Trustee - Ecologia Youth Trust

Trustee - Ecologia Youth Trust

Apply by 19 April 2021

Lo​​​​​​cation: Findhorn, Moray
Commitment:  The current Trustees meet approximately 6 times a year
Terms: Voluntary

About the Organisation 

Ecologia Youth Trust is a Findhorn-based charity that supports children and young people who start off life at a disadvantage. In partnership with local organisations in Scotland and internationally, in Uganda, Kenya and Russia, our projects at home and abroad help to make positive, long-lasting changes to the lives of vulnerable young people enabling them to realise their potential in a sustainable way.

Ecologia has 15 members of staff, 7 of whom are full time. The Annual turnover for the last financial year was £550,000 and it is anticipated to increase to over £600,000 this year. 

Role description

Being a Board member is an opportunity to guide the organisation’s development and to contribute to local community and international youth development. The current Trustees meet approximately 6 times a year. Until the pandemic prevented face to face meetings, these were held in a private home in the Findhorn Community. For the past year meetings have been held successfully online. It is envisaged that future meetings might be a combination of face to face and online. 

Trustees are invited to take part in sub-committees in order that those with relevant skills/ availability can take certain roles/responsibilities forward to support the management of both the Scottish and International divisions.          

Currently, there are 5 Board members who bring a wealth of experience from a broad range of backgrounds and represent a variety of stakeholders. 

Person specification 

In order to take the organisation forward the Board wishes to recruit up to 4 new non-executive Trustees who have, between them, financial skills and experience; connections with mainstream Scottish education; international development expertise; fundraising experience with corporate links and local contacts. We welcome and encourage applications from a diversity of ages, gender and race - young people welcome to apply.

These are the competencies that we expect Trustees to possess.

  • Empathy with the Findhorn Community ethos.
  • Commitment to holistic community-based support for vulnerable children at home and overseas.
  • Willingness to shape and sustain the strategic direction of the organisation.
  • An active advocate locally, nationally and internationally for Ecologia Youth Trust (EYT) work and to be willing to promote success.
  • An active role in supporting the EYT fundraising strategy and be involved in fundraising activities on behalf of the Trust.
  • Good communication skills with all stakeholders and the ability to work as part of the Board to further the organisation’s aims, objectives and vision.
  • Ability to oversee the development of and agree the EYT governance, policies and business plan.
  • Ability to ensure that EYT implements effective performance management that will achieve its aims, objectives and vision.
  • Attendance at Board meetings with full engagement and participation in discussions and decision making.
  • Willingness to engage with sub-committees and supervision to support the management. 
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement and diligence on the Board in a caring, fair and unprejudiced manner.
  • ICT competency and ability to communicate regularly by email and to respond to emails timeously.
  • Willingness and commitment to fulfil the legal duties of a Company director as set out in the Companies Act 2006, and the legal duties of a Charity Trustee.

In addition, Trustees should have strengths in at least one of the following areas.  We do not expect an individual to be skilled in all these areas but EYT depends on its Board of Trustees having a wide range of skills.

  • In depth understanding of therapeutic education and/or sustainable development
  • Organisational development/strategy
  • Financial management, budget control
  • Management, development and support of paid staff/volunteers
  • HR experience and capacities
  • Knowledge of equalities, human rights issues and best practice in employment
  • Successful fundraising or social entrepreneurship
  • Facilitator of connections with Corporates and/or Major Donors 
  • Public Relations and/or event management skills
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • ICT management
  • Project development/management experience

How to Apply 

Applicants are asked to write to Elizabeth Egan, Company Secretary on with a covering letter, current CV and a brief personal statement detailing your interest in the position, your relevant skills and experience and any other information that is pertinent to your application, by 19 April 2021

Closing Date for Applications: Monday 19th April 2021  

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