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Trustee Kingsbury Charity

The Kingsbury Charity is looking for a new trustee to join them in their important work to provide relief for the poor and needy of Kingsbury.

  • Location: London
  • Closing date: Rolling applications

Who we are

The Kingsbury Charity was formed to provide relief for residents of the ancient parish of Kingsbury when in need.

The Charity originates from a bequest in 1719 of a Mr. Richard Bowater who lived in Chalkhill House which was just south of where the town hall stands. He left this bequest to the Parish of Kingsbury to assist the poor and needy with the necessities of life, and to supply apprentices with the tools of their trade. This Charity was later amalgamated with the Charity of Francis Perry Stubbs in 1882.

Kingsbury Charity’s purpose is to help the poor and needy of Kingsbury.  The charity does this mainly through its almshouses, as well as by making grants to other charities. The almshouses provide subsidised accommodation for elderly local people who are of limited means. The almshouses are not sheltered accommodation and there is no warden; residents must be able to live independently or with help from other agencies.

There are a total of 41 flats, mainly one bedroom but some are two, on two separate sites.

The charity is governed by a board of six trustees who are supported by an honorary treasurer, an honorary secretary and two caretakers.

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About the role

Our trustees play a vital role in making sure that the Kingsbury Charity achieves its core purpose. They oversee the overall management and administration of the charity. They also ensure that the Kingsbury Charity has a clear strategy and that our work and goals are in line with our vision.

Board members have a collective responsibility. This means that trustees always act as a group and not as individuals.

Duties include:

  • Support and provide advice on the Kingsbury Charity’s purpose, vision, goals and activities.
  • Approve operational strategies and policies and monitor and evaluate their implementation.
  • Oversee Kingsbury Charity’s financial plans and budgets and monitor and evaluate progress.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
  • Ensure that key risks are being identified, monitored and controlled effectively.
  • Review and approve Kingsbury Charity’s financial statements.
  • Provide support and challenge to Kingsbury Charity’s Chair of the Trustees in the exercise of their delegated authority and affairs.
  • Keep abreast of changes in Kingsbury Charity’s operating environment.
  • Contribute to regular reviews of Kingsbury Charity’s own governance. Attend Board meetings, adequately prepared to contribute to discussions.
  • Use independent judgment, acting legally and in good faith to promote and protect Kingsbury Charity’s interests, to the exclusion of their own personal and/or any third-party interests.
  • Contribute to the broader promotion of Kingsbury Charity’s objects, aims and reputation by applying your skills, expertise, knowledge and contacts.

There are 8-12 Board meetings annually – usually every 4-6 weeks. Currently, meetings are held in person at Bowater Close or remotely via Zoom.  Time and days are by agreement of the Board.

As a small charity, there will be times when the trustees will need to be actively involved beyond Board meetings. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, presenting externally, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise. There are also occasional ad hoc meetings, such as interviewing a potential resident or to attend discussions related to training or finance.

Trustees are appointed for a 5-year term of office, with renewal for further terms by agreement of the Board of Trustees.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a new trustee who is willing to bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the role, and who will broaden the diversity of thinking on our board.

In particular, we are looking for the following personal skills and qualities:

  • Willingness and ability to understand and accept your responsibilities and liabilities as a trustee and to act in the best interests of the organisation.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, exercise good, independent judgement and work effectively as a board member.
  • Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussion.
  • A strong personal commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Enthusiasm for our vision and mission.
  • Willingness to lead according to our values.
  • Commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

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For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners

Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

Dr Jenn Allen, Business Manager, Not for Profit, Peridot Partners

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Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities. We offer the following amenities:

  • Guide dogs are welcome.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

To arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners

    Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

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