The Board of Trustees are collectively responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Bristol Law Centre (BLC).
The board oversee the financial affairs of the charity, supports the CEO and management team and ensures that the aims, objectives and goals are in accordance with its Memorandum and Articles of Association, and legal and regulatory guidelines.
It is important that, as a trustee, you are aware of, and understand, your individual and collective responsibilities. The main responsibilities of being trustee are
Anyone volunteering their time as a Trustee of Bristol Law Centre is asked to
- Show commitment to the organisation
- Have the willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to board activities. We hold 6 board meetings per year and trustees are also asked to sit on one sub-committee of their choice. The time commitment is 4 hours every 2 months for meetings plus around 2hrs of preparatory work (reading papers in advance). Trustees also take on projects and provide ad hoc support to BLC staff which use their individual skills and experience. The time commitment for these can be variable but fit around trustees’ other commitments.
- Have a willingness to speak their mind so ideas are appropriately questioned and challenged to ensure robust decision making.
- Have an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
- Be willing to work effectively as a member of a team
Work as a trustee is voluntary. However, BLC is able to reimburse expenses incurred in carrying out this role.