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Trustee/board member

At its simplest, the role of the trustee board is to receive assets from funders and donors, safeguard them and apply them to the charitable purposes of The CAE. The trustee board must always act in the best interests of the organisation, exercising the same standard of duty of care that a prudent person would apply if looking after the affairs of someone for whom they have responsibility. The trustee board must act as a group and not as individuals.


  • Ensure that The CAE complies with its governing document (its Articles of Association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.

  • Ensure that The CAE pursues its objects as defined in its governing document

  • Ensure The CAE applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects. For example, it must not spend money on activities which are not included in the objects, however worthwhile they may be contribute actively to the board of trustees by giving firm strategic direction to The CAE, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets

  • Safeguard the good name and values of The CAE

  • Ensure the financial stability of The CAE

We are looking for individuals skilled in the following areas:

  • Financial management, income generation and enterprise

  • Public policy and public affairs

  • National and local voluntary sector

  • National and local government and statutory bodies

  • Digital strategy

  • Trading subsidiaries and social enterprise

  • Human resource management

  • Volunteering management and brokerage

  • Funding/foundations

  • Collaborative partnerships

  • Social investment and impact

Time Commitment

  • Trustees are expected to attend an induction session at The CAE prior to their first board meeting.

  • Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings held four times a year.

  • Trustees are to prepare for meetings by reading documents distributed one week prior to each session. 

  • Trustees are expected to attend training sessions as organised by The CAE

  • Trustees may be asked to join board committees, which meet twice a year.

  • Trustees can claim out of pocket expenses incurred in travelling to meetings.

Application deadline: we are accepting applications on a rolling basis and will close it once filled.

How to apply: CV & Cover letter to be sent to

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