Trustee / Lay Trustee / Legal, Accounting and Finance experience

  • Job Reference: AWDO-T12400
  • Date Posted: 10 July 2024
  • Recruiter: AWD online
  • Location: Coventry, West Midlands
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Consulting & Corporate Strategy
  • Job Type: Voluntary
  • Work Hours: Part Time
  • Contact: CV Response Team

Job Description

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Lay Trustee with legal experience in the Higher Education or Charity sector and/or experience of accounting and financial governance, who has good, independent, objective judgement and the ability to think creatively is required to join a board of Trustees.


SALARY: This is a voluntary appointment

LOCATION: Coventry, West Midlands

JOB TYPE: Part-Time, Voluntary – 5 Board Meetings per year, a mixture of day and evening meetings

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT: 3 years initially with potential for a further term of 3 years dependent on attendance and performance



We have a fantastic new opportunity for a Lay Trustee with legal experience in the Higher Education or Charity sector and experience of accounting and financial governance, who has good, independent, objective judgement and the ability to think creatively.

The Lay Trustee will help broaden the organisation’s diversity and add to the skills and perspectives of an already committed and engaged Board.

The organisation is particularly interested in hearing from candidates who offer depth of insight, experience, or influence within one of more of the following areas:

  • Legal experience in the HE or Charity sector, bringing deep understanding of how to enable and influence the best outcomes for students, whilst balancing the framework of Charity Law
  • Accounting and financial governance, to maximise funding and diversify income, in order to deliver the best student experience to the diverse communities

This is a values-based organisation, and the Lay Trustee will be a critical part of an organisation that is student-centred and forward-thinking.



The duties of the Lay Trustee will include:

  • Working collectively and with the Chief Executive and other senior staff to ensure that the organisation has a clear vision that recognises its values and meets the needs of its members
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of the organisation against targets and to ensure that it is focussed on achieving its vision
  • Ensure the organisation complies with all legal and regulatory requirements, including its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Agree any delegated authority and ensure such delegated authority is clearly expressed
  • Safeguard the assets of the organisation, taking due care over their security and proper usage, ensuring that they are used exclusively in the pursuit of the agreed objectives
  • Ensure that the governance of the organisation is of the highest standard and that it follows guidance from any relevant bodies
  • Recommend the auditors and name the bankers of the organisation
  • Annually approve and amend the finance regulations, annual budgets and strategic plans
  • Appoint and appraise the Chief Executive and to appoint the Board of Directors of any direct subsidiary companies
  • Contribute actively to the Board of Trustees, using any specific skills, knowledge or experience to help reach sound decisions involving scrutinising board papers, focusing on key issues, providing guidance
  • Take or seek opportunities to enhance your effectiveness as a Trustee through participation in training and development programmes and by increasing own knowledge of the organisation



  • A champion of Inclusion and Belonging with the ability to demonstrate the commitment in all contributions and work
  • Commitment to the organisation and its core values – Democratic, Independent, Ethical Fun, Informative, Enriching and Accessible
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort, Board meetings 5, a mixture of day and evening meetings 
  • Strategic vision and the ability to develop strategic thinking in others
  • Good, independent, objective judgement
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Ability to exercise leadership when required to do so
  • Enthusiastic commitment to voluntary and community contribution


Lay Trustees

In addition to the above, external trustees require the following skills, knowledge and experience in one or more of the following key areas:

  • Finance/ Audit - accountancy professionals, from a practice or commercial background, with strong business skills
  • Commercial/business – professionals with a breadth of experience who can advise and guide on the business of running a £5m-turnover operation.  Particular experience of charity trading would be extremely helpful
  • Fundraising/ Funding – professionals with an in-depth knowledge and experience of high-level fundraising and/ or making applications to trusts and grant making bodies
  • Legal/ Charity Law – legal professionals with expertise in charity and / or company law
  • Human Resources – HR professionals with experience in the third, charity or public sector
  • Marketing or communications professionals - particularly with membership or charity communications background
  • An awareness of networks and areas of work that influence and inform the activities of the organisation
  • Commitment to the development of young adults
  • Appreciation of the Students’ Union movement and or Higher Education core aims and values



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