Introduction 

Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the Community Foundation for Lancashire and Merseyside Board of Directors. 

As a Trustee/Director, you will play an integral role in leading the Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside, making a positive difference to the lives of thousands of vulnerable people throughout Lancashire and Merseyside. 

The Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside is an independent charity, which promotes local giving to address local disadvantage. We help individuals, families, companies, charitable trusts and public sectors bodies to connect, support and invest in communities across Lancashire and Merseyside through strategic grant making. 

The organisation started in 1999 in Merseyside and 2007 in Lancashire as two separate entities, sharing one back office, before merging in 2014. Since 1999, we have distributed in excess of £50 million to charities and community groups across Lancashire and Merseyside. 

We are a member of UK Community Foundations, a network of 46 community foundations in the UK. 

Brief 

At the Trustee Away Day on 29th April 2019, Trustees assessed the board against the Charity Commission Governance Codes 7 Principles. When discussing Principle 6, Diversity, the Trustees agreed that there is a lack of diversity on the Board and when recruiting Board members in the future, diversity should play a key role in the decision-making process. 

Merseyside and Lancashire’s BAME populations are approximately 7% and 10% respectively. In certain areas of Lancashire, the proportion of the population who are BAME is much higher, for instance in Blackburn with Darwen, 31% of the population is BAME and 20% of Preston and Pendle population are of the BAME community. Asian/Asian British is the largest minority ethnic group in Lancashire. 

To begin rectifying the lack of diversity on the Board, CFLM will seek to recruit an individual in Lancashire from south Asian heritage, with the necessary skills and experience in the voluntary and social sector. 

Community Leadership & Social Sector/Policy – Job Description & Personal Specification 

Role Purpose 

Provide leadership and strategic direction to CFLM in the development of community support and social policy in Lancashire & Merseyside. 

Current Trustee Structure 

Reports to: CFLM Chair of the Board 

Network / Links: 

Essential: 

  • Voluntary, social and public sector in Lancashire (and Merseyside) 
  • Lancashire (and Merseyside) BAMER communities 

Desirable 

  • Business community in Lancashire and Merseyside 

Principle duties of the role 

  • Ensuring that the organisation pursues its stated objects (purposes), as defined in its governing document, by developing, agreeing and delivering a long-term strategy 
  • Ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations 
  • Ensuring that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects 
  • Ensuring that the organisation defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets 
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of the CFLM 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 CFLM and ensuring the appropriate investment of the charity’s funds 
  • To act reasonably, transparently and prudently in all matters 
  • To provide support to the CFLM Board and staff members as required 
  • To undertake appropriate / relevant training 
  • To offer advice and support to other Directors and Staff Team members 

The above list is not exhaustive. Trustees may be asked by the Board to perform additional duties reasonably commensurate with the role. 

Knowledge & Experience 

  • Experience in senior position in a charitable and voluntary sector organisation 
  • Knowledge of communities in Lancashire and social challenges within them (in particular BAMER) 
  • Knowledge of Lancashire’s public/social sector and policy 
  • Understanding of grant-making and community investments/monitoring, reporting and social impact reporting 

Candidate Requirements 

  • Proficient in spoken English 
  • Qualification relative to voluntary or social sector (desirable) 

Behavioural Skills / Competencies 

  • Embraces change and innovation and best practice 
  • Able to delegate 
  • Demonstrates honesty and integrity 
  • Shares ideas, knowledge and experience to benefit CFLM’s work 
  • Able to give and receive feedback 
  • Motivated to help others 

Technical Skills / Competencies 

  • Proven leader in their respective field. 
  • Strong networking skills 
  • Excellent communicator and critical thinker 
  • Able to constructively challenge and problem solve 

Job Location 

  • Will need to travel to CFLM offices as and when required 
  • Travel to and from quarterly board meetings (2 x Merseyside, 2 x Lancashire) 

Commitments 

  • Achieve at least 75% attendance at quarterly Board meetings 
  • Volunteer time on an adhoc basis to the CEO and team including involvement in sub- committees where appropriate 

To apply please send a letter of interest no longer than one page and a CV to [email protected]. The deadline for applications is 8th September 2020. 

Remote interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place in the three weeks following the closing date.