CAN YOU HELP?
We are looking for new Trustees to join our Board
HOW OUR CHARITY WORKS
We may have assets of over £5 million but we keep our charity processes simple.
We have an Administrator who deals with the day to day administration of the charity. They prepare reports for presentation to the Trustees regarding loans, grants, properties where the charity has a beneficial interest, financial updates, and other matters as needed. Together, the Board of Trustees and the Administrator are the key management personnel of the charity in charge of directing and controlling the charity and running and operating the charity on a day to day basis. We do not actively fundraise.
The charity has working relationships with all Baptist Unions in the United Kingdom and The Grace Baptist Trust Corporation.
YOUR ROLE AS A TRUSTEE
Contribute actively to decisions on loan and grant applications (where possible, such decisions are made over email based on a detailed summary following review)
Meet as a full board 3 times a year (two 2-hour meetings via Zoom and one half day meeting face-to-face). At these meetings the Trustees transact the business of the charity and consider wider questions of strategy and governance.
You may also be asked to:
Support the organisation using your relevant expertise from time to time e.g. grants review committee, assessment of areas of risk and challenge for the charity.
Use your professional expertise and experience to review the financial viability or property legal compliance aspects of loan applications (including a visit to the applying church as appropriate), usually 5-8 applications a year.
Any relevant specialist experience you can offer would help to guide the Board, contribute towards informed decision making by the Trustees and provide ‘heads up’ advice on issues raised. However you would not be required to advise BBCIO professionally. We have external advisors in place for any property, legal and financial issues which may arise.
Trustees generally give at least 4 days of their time each year in preparing for and attending meetings. All Trustees give of their time freely and no trustee remuneration is paid, although meeting expenses are reimbursed. Training and guidance can be provided to new trustees, however where trustees have experience gained with similarly minded charities, additional training is not necessarily required.
RELEVANT SKILLS AREAS
We have identified the following skills areas which are particularly relevant to our work. However, we are interested in diversity of experience, and we welcome applications from those who can demonstrate appropriate expertise gained in other roles.
Interested applicants should have recent or on-going property experience, ideally RICS qualified (or equivalent) with a good understanding of valuation and experience of property/construction projects.
Financial and accounting experience
You do not need to be a qualified finance professional but significant senior level experience/skills in the areas of accounting, budgeting and planning, investment management, reserves and cash flow management and/or management of financial risks is strongly desirable.
Interested applicants should be a qualified legal professional, with experience of property or construction projects and familiar with charity legislation and governance.
If you are an accredited or recognised minister of one of the Baptist Unions we represent, particularly if you have or have had a trans-local role within the Baptist family.
INTERESTED IN JOINING US?
We expect that applicants will be in active membership of a Baptist church. We are also looking to improve the diversity on our Board, including age, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background.
If you are interested in applying to be a trustee, please provide:
• A comprehensive CV, including your recent achievements, and the details of two referees
• A supporting statement, addressing your motivations for applying. This should be no longer than one side of A4.
For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Andrew Burgess, our Chair, via firstname.lastname@example.org.