Voluntary Management Committee Members / Trustees

We are looking for new members to join our dynamic management committee. In particular, we are looking for people with a business development background and the ability to act as the committee secretary. However, the key qualities we need are people who are committed and passionate about what we are trying to achieve.

Hope Housing is a Christian charity that aims to eradicate homelessness in Bradford. We help jointly run the Bradford No Second Night Out hostel which provides emergency accommodation to those who are homeless on any given night. We also operate some dispersed houses which can be accessed  as move-on accommodation from the hostel or filled directly by those who have nowhere to live.

We work strategically within Bradford around issues such as homelessness, street begging, destitution and to assist those with multiple needs.

This is a voluntary role, which would require attending up to 6 Management Committee meetings per year.

To obtain further information, please email Ruth Davison at ruth@hopehousing.org.uk or telephone 01274 900764.

 

Hope Housing Management Committee Member / Trustee Role Description

Overall

The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

General responsibilities

  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document.
  • To ensure that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives (the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are).
  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
  • If the charity employs staff, to appoint the Chief Executive Officer in conjunction with the other trustees and monitor his/her performance.
  • to act within the framework of values, ethos, policies and procedures set by the trustees.

Qualities

  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Commitment to the organisation
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Practising Christian or willing to promote Christian beliefs through the work of Hope Housing

 

Hope Housing Secretary to the Trustees Role Description

Overall

  • To ensure that committee meetings are properly administered.
  • To ensure other meetings, such as the AGM, and events are properly administered.
  • Keep membership records up-to-date.
  • Monitor committee member action points.

General responsibilities

  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document.
  • To ensure that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives (the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are).
  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
  • If the charity employs staff, to appoint the Chief Executive Officer in conjunction with the other trustees and monitor his/her performance.
  • to act within the framework of values, ethos, policies and procedures set by the trustees

Specifically

  • Plan and prepare the committee meetings and the AGM with others as appropriate.
      • Planning meeting dates, booking rooms, sending out notifications, minutes and other papers.
      • Drawing up agendas together with the Chair.
  • Minute committee meetings or ensure that another minute taker is available.
  • Accurately record decisions and actions in the minutes and report to the next committee meeting on the progress of actions and the result of decisions.
  • Deal with correspondence, writing letters/emails as agreed at committee meetings, summarising correspondence/emails received at the next committee meetings and drafting replies as appropriate.
  • Make arrangements for any necessary reporting to be done.

Qualities

  • Commitment to the organisation
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Organised and methodical
  • Able to take accurate minutes  
  • Able to work as a team and be committed to the charity values  
  • Able to keep accurate records  
  • Relevant skills to organise a meeting well
  • Practising Christian or willing to promote Christian beliefs through the work of Hope Housing