Trustees - we are recruiting voluntary positions to join our Board of Trustees
Being a trustee involves ensuring that IPSEA fulfils its objective to help children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their families and carers get the appropriate education, training and support to which they are entitled under the law, and ensuring that IPSEA delivers on its vision, mission and values.
The Board of Trustees are jointly and severally responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, its financial health, the probity of its activities and developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.
As an IPSEA trustee, you will be required to:
- actively contribute to the Board of Trustees’ role in determining IPSEA’s strategic direction, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and monitoring and evaluating performance against agreed plans, targets and key performance indicators
- safeguard IPSEA’s good name and values
- act as an ambassador for IPSEA and to represent the organisation at events and meetings as appropriate
- be aware of current issues relating to SEND policy
- maintain and review a central risk register to ensure that key risks to IPSEA are identified and effectively managed, and that professional advice is sought and considered where appropriate
- participate in trustee training as appropriate
- prepare for and attend board meetings regularly, read papers in advance of meetings and contribute to discussion and collective decision making
- attend subcommittee meetings as appropriate
- keep informed about the activities of the organisation and wider issues which affect its work
- use any personal knowledge, skills and experience to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions and further the objects of the charity. This will involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, and providing advice and guidance requested by the Board on new initiatives, or other issues relevant to the area of the organisation's work in which the trustee has special expertise
- attend IPSEA events, including volunteer training, IPSEA-led conferences and trustee and staff away days
- participate in other tasks as arise from time to time, such as interviewing new staff and helping with fundraising