Closing date: 1 October 2020
Job Type: Unpaid trustee
Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond was founded in 1993 with 61 members. Now we unite over 400 organisations, ranging from small specialist charities to large international NGOs with a world-wide presence.
Bond members and staff rely on the Board’s governance oversight, and place high value on
Board members’ commitment to take an active part in discussions and decision-making. It is important that prospective members of the Board are aware of the time commitment involved.
In addition to the legal responsibilities, Bond Board members are expected to:
Bond is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Board members are trustees of the charity and directors of the company. A body of law supervised by the Charity Commissioners regulates the operation of the charity, and company law affects the activities of the company. The duty of a trustee
is to participate with others in the effective governance of Bond.
The Board of Bond consists of up to 12 members, including:
Trustees can be elected by the membership or co-opted from within or outside the membership. The Board may consist of up to four co-optees and up to three non-members. Trustees are elected annually at the AGM.
In order to stand for election to the Bond Board, a candidate must be a current employee of a full Bond member (full members are Bond members based in the UK) or a trustee of a full Bond member.
Each trustee should have:
The Board’s expectations of the behaviour of trustees are set out in Bond’s Trustee Code of Conduct.
Trustees have a legal duty to avoid conflicts between their personal interests and those of Bond. In addition, it is important for public confidence that charities are seen to operate to the highest standards of integrity and honesty.
With this in mind Bond has adopted a policy which requires each trustee to disclose any actual or potential conflicts of which they are aware. When appointed, trustees are asked to complete and sign a Declaration of Interests.
Trustees may be asked to represent Bond to members and externally. To that end, trustees have a responsibility to be well informed of the activities of the organisation and to safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
There are four meetings of the Board a year, which usually take place in London. Board members are also expected to attend the AGM, the annual conference, and an awayday. In total, a minimum expectation of seven days.
In addition to this, Board members are sometimes requested to attend other Bond events (conferences, Working Groups, sector meetings), represent BOND externally, and meet with staff and member organisations.
The Bond trustee role is unpaid, but Bond is able to reimburse all reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out these responsibilities.
Bond is committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation. Bond recognises the value of diversity in all its forms at all levels of the organisation, including at Board level. We celebrate its role in the creation of an inclusive workplace culture and thrive on the range of experience and insight diversity brings to our organisation. We want to increase the diversity of our leadership and particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBT+ and from different socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, as these are underrepresented at Bond.
Please send your CV and covering letter to [email protected] by 1 October 2020. We will respond to all applications sent in.
Please mention Bond when you apply for this position.