The London Community Foundation


About the Role

To be a Trustee of an organisation is an exciting and fulfilling role. The most effective Boards are ones which benefit from individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets. The role of a Trustee is to ensure that LCF fulfils its duty to its beneficiaries and delivers on our vision, mission and values.

The statutory duties of a Trustee are:

  • To ensure the organisation complies with its governing document - sometimes known as a trust deed, constitution, or articles of association.

  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document.

  • To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives to maximise its social impact.

  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees' role in giving strategic direction to the organisation and evaluating performance against the strategy.

  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.

  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.

  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.

  • To protect and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the proper investment of the organisation's funds.

  • To appoint the Chief Executive and monitor his or her performance.

And, with other trustees to hold the Charity “in trust” for current and future beneficiaries by:

  • Ensuring that the Charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these.

  • Being responsible for the performance of the Charity and for its “corporate” behaviour; ensuring that the organisation complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Acting as guardians of the Charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application.

  • Ensuring that the Charity’s governance is of the highest possible standard.

Trustee should also make full use of any specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the board make good decisions. Additionally, Trustees may sit on relevant Sub-Committees as set out in LCF’s Terms of Reference for its Board and Sub-Committees.

The above list of duties is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Trustee will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.


The Charity’s Board members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for two additional terms.

Time commitment:

Four Board Meetings per year (plus additional 4 meetings per year for Trustees who are also Sub-Committee Members and ad hoc engagement with Management mid-Board Meeting cycle). Board meetings are typically held at our office in Brixton, on a Monday evening between 6pm and 8pm.

Reporting to:

Chair & Board of Trustees

About You

Individuals are sought who have a strong empathy with the Charity’s mission and an in-depth understanding of its work and ambitions are particularly sought. We are seeking an individual who holds a leadership position within a small charity or grassroots organisation in London. You will understand the the operating environment of grassroots organisations in the Capital and the needs they are address. You will be significantly well networked and a strong advocate for small charities and community groups.

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.

All Trustees should also be aware of, and understand, their individual and collective responsibilities, and should not be overly reliant on one or more individual trustees in any particular aspect of the governance of the Charity.


  • Successful at Board level in a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation.

  • Successful experience of leadership within a small charity in London.

  • Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders and colleagues to achieve organisational objectives.

  • A proven track record of sound judgement and effective decision making.

  • A history of impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences.

  • A track record of commitment to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Knowledge, skills and understanding:

  • Commitment to the Charity and a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.

  • Demonstratable commitment and ambition to maximise the social impact of the Charity.

  • Preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the Board and to speak their mind.

  • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis.

  • Good, independent judgement and strategic vision.

  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.

  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

  • An understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Trustees and Chief Executive.

Role posted - 2019-04-23T10:33:46Z 11:33am, 23rd Apr 2019 BST