Charity Trustee

Submitted by Sound Resource on May 21, 2021 - 13:24
Salary / Fee: 
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 30 June, 2021

Trustee Role Description 2021

Sound Resource’s primary Objects are:
1. To maintain, promote, improve and advance the education of the public in the arts, with particular but not exclusive reference to the art, science and practice of singing.
2. The relief of sickness and human suffering, and the promotion of health and wellbeing for the public benefit via the arts – particularly but not exclusively via the medium of music and singing.

The full details of Trustee responsibilities are available on the Charity Commission’s website in ‘The essential trustee’. The following is our summary of what the Charity Commission states that the responsibilities of a Trustee are:

1 Ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit (make sure that the charity is carrying out the purposes for which it is set up, and no other purpose.
2. Comply with your charity’s governing document and the law
3. Act in your charity’s best interests
4. Manage your charity’s resources responsibly
5. Act with reasonable care and skill
6. Ensure your charity is accountable

All Trustees of the Sound Resource are expected to attend a majority of Board meetings, and the AGM which is usually in October. Meetings usually last between 1 and 2 hours.
The Charity’s financial and reporting year runs from 1st August to 31st July. The Chair, Secretary and Treasurer manage the day to day business and communications of the Charity, with support from other Trustees as appropriate. All Trustees are encouraged to participate as much as possible to share the load as there are no paid staff.
Each individual Trustee is expected to bring their personal specialisation, interest area or experience to bear in promoting the Charity’s purposes, alongside participating in the general business of the Charity. This may include for example, helping with events, giving talks based on any relevant specialism, representing the Charity where appropriate and agreed by the Board.

New Trustee recruitment
There are currently 5 Trustees with interest areas in singing practice, working with elderly people living with dementia, COPD, and other conditions affecting breathing and movement, charity management, of whom three take on formal Officers’ roles (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer. The Board is keen to recruit new Trustees from any background, but with interest particularly in any of the following:
Social prescribing, delivery of in-person or digitally provided music-based engagements for people unable to access general wellbeing support activities, wellbeing -community networking and collaboration, fundraising.
We are looking for additional Trustees who:
- bring ideas, contacts, time, commitment
- live in Oxfordshire so they know the environment, have local contacts and are active in the Oxfordshire wellbeing community
- are able to attend meetings and events relatively easily and
- may be prepared in due course to take on a particular role in the Trust’s duties

Contact Details: 

Applications and deadline for expressions of interest
Expressions of interest in becoming a Trustee should be sent to Paul Cann (Chair) at and arrive by 5pm Wednesday 30th June.
- These to include:
Covering letter stating why you are interested in joining the Sound Resource Board, what you believe you could offer, and what you would like to gain from the experience. Also, any restrictions on your time which might affect attendance at meetings or opportunities to represent the charity.
- Summary CV covering professional experience, voluntary experience, skills, interests, educational range, current or previous involvement in other charities, current contact details (email and telephone). Please also state whether you have a current DBS clearance or whether there may be any barrier to you gaining one; Sound Resource Trustees are required to hold current clearance or to obtain it before joining the Board.
All expressions of interest will be replied to as quickly as possible; preferred candidates will be invited to meet Board members to discuss their interest and availability.

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