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Governance Trustee

The Organisation:

VSO Ireland is a proud Irish charity working creating lasting change through volunteering for development. Driving volunteer impact to deliver improved health, education and livelihoods in local communities and across countries in Africa and Asia. We specifically work with some of the poorest and most marginalised communities mobilising groups to give them more voice and to hold duty bearers to account.

The work of VSO Ireland enables people and communities to play a more active role in their own development. We value inclusion, empowerment, ownership and active participation to deliver long-term change.

VSO Ireland forms part of the international VSO community. For over 60 years, VSO has worked in over 90 countries and with over 80,000 local, national and international volunteers to support over 50 million people. During 2021/22 we reached over 8 million people.

General Trustee duties of a Charity Trustee:

  • Comply with the charity’s governing document
  • Ensuring charity is complying with its charitable purpose for the public benefit
  • Acting in the best interest of the charity
  • Act with reasonable care and skill
  • Manage the assets of the charity

The Role with VSO Ireland:

VSO Ireland are seeking a trustee with a Governance background. If you have experience in this area and want to play a role in helping us, we’re keen to hear from you.

General Responsibilities of the Trustee will include the following:

  • Ensure VSO Ireland complies with the Charities Governance Code and relevant legislation and regulations
  • Managing competing priorities and making well thought out decisions at Board level
  • Assisting the organisation in the continued development of best practice governance and active risk management
  • Providing general expertise and advice on corporate governance
  • Oversight of the public fundraising work carried out by VSO Ireland
  • Policy formation and implementation as required

Desirable skills:

  • Legal and/or Governance background
  • Knowledge of the Charities Regulator Governance Code
  • Ability to contribute to informed debate
  • Appreciation and understanding of group governance structures and the role of a subsidiary
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills
  • Commitment to highest levels of corporate governance
  • A deep appreciation and knowledge of the Not-For-Profit sector

Board Meetings:

There will be up to three board meetings a year and meetings are held online. Typically, meetings last up to two hours.

Governance Trustee

Published on 17.06.2022

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