Appointment of Trustees 2016
The Greenfield Valley is an enticing 70 acre woodland site set between the Victorian Town of Holywell in North Wales and the historically important former dock site a mile away in the village of Greenfield. Adjacent to the valley is the world famous St Winefrides Well, a site of international religious pilgrimage; while located within the Valley itself are the ruins of the 12th century Basingwerk Abbey.
The Valley has an important industrial heritage, housing five large man made pools/dams, built in the 19th century. These pools housed the huge waterwheels that generated energy for the Flour Mills, Copper Works, Soap Factory and Textile mills which produced goods for export all over the world.
The pools are now home to swans, ducks and other nesting birds and the manmade dams and walkways are open for all to walk across and enjoy.
Dotted throughout the Valley there are historical sites that include an ancient woodland, part of Watts Dyke, and a number of scheduled monuments that are theremains of the many industrial factories which made Greenfield Valley one of the first and most important sites in the industrial revolution in the UK.
At the lower end of the Valley there is a small industrial and agricultural museum that was renovated in early 2016 with the support of a £1m Heritage Lottery Grant. The same area hosts a variety of family events throughout the year and provides family play facilities and a café. It is the museum and family area that raises funds to supplement the income from Flintshire Council to pay for maintenance and upkeep of the whole site.
Greenfield Valley Trust
The Valley Trust is a charitable organisation established to manage the Greenfield Valley on behalf of Flintshire County Council. This arrangement is via a funded management agreement, although the expectation is the Trust will work to increase the revenue through increased visitors and grants and will become self-sufficient over time.
The Greenfield Valley as part of its cyclical recruitment plan is looking to recruit 4 Trustees to its Board to assist with the strategic management of the site.
In particular the Board wish to recruit Trustees who are able to support the Trust by offering skills, background or experience in any or all of the following:-
- Marketing, Communications, Social Media, Public Relations, Sales, Tourism
- Strategy, Governance, Finance, HR, Legal, Performance Management
- Fundraising, Statutory funds, Corporate and philanthropic giving
- Heritage, museums, visitor/family attractions
- Community involvement, community engagement
Desirable skills, in addition to the specific skills listed above the Board would anticipate applicants would offer
- Strong intellectual and analytical ability; innovative thinking and ability to focus on issues requiring action
- Experience in the charitable or voluntary sector
- Sound, independent judgement and ability to think creatively
- Working effectively as a team member and demonstrating a willingness to learn and develop
- An understanding of the challenges facing small to medium UK charities in maximising income streams & donor cultivation.
- Experience of diverse fundraising practices, including statutory funds, corporate and philanthropic giving would be valuable.
- Excellent networking skills, influencing and communication skills.
Term of Office
Normally 4 years. As the Board is in the process of reconfiguration applicants can if they wish state a preference for a one, two, three or four year term which will be considered subject to the needs of the Trust.
Trustee can hold two consecutive terms.
6 to 8 Board meetings a year, which necessitate the reading of papers in advance. Trustees may be asked to join a sub group or a task and finish group.
- Ensure the delivery of the Trust Charitable aims as set out in its governing document
- Agree and set strategic direction for the organisation
- Broaden awareness of the charity’s values and priorities; and increase its visibility across a wider audience
- Assist and advise on policy and developments for areas within specialist knowledge
- Ensure the organisation is financial secure and delivers its services in accordance with the rules of Charity Commission, Company Law and the Flintshire Management Agreement
- Ensure the Trust engages in proactive and positive relationships with the local community, local voluntary organisations and local statutory bodies
This is a voluntary role
Applications to be made to
Ian Jones, BA Hons, ACIS
Tel: 01352 714172
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS MIDNIGHT ON 22 MAY 2016
Anticipated interviews - week commencing 30 May 2016
Duties and responsibilities of a Charity Trustee
Who can be a Trustee?
Some people are disqualified by law from acting as Trustees including:
- Anyone who has an unspent conviction for an offence involving deception or dishonesty
- Anyone who is an undischarged bankrupt
- Anyone who has been removed from trusteeship of a charity by the Courts or Charity Commission for misconduct or mismanagement
- Anyone who is disqualified from being a company director under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986
What are the duties of Trustees?
Trustees have, and need to accept, ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of their charity, ensuring that it is solvent and well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it was set up. You need to keep in mind the following areas of responsibility.
Trustees must ensure that their charity complies with:
- Charity law, and the requirements of the Charity Commission as regulator; in particular you must ensure that the charity prepares reports on its work, and submits Annual Returns and accounts as required by law
- The requirements or rules, and the charitable purpose and objects, set out in the charity’s own governing document. All Trustees will be provided with a copy of this document, and will need to be familiar with it
- The requirements of other legislation and other regulators (if any) which govern the activities of the charity; these will vary according to the type of work the charity carries out, and whether it employs staff or volunteers, for example Employment law
- The requirement for Trustees to act with integrity, and avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets
Duty of prudence
- Ensure that the charity is and will remain solvent; this means that you need to keep yourself informed of the charity’s activities and financial position
- Use charitable funds and assets wisely, and only to further the purposes and interests of the charity
- Avoid undertaking activities that might place the charity’s property, funds, assets or reputation at undue risk
- Take special care when investing the funds of the charity, or borrowing funds for the charity to use
Duty of care
- Exercise reasonable care and skill as trustees, using personal knowledge and experience to ensure that the charity is well-run and efficient
- Consider getting external professional advice on all matters where there may be material risk to the charity, or where the trustees may be in breach of their duties
More information about the role and responsibilities of trustees can be found on the Charity Commission website under "The Essential Trustee".