Become a Trustee

If you are interested in becoming a trustee with Friends for Life, please read through the information below.  You can use the online form to submit your interest in this role.

Trustee role description


Purpose of Role

The trustees provide the charity with strategic direction and maintain a governance overview to check it is well run, and resources are used effectively. 

Each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the committee reach sound decisions. 

Specific duties

  • To ensure that the charity pursues its objects as defined in the constitution and to set and maintain its vision, mission and values.
  • To ensure that Friends for Life complies at all times with its governing document, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To exercise proper financial control and ensure the charity applies its resources exclusively in pursuing its objects.
  • To ensure the financial stability of the charity and the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
  • To give firm strategic direction to the charity, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To ensure accountability and take collective responsibility for the actions of the charity.
  • To maintain effective committee performance and ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the charity and declare any conflict of interest while carrying out the duties of a trustee.
  • To attend meetings and read papers in advance of meetings.
  • To keep informed about the activities of the charity and wider issues which affect its work.
  • To participate in other tasks as they arise from time to time, such as interviewing new staff, representing the charity at appropriate events, meetings or functions.

Essential reading

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