BECOMING A TRUSTEE
Who are we looking for?
Magic Me Trustees have a wide range of backgrounds, interests and experiences. Magic Me operates within many sectors and is keen to have a wide range of professional and community expertise from its Board, alongside excellent governance to support the charity to deliver on its mission and to safeguard its values.
The aim of our board of trustees is to govern Magic Me and enable the charity to be the best that it can be, steadfastly focused on achieving its vision, mission and purpose, so as to transform the lives of the beneficiaries we serve.
We are looking for trustees who can support the chair and director with the leadership of Magic Me.
You will act as an ambassador for Magic Me and promote our work at public event s and more widely within the sector. You will be happy to make and use connections to advance Magic Me.
Our board is currently made up of nine trustees and we are looking to increase this to ten. We are keen to create more diversity on our board and ensure we continue to represent the people we work with.
We are looking for new Trustees to participate in the governance work of the board, who have a range of skills and a commitment to supporting Magic Me in a very practical way.
To complement current trustees we are particularly looking for people with experience in one or more of the following:
'¢ Participating in community arts
'¢ Charity finance
'¢ Charity governance
Our aim is also to have a balanced board, which includes people from the different communities, generations and cultures within which we work.
Magic Me is a registered charity and trustees are legally responsible for its operations. Their role is to oversee the organisation, its staff and long-term strategic planning. Technically trustees employ the staff of Magic Me, who are responsible for most of the day to day running of the organisation. Trustees are also Directors of Magic Me Ltd, a company limited by guarantee. This is a way of ensuring that no trustee who has fulfilled the duties of their role is personally liable should the organisation become insolvent or have to close.
Magic Me's public liability insurance covers everyone who works for Magic Me, whether paid or unpaid, and this includes Trustees while working on Magic Me's behalf, as well as staff, freelancers and volunteers.
Trustees are elected at the AGM, usually held in October, by the members of Magic Me. Current Trustees may also co-opt new Trustees during the year between AGMs.
By law, charity trustees cannot be paid for their time and work. Trustees can claim reasonable travel, childcare or other expenses as necessary.
Realistically to fulfil your role effectively, being a Trustee is likely to involve around half a day a month of your time.
'¢ Trustees meet formally four times a year, usually from 6 to 8pm on a weekday evening at Magic Me's office in Bethnal Green. These meetings are held on different days of the week to accommodate people's other regular commitments.
'¢ Magic Me has three sub-committees on which trustees can serve they are: Finance and Risk Committee, Fundraising Committee and HR Committee.
'¢ Papers for meetings are circulated by email at least seven days before the meeting. Trustees are expected to prepare for meetings, having read and digested the papers in advance and be ready to contribute to discussions and decision making.
'¢ We also aim to hold an off-site away day each year to reflect on how we are working as a team, and to focus on big picture matters for the charity.
'¢ The AGM is held as part of Magic Me's Annual Celebration, usually in October.
For full details and a role spec please visit the Magic Me website.