BWLP is recruiting a TRUSTEE for our Board

Tuesday, 11th January

Black Women’s Link Project (BWLP)

Role: Trustee
Salary: Unpaid
Benefits: Expenses incurred while travelling to meetings
Hours: Four meetings a year
Location: Islington London N1 and surrounding areas
Application closing date: Midnight Sunday 13 Feb 2022
Interview week: 21st-25th February 2022

About BWLP

Black Women’s Link Project aims to educate and help women to overcome and combat feelings of loneliness and social isolation particularly that faced by Black women in our community. The idea is to provide women with an opportunity to have positive conversations, share, learn, and engage with others about the sensitive topic of loneliness and social isolation as it relates to the lives of Black women. These empowering holding sessions foster community and improve wellbeing through storytelling in a safe space.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, BWLP has made a positive impact to raise awareness on the issue of loneliness and social isolation amongst black women. We have created a safe space and have brought women together to tackle what continues to be a deeply stigmatising and debilitating experience. By establishing BWLP as a charity, we will help change the lives of thousands of Black women experiencing the issue of loneliness and social isolation.

About BWLP Board of trustees

BWLP trustees have overall control of the organisation and management of the administration and are responsible for making sure BWLP is doing what it was set up to do. In other organisations, trustees are known by other titles such as: directors, board members, governors, and committee members.

Essentially, trustees are the people who lead BWLP and decide how it is run, making decisions that will impact on lives of those it was set up to serve and making a difference to local communities and even to society as a whole.

Trustee Role Purpose & Description

As a trustee, you will be responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of BWLP helping to develop its aims, objectives, and goals in accordance with legal and regulatory guidelines.

The duties of a BWLP trustee are as follows:

  • Ensuring that BWLP pursues its stated objectives as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy

  • Ensuring that BWLP complies with its governing document (i.e., its constitution and/or terms of reference), charity law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations

  • Ensuring that BWLP applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects (i.e., ensuring that BWLP does not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objectives, however worthwhile or charitable those activities are)

  • Ensuring that BWLP defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets

  • Safeguarding the good name and values of BWLP

  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of BWLP, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place

  • Ensuring the financial stability of BWLP

  • Protecting and managing the property of BWLP and ensuring the proper investment of BWLP funds

  • Following proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal, and remuneration of the chief executive and members of staff

In addition to the above statutory duties, each BWLP trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge, or experience to help the board of BWLP trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Person specification

BWLP Trustees must have:

  • A commitment to the mission of Black Women’s Link Project (BWLP)

  • A willingness to meet the minimum time requirement

  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team

  • Strategic vision

  • Work with integrity

  • Employ good, independent judgement

  • Have an ability to think creatively

  • A willingness to speak their mind

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

  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of BWLP.

The board of BWLP trustees collectively needs skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Financial management, income generation and enterprise

  • Public policy and public affairs

  • National and local voluntary sector

  • National and local government and statutory bodies

  • Digital strategy

  • Trading subsidiaries and social enterprise

  • Human resource management

  • Volunteering management and brokerage

  • Funding/foundations

  • Collaborative partnerships

  • Social investment and impact

  • A commitment to Black Women’s Link Project (BWLP) seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.

If you think you have what it takes to be a BWLP Trustee and would like to join an exciting and unique project as BWLP, then please get in touch.

Send your CV to Blackwomenslinkproject@gmail.com along with a brief note (no more than 300 words) telling us why you are interested in the position and information about your availability in the week commencing Monday 21st February 2022 for interviews.

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