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Are you a potential CWT trustee

The CWT is currently looking for two new Trustees to join us. If you’re a Registered Nutritionist or a Registered Dietitian and can commit to six Board meetings a year, then please apply by sending your CV or the link to your LinkedIn profile to [email protected] outlining as to why you would make a good trustee in your covering email.

Here is our current Trustee Role Description to guide your application:

Overview of Trust

Salary: Voluntary/unpaid. Expenses incurred while travelling to meetings.

Hours: 4 – 6 Board meetings a year. Ad hoc committee meetings.

Tenure:  2 years, eligible for a further tenure.

Location: Central London

The Object of the Charity: to promote public health and in particular (though without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing) to protect the quality of food for the public benefit.

The role of the Board of Trustees

  • To promote and administer the charitable object above by the specific powers outlined in governing document.
  • To receive assets from donors, safeguard them and apply them to the charitable purposes of The Caroline Walker Trust (CWT).
  • To keep proper accounts of all monies received and paid for on behalf of the Charity.
  • To make regulations for the management of the Charity and an awards scheme.
  • To assess the changing environment and approve the organisation’s strategic direction.
  • To keep a record of the proceeding of the Trustee’s meetings where decisions have been made.
  • The board must always act in the best interest of the trust.
  • The board must act as a group and not as individuals, making decisions as a collective.

Duties of a Caroline Walker Trustee (non-Officer)

  • To ensure the CWT complies with its governing document, charity law and other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure the CWT pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
  • To ensure the CWT applies its resources exclusively in the pursuance of its objects. 
  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees by giving firm strategic direction to the CWT, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agree targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the CWT.
  • To ensure the Financial Stability of the CWT by being certain that the finances are adequate for its current needs and its short to medium term strategy.
  • To approve major policies, major actions of the organisation such as capital expenditure and major changes in activities and services.
  • Each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions.  This may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues, providing advice and guiding new initiatives, evaluating or offering advice on other areas, such as finance, marketing, law, pubic relations or nutrition in which the trustee has particular expertise.

Minimum Time Commitment

  • Trustees are expected to read over induction pack before their first board meeting.
  • Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings.  Board meetings are held 4 – 6 times a year after normal office hours.  Board meetings last for approximately two hours.
  • Meeting dates are arranged four months in advance.
  • Trustees may be asked to join one of the committees, including Judging Panel for the CWT Award, Fundraising and Event organising.
  • Trustees from a Nutrition or Dietetic background are expected to take part in updating of resources.
  • Trustees can claim out of pocket expenses incurred in travelling to meetings.

Person Specification

  • A commitment to the objectives and aims to the CWT.
  • A willingness to attend board meetings and ad hoc committee meetings.
  • Integrity and strategic foresight.
  • Good, independent judgement without conflict of interest or self-interest.
  • A willingness to speak your mind and to challenge any information put forward.
  • Provide candid and constructive criticism, advice, comments and praise.
  • 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 make collective decisions for the good of the Trust.
  • Previous board experience.

Please send your CV or the link to your LinkedIn profile to [email protected] with an outline as to why you would make a good trustee in your covering email.

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