Trustee

Anyone can volunteer as a trustee, and we prticularly welcome those who have mental health experience as a user, carer or worker or can make a special contribution.  For more details contact Christina Meacham on 020 8343 5701.

The role of trustee covers the following areas:

Overall purpose

To oversee the strategic and general management of Mind in Barnet and the activities of the organisation as they relate to:

  • Aims and objectives
  • Use of assets
  • Work within agreed policies and procedures

Trustees are expected to own the corporate decisions of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees normally meets every two months. Trustees are expected to undertake duties in a manner which reflects Mind in Barnet’s values and ethos and which is open, non-aggressive, respectful, user-centred and committed to equal opportunity.

Main duties

  • To ensure Mind in Barnet complies with its Memorandum and Articles of Association, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation and regulations and to approve official documents as necessary
  • To evaluate performance of the organisation relating to the agreed objectives and work programme.
  • To discuss, advise, contribute and make decisions in relation to Mind in Barnet’s policies and issues of concern to the organisation.
  • To oversee Mind in Barnet’s financial affairs and to ensure financial stability.
  • To oversee the management and protection of Mind in Barnet’s assets and to ensure that annual accounts are produced for the Annual General Meeting and submitted to Companies House.
  • To make arrangements for the appointment of the Chief Executive and to have overall responsibility for the staff employed at Mind in Barnet.
  • To ensure equality of opportunity is promoted and sustained through all aspects of Mind in Barnet’s work.
  • To represent the Board of Trustees if necessary at internal disciplinary and complaint panels and on external bodies as agreed.
  • To be aware of and accept the responsibilities of a charitable trustee and to act properly at all times and declare any impediment or interest relevant to the role of Trustee.

Trustees have a duty to act within the law and use reasonable care in reaching decisions. Trustees who act with due diligence should not be personally liable were Mind in Barnet to be subject to any legal action. Trustees therefore need to read Board papers with care, and be prepared to initiate and contribute to discussions, assist in the provision of advice and guidance and contribute their particular knowledge and experience to help the Board of Trustees reach sound and equitable decisions.

Essential attributes

  • Understanding and commitment to Mind in Barnet’s aims, objectives and values.
  • Knowledge of and interest in mental health issues.
  • A willingness and ability to devote necessary time and effort.
  • An ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • Possesses good judgement.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and sensitively and to take part in discussions.
  • An understanding or a willingness to assimilate and accept the legal responsibilities of a Trustee.
  • Ability to work effectively in groups.
  • Some understanding of ways in which issues of race, racism, culture, gender, sexuality and disability affect outcomes in relation to mental health services.

Desirable attributes

Skills or experiences in one or more of the following:

  • Mental health policy, services or practice
  • Financial management
  • Performance management
  • Legal matters
  • Human resources management
  • Campaigning
  • Public relations
  • IT
  • Working within diverse communities