Vidyalankara explaining why she joined the PiPA board and what’s involved.
We’re also happy to arrange an informal chat with PiPA's Executive Director, Cassie Raine or potentially an existing Trustee, so please drop our Operations Manager, Ali, an email at email@example.com and we’ll arrange a convenient time.
If you have not been a Trustee before, and would like to know more about what’s involved before applying, there is a wealth of information at gettingonboard.org.
How To Apply
Our Job pack is available at the bottom of this page including accessible versions.
To apply, there are 3 simple steps:
Please note: once you have finished your application you have 24 hours within which you can edit it or upload additional documents. If you need to change or add anything after 24 hours, please don’t worry, we can do that from our end. Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you.
2. Upload a Supporting Statement
In your Supporting Statement, please tell us:
- Why you’re interested in joining our Board
- How your experience (professional, personal or both) will help us achieve our plans for the future (please refer particularly to 'Our plans for the future' section in the job pack below)
- Two things you would like to learn from being a Trustee
Supporting statements can be submitted in the following formats:
- Written – should be no more than 2 pages
- Video – no longer than 5 minutes, unless longer is needed to meet your access needs. We welcome application videos in BSL
- Audio – no longer than 5 minutes, unless longer is needed to meet your access needs
If you cannot upload your audio or video statement you can email a copy or a link to where the file can be found online to email@example.com
3. Complete the equal opportunities monitoring form via this link: PiPA Monitoring Form
If you require the Application & Monitoring form in an alternative format, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, Ali, our Operations Manager, can arrange a phone or video call to take down your answers.
All monitoring form discussions will be kept strictly confidential, and the contents do not form part of the recruitment process.
View the full TRUSTEE APPLICATION PACK
The closing date for applications is Monday 11th March 2024, 11:00
If you are shortlisted, interviews will take place by Zoom during the week commencing 18th March 2024.
If you require access support in order to apply, please email: email@example.com.
Additionally, if you feel it would be useful for us to look at an access statement you have already created, please feel free to attach that with your Supporting Statement.
We’ll contact everyone who expresses an interest to let them know the outcome of their application and, if requested, to offer feedback.
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