Vacancy for COPA Nominated Trustee
10th October, 2019
Registered Charity (No. 1174518)
Cymru Older People’s Alliance [COPA] is looking for a Nominated Trustee from North Wales for its Board.
Are you passionate about getting the voice of Older People heard?
Would you be interested helping to develop and promote good practice on the engagement of Older People?
Would you like to infuence policy and practice concerning current and future Older People?
Could you help to challenge age discrimination and assist the promotion of the rights of Older People?
If the answer to these questions is ‘Yes’ please consider applying for this Trustee vacancy
The Board of Cymru Older People’s Alliance (COPA) have agreed that as a matter of priority, its nominated or co-opted trustee vacancy should be filled by someone from North Wales to maintain our geographical balance in Board membership. Nominated or co-opted trustees are a separate category of Trustee. They are required to provide knowledge, skills and experience in respect of ageing and the age sector that the Elected Trustees do not have (or do not sufficiently possess). For example, expertise in running a charity, about age and ageing policy and professional practice, service delivery, finance, law etc. We are not looking to appoint a current member of an Older People’s Forum or Group unless they also have these additional attributes since there is already an election process for Trustees from that background. The decision to appoint a co-opted Trustee is a matter entirely for the Board to take to provide additional capacity and meet their requirements. Nominated or co-opted Trustees are appointed for a period of 3 years and can be re-appointed by the Board for a further period of 3 years.
This is a vital role for COPA as it continues to make progress as a new Registered Charity for older people run by older people. We have a new agenda to forge a more coherent and impactful voice at the national level in Wales for older people’s fora and groups in every local authority area. As well as ensuring all parts of Wales are fully represented on COPA, the Board are also keen to implement its policy on the Welsh language in a practical manner.
The functions and duties of charity trustees are set out in law. The COPA constitution says:
The charity trustees shall manage the affairs of the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) [i.e. COPA] and may for that purpose exercise all the powers of the CIO. It is the duty of each charity trustee:
(a) to exercise his or her powers and to perform his or her functions as a trustee of the CIO in the way he or she decides in good faith would be most likely to further the purposes of the CIO; and
(b) to exercise, in the performance of those functions, such care and skill as is reasonable in the circumstances having regard in particular to:
(i) any special knowledge or experience that he or she has or holds himself or herself out as having; and
(ii) if he or she acts as a charity trustee of the CIO in the course of a business or profession, to any special knowledge or experience that it is reasonable to expect of a person acting in the course of that kind of business or profession.
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Skills and Experience
The individual that we are seeking to recruit for this post will ideally have:
A good knowledge, expertise, understanding and recent experience of policy, practice and/or services for older people and of the age sector in North Wales;
Skills and experience of working with a Charity, Board, Committee or Group to improve the lives of older people;
Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing and have good IT skills
The ability to speak and write in Welsh (Desirable)
Candidates who wish to be considered should submit a Personal Statement of no more than 500 words and CV including all contact details to Steve Milsom, Chair of COPA email@example.com by 23.00 on 13 November 2019. Interviews will be held in December 2019. A final decision on appointment will be made as soon as possible thereafter.
If you have any queries about this advert please contact Steve Milsom on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07966312672
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