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19 Jun 2024

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Trustee – Role Description



Our trustees play a vital role in making sure that Yes to Life achieves its core purpose. They oversee the overall management and administration of the charity. They also ensure that Yes to Life has a clear strategy and that our work and goals are in line with our vision. Just as importantly, they support and challenge the executive team to enable Yes to Life to grow and thrive, and through this, achieve our mission.

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


 Support and provide advice on Yes to Life’s purpose, vision, goals and activities.

  • Approve operational strategies and policies and monitor and evaluate their implementation.
  • Oversee Yes to Life’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 Yes to Life’s financial statements.
  • Provide support and challenge to Yes to Life’s CEO in the exercise of their delegated authority and affairs.
  • Keep abreast of changes in Yes to Life’s operating environment.
  • Contribute to regular reviews of Yes to Life’s governance. Attend Board meetings, adequately prepared to contribute to discussions.
  • Use independent judgment, acting legally and in good faith to promote and protect Yes to Life’s interests, to the exclusion of their own personal and/or any third-party interests.
  • Contribute to the broader promotion of Yes to Life’s objectives, aims and reputation by applying your skills, expertise, knowledge and contacts.

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.

What we are looking for

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

You do not need previous governance experience – we will provide a full induction and training.

Personal skills and qualities

  • Willingness and ability to understand and accept their responsibilities and liabilities as trustees 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.

Terms of appointment

Terms of office

  • This is a voluntary position, but reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

Time commitment

  • Trustees attend four Board meetings annually, with papers sent out ahead of the meetings. There will be occasions when Trustees are required to attend other planned meetings i.e. strategy planning meetings, committee meetings and events. Dates for such meetings will be circulated in good time.

To be considered for the role

To be considered for the role, please send your CV and a supporting statement outlining your suitability for the role to (CEO).

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Yes to Life is committed to processing your data securely, lawfully and transparently. We will process the data on your CV and supporting statement for the purpose of application processing only, and, in line with data protection principles, we only keep your data for as long as we need it and this will depend on whether or not you are successful in your application. For further information on how we will use your data please visit our privacy policy page on our website Disclaimer & Privacy Policy – Yes to Life