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Trustees with Finance, Legal and HR experience

This is an exciting time to join the YWCA Ireland and we're particularly looking for new Board members with finance, legal and HR experience who can contribute to driving our mission forward. 

YWCA Ireland (Young Women’s Christian Association of Ireland) is a registered charity that seeks to empower women in their leadership, Christian faith and human rights. Established in 1875, YWCA Ireland is one of the oldest membership based women’ association’s on the island of Ireland. 

YWCA Ireland’s vision is inspired by our Christian faith and as part of a worldwide movement leading change, we seek to empower women in Ireland to be engaged, connected and transformed and to lead and affect change through Christ.

When becoming a member of YWCA Ireland Board you become the Director of a registered charity that aims to empower women in their leadership, Christian faith and human rights. Together with your colleagues on the Board you will be responsible for ensuring the affairs of the charity are conducted legally and properly. Support and guidance will be given to help you learn and exercise your role. As well as taking an active interest in the life of YWCA Ireland there are also opportunities to serve and influence the YWCA Movement at a regional, national and international level.

Tasks and Responsibilities

With the assistance of the Senior Management Team and appropriate professional advisors;

  • To ensure that the Association complies with regulatory and statutory requirements.
  • To ensure that the properties, assets and funds of YWCA Ireland are properly managed and protected. Board members should understand that they are collectively responsible for the financial management of YWCA Ireland.
  • Ensure YWCA Ireland pursues its charitable objects as defined in the governing document.


  • To ensure that the Christian ethos of the Movement is evident in the life and work of YWCA Ireland.
  • Act fairly and in accordance with good employment and equal opportunities principles in making decisions affecting the appointment, recruitment, professional development, appraisal, remuneration and discipline of the General Secretary
  • The Board has a responsibility to develop and ensure the maintenance of a properly constituted, balanced and competent Board, including providing clear procedures for selection, election, training, retirement and, if necessary, removal of trustees.

Strategic Direction

  • Formulate and review regularly, with Senior Management, YWCA Ireland’s vision, values and strategy, as well as policies for their fulfilment.
  • To work with the Senior Management Team in developing and agreeing a strategic plan.
  • To monitor progress through the Board of Trustees’ Committees, and monitor annual plans, both against an agreed reporting structure.

Time Commitments

  • Board members are expected to attend all Board meetings, prepare and contribute appropriately and effectively.


  • There will be opportunities to participate in periodic training and to stay abreast of good practice.
  • To attend new member induction.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will be passionate about YWCA Ireland’s vision, mission and values and be committed to our Christian aims and purposes.  They will be able to dedicate the necessary time to this essential, voluntary role in our organisation and have experience in financial management as well as legal and HR.

Trustees with Finance, Legal and HR experience

Published on 02.06.2021

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