Trustees (volunteer)

Join us for an exciting opportunity to make a difference.

Role Description for Trustees  

Join us for an exciting volunteer opportunity to make a difference. 
Shine is the only charity that works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to support, empower, inform and enable people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus to help them lead fulfilled and happy lives.   
Our vision is for ‘a society that meets the needs, values the contribution and celebrates the lives of people living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus’.    
As a volunteer Trustee, you will represent the interest of our members on Shine’s national Board of Trustees, whilst also ensuring that the collective responsibility for the charity’s governance is maintained.  
To ensure that the charity complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations. 
To ensure that the charity pursues its objects as defined in its governing document. 
To ensure the charity uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives. 
To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the charity, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets. 
To safeguard the good name and values of the charity. 
To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity. 
To ensure the financial stability of the charity. 
To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds. 
Essential skills and knowledge 

Is strategic and forward-looking, can provide clarity of purpose and focus on the key governance issues and decisions that will advance the aims and objectives of the charity 
Has demonstrable experience of business knowhow and/ or can offer expertise within a particular area of charity business (Fundraising; Human Resources; Risk and Compliance; Safeguarding) 
Has the skills and confidence to effectively contribute to Board discussions 
Has effective communication and interpersonal skills, and listens to, and respects, the opinions of others 
Is understanding, and accepting of, the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship and will work to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. 
Desirable skills and knowledge 

Direct experience of spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, or other disabilities 
An understanding of the physical barriers, attitudes and approaches in society that make life harder for disabled people  
A wider involvement with the voluntary sector 
Skills and confidence to represent the views of our members to influence and shape Shine’s service delivery 
An understanding of statutory strategy and policies that shape the health, social care and/or education agendas 
A network of contacts to increase our reach and influence 
A network of contacts to increase our potential for income generation 
Time Commitment 

4 Board meetings per year.  Board meetings are currently being held virtually but there may be a requirement to attend some meetings at Shine’s Head Office in Peterborough as lockdown restrictions lift. 
An equivalent of up to half a day a month for contribution to specific pieces of Shine’s work and/or to represent Shine at events 

Recruitment process  
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact our CEO, Kate Steele on 01733 555988 or email  
Please submit a CV and supporting statement, which should outline your interest and explain how you meet the role criteria to Steve Ellen, Director of Finance, at or post it to:
Shine, Unit 4, The Forum, Minerva Business Park, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 6FT.

If short-listed, you will be invited for an interview with the CEO to discuss your suitability for a Trustee position.
This is a voluntary, non-paid role. However, Shine will reimburse any expenses incurred in carrying out this role. 
Shine is committed to equal opportunities and a ‘Positive about Disability’ organisation. We actively encourage applications from people with disabilities. 

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