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Job Title Trustee- Governance Volunteer Role
Location HQ in Eastleigh, Hampshire

We are looking for someone with a good knowledge of governance matters to join African Adventures Foundation’s board of trustees.

Introduction to African Adventures Foundation

African Adventures Foundation is a registered charity set up in 2013 to provide support to 29 schools in developing areas of Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar.

These schools provide education, health and food security, and social support to young people whose access to these basic services would otherwise be very limited. African Adventures Foundation helps by funding food security programmes, the construction of important school facilities, and hygiene projects that will benefit children’s health and education.

Our mission is to provide more children with a quality education and better opportunities in life.

All trustees are responsible for governing a charitable company and directing how it is managed and run. Trustees must also ensure that the trust complies with all legal and statutory requirements. The role of a governance volunteer is to take a lead on ensuring that African Adventures Foundation (AAF)’s governing document is being adhered to, regularly reviewing and referencing this, and raising any concerns about non-compliance, to ensure that AAF is operating ethically and effectively.

Governance Volunteer role

  • Ensure a good understanding of the charity’s governing document, and that it is being followed at all times.
  • Suggest relevant changes/additions to the governing document, if needed.
  • Raise any concerns relating to non-compliance of the governing document.
  • Take minutes of AAF Trustee meetings and send these to all trustees.
  • Act as a spokesperson and figurehead for African Adventures Foundation.

What we are looking for

  • Attention to detail.
  • Willingness to challenge in matters of governance.
  • A good knowledge of governance matters.
  • A good understanding of AAF and our operations.
  • Organisational skills – minuting meetings.

Responsibilities of all trustees

  • Support and provide advice on AAF’s purpose, vision, goals, and activities.
  • Approve operational strategies and policies and monitor and evaluate their implementation.
  • Oversee AAF’s financial plans and budgets and monitor and evaluate their progress.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
  • Ensure that key risks are being identified, monitored, and controlled effectively.
  • Review and approve African Adventures Foundation’s financial statements.
  • Provide support and challenge to African Adventures’ CEO in the exercise of their delegated authority and affairs.
  • Keep abreast of changes in AAF’s operating environment.
  • Contribute to reviews of African Adventures Foundation’s own governance.
  • Attend Board meetings, adequately prepared to contribute to discussions.
  • Use independent judgment, acting legally and in good faith to promote and protect African Adventures Foundation’s interests, to the exclusion of their own personal and/or any third-party interests.
  • Contribute to the broader promotion of African Adventures Foundation’s objects, aims, and reputation by applying your skills, expertise and knowledge.

 Essential qualities and attributes of all trustees

  • Willingness and ability to understand and accept their responsibilities and liabilities as trustees, and to act in the best interests of the organisation.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, exercise good, independent judgement and work effectively as a board member.
  • Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussions.
  • A strong personal commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Enthusiasm for our vision and mission.
  • Willingness to lead according to African Adventures Foundation’s values.
  • Commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership

Terms of appointment

  • Trustees are appointed for a 2-year term of office, renewal for 2 further terms to a maximum of 6 years.
  • This is a voluntary position

Time commitment (Estimated at one day every 2 months)

  • Attending 5 Board meetings annually. Currently meetings are held in person at our UK office – 4 Crescent House, Yonge Close, Eastleigh, SO50 9SX.
  • Flexibility to respond swiftly to the occasional ad hoc issue.
  • Attending an annual half day strategy session.

We are looking for people willing to bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the role, and who will broaden the diversity of thinking on our board.

Think You’ll Be a Good Fit?

Please send your CV and a covering letter, outlining why you are suitable for the role and would like to be interviewed for the position, to Kate Clark, Operations Manager (recruitment@africanadventures.co.uk)

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Job Title Trustee- Governance Volunteer Role
Location HQ in Eastleigh, Hampshire