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LEGAL TRUSTEE

Job Title: Part Time Legal Trustee (Voluntary) 

 

Department: Board of Trustees 

Reports to: Chair of the Board of Trustees 

 

Our Vision:

We are a national mental health charity with a vision that wishes to see a world where everyone, no matter who they are, can easily access the mental health support they need, with dignity. 

 

Imagine a brighter, more compassionate future where mental health isn't shrouded in stigma, but openly embraced with warmth and empathy. It’s all about bringing people together - individuals, communities, and institutions all working together to create a society where mental health is celebrated, a solution formed from diverse experiences and unwavering resilience. 

 

Together, we'll build a future where The 401 Foundation's vision beats at the very heart of our society, pulsing with empathy, resilience, and unity.

Purpose of the role:

A trustee's role in a charity is to be the 'guardians of purpose', making sure that all decisions put the needs of the beneficiaries first. They safeguard the charity's assets - both physical assets, including property, and intangible ones, such as its reputation.

The memorandum and articles of association of The 401 Foundation, dated 22 March 2017, specify the minimum number of trustees as being five with no maximum. 

The board of trustees has determined that one of its members should have a legal background to support some specific roles and responsibilities, as set out below, and to ensure a varied range of skills and experience across the team. 

Key responsibilities:

 

  • Ensuring the charity is carrying out its purpose for the public benefit.

  • Undertaking a lead role for the Board of Trustees on all matters associated with the legal aspects of the organisation.

  • Using expert knowledge to help inform the organisation's strategic plans.

  • Working with Senior Management and other trustees to foster a better understanding within the Board of the legal aspects of the organisation.

  • Acting as a critical voice to the organisation's executive team when obtaining and acting on legal advice.

  • Acting in the best interests of the charity and ensuring it is accountable and compliant.

  • Hold the CEO accountable for outcomes and decisions whilst maintaining support.

  • Define the boundaries of management authority.

  • Act in the best interests of the charity and ensure it is accountable and compliant.

 

In partnership with the chief executive, chair and other trustees:

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation and best practice.

  • Support the organisation to assess areas of legal risk.

  • Work with the organisation and its staff to develop a business strategy.

  • Review and provide guidance on contracts and service agreements.

  • Review and set organisational policies in relevant areas.

  • Support projects and other tasks within the board.

  • Positively promote and support the charity at all times.

 

Personal specification:

  • A commitment to the charity's aims and objectives.

  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trustees.

  • An ability to think strategically.

  • Good independent judgement. 

 

Experience, Skills and Abilities:

 

Essential 

 

  • Legal experience in the charity sector with relevant qualification.

  • Skills and ability to ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.

  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

  • IT and social media skills.

  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of the Foundation.

  • Honesty.

  • Commitment to the organisation.

  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the role of Trustee.

  • Willingness to speak their mind.

 

Preferable 

  • Strategic vision.

  • Previous Board experience, particularly in the charitable or voluntary sector.

 

At the 401 Foundation, we are looking for the right people with the necessary skills, experience and knowledge to help us build a world where everyone feels included, valued, and confident. We want the 401 Foundation to reflect the diversity of the communities and organisations we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone, regardless of; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. Diversity is something we celebrate. We want you to feel welcomed and included, and able to thrive in your role.

Time Commitment:

We have 4 quarterly board meetings a year lasting between 2-3 hours each and trustees are expected to attend each one. In the main, these will be online with the expectation that one per year will take place in a central location to all trustees. 

 

There may also be some smaller sub-group meetings dependent upon projects being undertaken within the board and the time and frequency will depend upon the project in hand. Meetings are generally kept to an evening. 

 

Some time is also required for preparing for meetings, following up on tasks and other ad-hoc communications. The trustees are also invited to attend special events with beneficiaries and staff. 

 

How to apply: 

 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss / apply for the role, please contact our Chairperson, Shaun Tymon via email at shaun@the401foundation.co.uk.

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