• Advertised from 15th February 2019

Role

Background

The Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association (SVGCA) is a private charitable letting agent, which together with its sister organisation, the Scottish Garden City Housing Society Ltd (SGCHS), provides housing to disabled military veterans in Scotland. Founded in 1915, SVGCA is one of Scotland’s oldest military social housing charities and is extensively supported by a network of enthusiastic and committed Voluntary District Committees who are central to our success.

Our stock of nearly 650 houses of varying size and type is located throughout Scotland. Over the past five years, there has been a significant development programme to increase the number and type of houses we can offer, but SVGCA want to expand and improve our stock further to meet the current and forecasted demand and are committed to undertaking further housing developments.

Due to planned board succession, we are looking to recruit several new Non-Executive Directors onto the board of SVGCA and Trustees to the committee of management for SGCHS over the course of 2019.

The Role

The main function of the Board of Directors / Trustees is to work with the Chair, Chief Executive and leadership team to oversee the future strategy and direction of the charity. The Board of Directors / Trustees is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the charity, for leading and controlling SVGCA and for its governance, policy and affairs. Directors / Trustees have responsibilities under charity and company law, and under SVGCA’s Articles of Association, for directing the affairs of the organisation, ensuring that it is solvent, well run and delivers its objectives.

Statutory duties:

  • To ensure that the charity, and its representatives, function within charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations and in line with SVGCA’s governing document, i.e. the Articles of Association;
  • To ensure that the charity pursues its objects as defined in the Articles of Association;
  • To contribute actively and provide firm strategic direction to the charity, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against those agreed targets;
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the charity;
  • To ensure the effectiveness and efficient administration of the charity;
  • To ensure the financial stability of the charity, including ensuring that robust systems are in place for internal financial control and the protection of the charity’s funds and assets;
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds;
  • To ensure a fully effective and appropriate system for the recruitment, appointment and monitoring of the work and activities of the Chief Executive;
  • To act in the best interests of the charity, beneficiaries and future beneficiaries always;
  • To avoid any personal conflict of interest;

Other duties:

  • To undergo a thorough induction upon appointment and ongoing training to remain alert to, and aware of, their duties and responsibilities, and of the environment in which SVGCA operates;
  • To monitor the implementation of internal policies, which must include equality and diversity as well as health and safety policies and grievance and disciplinary procedures;
  • To ensure that risk assessments for all aspects of the business are carried out;
  • To maintain effective Board performance and ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity including funding, insurance and premises;
  • To maintain absolute confidentiality about all sensitive/confidential information received in the course of Trustee responsibilities to the charity.

In addition to the above, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience s/he has to help the Board reach sound decisions. These may involve scrutinising Board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives and other issues in which the Trustee has special expertise.

Application notes

Please send a CV and covering letter to the SVGCA CEO, Kevin Gray MM, k.gray@svgca.org.uk with Director / Trustee Recruitment in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is 1200hrs on Friday 29th March 2019.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held at the Association’s offices in Edinburgh in April.

All information relating to unsuccessful candidates will be destroyed when an appointment has been made.