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Sew Positive

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Sew Positive is a unique UK charity helping people mend, repair, upcycle and repurpose clothes to calm the mind, improve mental health and well-being, and help our planet. We build communities of ...

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Could you be a Trustee for Sew Positive?

Could you be a Trustee for Sew Positive?

Organisation role · 8–12 hrs/month
Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
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Summary

We're looking to recruit four new Trustees, including a Chair and a Treasurer.

Detailed description

Over the past two years, the charity has gone from strength to strength and we are now looking to expand our Board of Trustees to help shape the future. It’s an exciting time to join the Board as we work to build on our programmes for individuals, our community and businesses.


We are fully committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality and diversity in the work we undertake and in the provision of all our services. We welcome applications from a wide range of individuals; passion for the organisation and our work is key, along with an understanding of and a commitment to the legal function of the trustee role. Experience of the charitable sector is desirable but not essential.


The Board and its Trustees

The Board of Trustees must always act in the best interests of Sew Positive, exercising the same duty of care that a prudent person of business would in looking after the affairs of someone for whom they had responsibility. The Board also makes sure the charity complies with its memorandum and articles of association, and all laws and regulations to which it is subject.

The Board of Trustees is jointly and severally responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Sew Positive, its financial health, probity and effectiveness of its activities, developing its aims, objectives and goals and compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements.


Sew Positive is currently a small charity, therefore all trustee roles require a blend of strategic thinking and hands-on involvement in order to shape the future direction of the charity. Each trustee appointment is for a term of three years.


Summary of Trustee responsibilities

  • Ensuring that the organisation pursues its purpose, as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy
  • Ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing document (ie its trust deed, constitution or memorandum and articles of association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensuring that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objectives (ie the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objectives, however worthwhile or charitable those activities are) for the benefit of the public
  • Ensuring that the organisation defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of the organisation
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Ensuring the financial stability of the organisation
  • Protecting and managing the property of the charity and ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds
  • Following proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the chief executive.


In addition to the above statutory 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 advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.


Person specification 

  • A commitment to the organisation 
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort 
  • Strategic vision 
  • Good, independent judgement 
  • An ability to think creatively 
  • A willingness to speak their mind 
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship 
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team 
  • A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. 


All trustees must be able to commit to four Board meetings and 1 strategic planning day per year in Cambridge. The role generally also requires an average of one day per month for trustee responsibilities. 

All trustee roles are voluntary but reasonable expenses, such as travel costs, will be reimbursed.


Chair

The role of the Chair is an essential one in ensuring good corporate governance. We are looking for someone with experience of chairing meetings and involvement with charities would be useful; you might currently be a charity Trustee or a board director and would like to step up to a Chair role. You must act independently and be free of conflicts of interest.


The role of the Chair

The Chair is essential to the smooth running and effectiveness of a board of trustees. The Chair’s primary role is to ensure that the board is effective in setting and implementing the charity’s direction and strategy. Therefore, the Chair is responsible for leading the board, overseeing the charity’s business, and setting high governance standards. The role requires excellent leadership and communication skills. It is also helpful to choose someone who will effectively review the involvement and coordination of trustees.


The Chair makes sure that meetings are well ordered and helps facilitate good decision making. In addition to the duties described above, the Chair is also responsible for regularly reviewing the board’s composition, which is highly important for the effective running of the charity.


Summary of Chair responsibilities

  • Leadership to the board
  • Ensuring that the board sets the aims, strategy and policies of the charity
  • Providing information to the board to enable it to be effective
  • Conducting board meetings
  • Involving and facilitating all trustees in board meetings
  • Giving focus to the board on critical tasks
  • Supporting, challenging and holding the chief executive to account.


In addition, the Chair will

  • Set the board agenda, ensuring that trustees receive accurate, timely and precise information to enable them to take accurate and authoritative decisions
  • Ensure that sufficient time is allowed for complex or contentious issues and encourage active engagement by all trustees
  • Evaluate the performance of each trustee annually and ensure that the board’s performance as a whole is also evaluated annually
  • Ensure that the views of shareholders are communicated to the board as a whole
  • Be available to the chief executive to advise on matters relating to strategy and operations
  • Act as an ambassador for Sew Positive
  • Play a leading role in building external relationships with key stakeholders
  • In conjunction with the chief executive, represent the charity to all its audiences.


As well as the time commitments for all trustees, the Chair role will require an additional 0.5 - 1 day per month to work with the Chief Executive. 


Treasurer

The Treasurer will oversee the financial and assurance matters of the charity in line with good practice and in accordance with the governing document and legal requirements. The Treasurer will report to the Board of Trustees at regular intervals about the financial health of the organisation to enable the Board to better make strategic decisions. The Treasurer will ensure that effective financial and other risk measures, controls and procedures are put in place, and are appropriate for the charity.


Summary of responsibilities

  • Oversee the presentation of budgets, internal management accounts and annual financial statements to the Board of Trustees
  • Lead the Board’s duty to ensure that proper accounting records are kept, financial resources are properly controlled, invested and economically spent, in line with good governance, legal and regulatory requirements
  • Monitor and advise on the financial viability of the charity
  • Oversee financial controls and adherence to systems, regularly liaising with the Chair and Chief Executive to ensure that policies are observed and operational risk is minimised
  • Act as the Trustee lead on the appointment of and liaison with professional advisors, to include, but not limited to, external accountants
  • Act as a counter-signatory on large payments
  • Liaise with the Chief Executive to keep an overview of the organisation's affairs and to provide support as appropriate including business development
  • Liaise with the Chief Executive to develop the financial understanding of the Board of Trustees.


Trustee with lived experience

Sew Positive is committed to the co-production of its activities with participants and staff. As part of this effort we are seeking someone with lived experience, or who is a participant of our services. As a Trustee you will play a pivotal role in shaping our Charity’s strategies and policies, ensuring they remain focused on empowering individuals to rebuild lives and achieve their ambitions.


Summary of responsibilities

  • Work closely with fellow trustees, staff, participants and volunteers within a supportive and collaborative environment where your voice will be heard
  • Use your lived experience to provide insights, inform decision making and drive positive change
  • Carry out monitoring visits to each project and area of support, including contact with both client and staff members
  • Occasional administrative activities, such as contributing to draft policy papers or information packs and other literature; the appointment of senior workers; helping with appeals and fundraising
  • Demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders
  • Challenge Board thinking when appropriate. Above all we are looking for someone who really wants to make a difference to our services 
  • Read papers in advance of meetings, and plan to speak about them at the meeting
  • Follow through Board decisions which are within your sphere of influence
  • Inspire others and demonstrate how personal experience can be a catalyst for meaningful change.


Please note that the Chair, Treasurer and Lived Experience roles also have the general responsibilities of a Trustee.



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About Sew Positive

Sew Positive is a unique UK charity helping people mend, repair, upcycle and repurpose clothes to calm the mind, improve mental health and well-being, and help our planet. We build communities of like-minded people who face social exclusion. Our activities contribute towards a more sustainable and climate-positive approach to textile waste.