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Sectors Environmental, CSR & Sustainability
Town/City London
Salary (Minimum)
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Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Part Time / Per Day
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 03/08/2020
Company Name Groundwork London
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Telephone 02079221230
Email Zena.Edwards@groundwork.org.uk
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Groundwork London Trustee Recruitment

Would you like to help us improve the lives of disadvantaged people living in London? 

Groundwork London is looking for 3 new Trustees to join our Board. There is also the opportunity to join our Finance and Audit Committee.

We are specifically seeking new members to reflect the diverse and multicultural communities of London who we serve.

About us

London’s environmental and social challenges, as well as its regeneration opportunities, are on a scale unique in the UK. We are operating in a city under pressure from growth and from continued reductions in public expenditure which have a significant impact on our communities, on local authorities and on our other public and voluntary sector partners. We are also in a period of great uncertainty as we all grapple with the impacts of COVID-19 and changes to our European relationship. With more than 2 million people in London living in deprivation these hugely diverse and vulnerable communities are impacted most.

Our mission is to transform lives and places in London’s most disadvantaged communities and to create a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and where no-one is held back by their background or circumstances.

We help people gain confidence and skills, get into training and work, protect and improve greenspaces, lead more active lives and overcome significant challenges such as poverty isolation, low skills and poor health.

In 2019/20 we had an Income of £20m, 230 employees and our wide range services delivered over 500 projects.

Please look at our website: groundwork.org.uk/London for more information on the services and projects we deliver.

Our approach to achieving this is to work with others, to join things up, target our efforts to support those most in need, to innovate, and to get things done! We have developed an effective and tightly run operation and have a can-do culture that often does the seemingly impossible.

We work in partnership with local communities, public bodies, private companies and other voluntary sector organisations to deliver a wide variety of fully funded projects across all demographic groups to support communities in need. 

The job of the Board of Trustees is to set the organisation’s direction and strategy and supervise the delivery to ensure our aims and objectives are met.  The Finance and Audit Committee supports the Board by reviewing and scrutinising Groundwork’s financial performance and risk management, and makes appropriate recommendations to the Board where action is needed.

There are 4 Board meetings a year, in London (5.30 – 7.30pm), one of which is usually a whole day event, and 4 F&A Committee meetings a year (5.30 – 7.00pm) between the Board meetings.

Who we‘re looking for

We would really like to hear from you if you are someone who:

  • Finds our aims, activities and focus on delivery inspiring
  • Has an honest, friendly and challenging approach, and one that fits with our values and principles
  • Has the confidence to offer guidance or challenge and speak up in meetings

In order to complement the current make-up of the board we are looking for candidates who:Are analytical and questioning with an eye for detail; or

  • Have sector experience related to our work, for example: housing regeneration, health, young people, the environment and the green economy, employment; or
  • Have experience related to our growth areas such as retail or mapping and data management services; or
  • Have financial/analytical skills or experience and would find our complex financial operation motivating; or
  • Are a social entrepreneur or have Third sector/charity experience

We are committed to equality and diversity within our organisation and in the delivery of our projects and programmes and so we are specifically seeking new members from all socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, races, ethnicities, sexualities, disabilities and faiths to reflect the diverse and multicultural communities we serve.

For further information please refer to the Trustee Recruitment information attached.

How to get in touch

If you would like to be considered to join the Groundwork London Board or the F&A Committee please send a copy of your CV with an email outlining why you’re interested in becoming a trustee, highlighting how your qualities, experience and skills fit with the requirements of the role, addressed to Zena Edwards, PA to Executive Director: zena.edwards@groundwork.org.uk  Please title your email ‘Trustee Groundwork London’.  If you would like to have an informal discussion at this stage please let Zena know.

Once CV’s have been received there will be a shortlisting process; an opportunity for an initial discussion to explore the role with Chairman Alan Smith or Executive Director Lindy Kelly, and those progressing to the final stage will be invited to meet a small group of the Board and Groundwork London managers. This will be undertaken on-line via video conferencing.

The last date for receiving expressions of interest is 3rd August 2020

Meetings with the Board and Managers will be on 6th August 2020

We have planned the timing of this process to enable new Trustees to attend our Groundwork London 2025 strategy day starting on the 13th August.

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