- What kinds of skills and experience do you need to have to be a Home-Start Bradford District Trustee or Advisor?
- What is a Trustee?
- What is an Advisor?
- What's in a name?
- What does a Board of Trustees do?
- What role does the Trustee Chair have?
- Can anyone be a Trustee?
- How big a commitment is it?
- What advice and support is available for new Trustees?
What kinds of skills and experience do you need to have to be a Home-Start Bradford District Trustee or Advisor?
Home-Start Bradford District needs Trustees and Advisors with a variety of skills and experience and from a wide range of backgrounds. No special qualifications are needed, but it is important to have good interpersonal skills, a practical approach to working with people, an understanding of the pressures facing parents and an interest in supporting your local community. You may bring a particular expertise to the Board, such as professional skills in finance, IT, business, personnel management, or marketing and PR, but equally as important are listening and communication skills, commitment and common sense.
Trustees serve on the governing body (Board) of a charity and are responsible for directing the management and administration of the charity. They have a wide range of duties and are responsible for making the charity effective, providing overall direction and maintaining sound management of funds. Being a Trustee can be hard work but it can also be rewarding, giving many opportunities for personal development and the chance to give something back to their community.
An Advisor may offer specific skills that can be useful to and support Home-Start Bradford Disrict in one or several areas of development. An Advisor does not sit on the Board of Trustees but may make a presentation to the Board of Trustees in certain circumstances. An Advisor has no voting rights on the Baord of Trustees, but can make a huge contribution to the stategic thinking of the Board and the development of Home-Start Bradford District.
The Trustee Board may also be called a Management Committee, a Board of Directors or Trustees, but they all have the same responsibility, whatever the title. All forms of governing documents require the Scheme to adhere to the Home-Start Standards and Methods of Practice in accordance with the Home-Start Agreement and Quality Standards.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the Scheme's vision, for leading the strategic direction, for compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, the performance and quality of the Scheme, for ensuring that ithe Scheme operates within the Home-Start Agreement and within the Scheme's own Memorandum and Articles of Association. The Board's job is to ensure that the resources in the charity are used effectively to further the objectives of Home-Start Bradfrod District and for the purpose for which they were given.
The Chair plays a key role in providing leadership for the Board in deciding strategy and setting policy. As well as planning and chairing Trustee meetings, the Chair will also manage the induction of new Trustees. He/she takes the lead on ensuring the support and supervision of staff is happening effectively and will often represent the charity at external events and meetings.
Most people over 18 can be Trustees. There are some exceptions: where a person has been convicted of an offence involving deception, an undischarged bankrupt or someone who has previously been removed as a Trustee.
Being a Trustee carries legal and financial responsibilities. It is an important role which will require time and commitment. Home-Start Bradford District Trustees spend an average of ten hours per month fulfilling their responsibilities.
Every new Trustee has an induction programme within the Scheme. They are also invited to a regional Home-Start Induction Day as well as to other national and regional training courses and events. A full range of support is available, including the Home-Start Intranet, regular legal updates and the support of Home-Start UK specialist teams.