Main Duties & Responsibilities of Board Member (Trustees)
The primary responsibility of trustees is to provide the organisation with strategic leadership and maintain a governance perspective to ensure it is well managed and administered, and resources are used appropriately.
The statutory duties of a trustee:
· To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
· To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
· To ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the organisation must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are
· To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
· To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
· To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds
· To participate in the appointment of the General Manager.
· To ensure the Board operates effectively and:
-Contributes to the evolution of the organisation’s strategic direction and goals and the monitoring of any strategic plans.
- Evaluates the organisation’s performance on a regular basis and holds the General Manager accountable for outcomes
- Ensures the financial stability of the organisation and understands and acts upon financial and other monitoring information presented to it, questioning such information when appropriate
- Defines the boundaries of management authority
- Delegates the implementation of its decisions to the General Manager and team, supporting them as required to carry out their work
- Ensures the performance and development of the General Manager is reviewed annually
- Reviews its performance annually and that all Trustees actively participate in this evaluation
- The Board’s agreed position is represented when speaking publicly on behalf of the organisation
· Acting in the best interests of the organisation at all time
· Respect the confidential nature of all information relating to the business of the charity in accordance with information governance and data protection policies.
· Working together and not pursuing personal or sectional interests at the expense of organisation interests
· To offer advice and support to the General Manager in relation to Business Development and Fundraising in the further development of the organisation’s profile
· To support the General Manager in the development of innovative and developmental concepts to grow the business and make a bigger impact across the country in the areas of Organic Growing and Sustainable Living
· To assist the General Manager in networking within the sector
In addition to the above statutory and specific duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions.
This may involve:
• Scrutinising board papers
• Leading discussions
• Focusing on key issues
• Providing guidance on new initiatives
The board meets at least 6 times per year in Rossinver, Co. Leitrim. All Trustees are required to attend at least 75% of board meetings annually.
This post is un-remunerated however essential travel and subsistence expenses are payable on completion of the organisation’s expenses form.