Closing date: Monday, 07th February 2022
Bristol Law Centre has a long history of providing legal advice and representation to those who would otherwise be denied access to justice. We provide specialist, high quality, free legal advice to thousands of people every year, giving them a voice to challenge decisions affecting their lives. Our clients are some of the most disadvantaged and discriminated against in our communities and our work helps prevent poverty, keep families together, and fight inequality with outcomes including reinstated benefits, evictions avoided, immigration status secured.
Our funding has been cut over the last decade and we have faced challenges to keep afloat – not least through the pandemic. But we have continued to delivery high quality support without a day’s interruption and have worked on a change management process to respond to the specific funding, systems and internal challenges posed. We’re an ambitious organisation, determined not to only survive but to thrive and grow.
Trustee leadership and good governance is at the heart of the Law Centre, and our Board members play a vital role leading the organisation and ensuring we deliver our charitable objectives. The Board of Trustees has overall responsibility for the strategy, vision and good running of the organisation, appointing and working closely with the Chief Executive and staff team to drive us forward. We’re here to make sure the Centre is still here in 50 years’ time, but also that we are providing outstanding support right now to the people who need us most.
The Board currently consists of 8 trustees, and we meet 6 times a year. In addition there are three committees (Executive, Finance, and HR) and all trustees are expected to sit on at least one. These also meet 6 times a year and these are where much of the business is dealt with and recommendations made to the full Board for final decisions.
What we are looking for
We wish to grow and refresh our membership and are seeking to appoint up to five additional trustees. We’re open to anyone who has a passion for the work we do supporting the most vulnerable, and/or for helping charities to succeed. In particular, we would be very keen to hear from:
- people with a connection to the communities we serve in Bristol and the wider region
- people with confidence in fundraising, communications, networking and building relationships that can help the organisation
- people with experience of charity governance
- people with specialist financial skills and experience
- people with HR skills and knowledge
People of colour and disabled people are under-represented on our Board and applications are particularly encouraged from those groups. Whilst we hope trustees will feel comfortable to bring their whole self to their work with us, we expect all members of our Board to consider inclusion in all aspects of what we do, and do not expect individuals to represent specific groups or demographics.
A small group of current trustees and the CEO will review your application. If we think your skills and experience are a good fit with the law centre, there will be an opportunity to meet with the CEO for an informal discussion and a chance to attend a Board meeting as an observer; plus an interview with existing trustees including the Chair.
Closing date Monday 7th February 2022 at 12 noon
Trustee Role Description
Trustee Application Form
Email your completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org (please put ‘trustee application’ in the subject field) and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries in the meantime.