Thank you for your interest in LCGB and for exploring whether a Trustee role with us might be an exciting and fulfilling opportunity for you.
On this page you will find:
- Background information about LCGB
- Key duties and person specification for a trustee
- Secretary trustee role description
For additional information about our Charity see the rest of the LCGB Website
Please note, the closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 20th June 2022 (Please Click here to view the form)
Background information about LCGB
LCGB was founded in 1994 as a membership organisation for IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants). We promote the work of the IBCLC and seek to advocate for parents to receive the help they need to breastfeed. LCGB provides networking and learning opportunities for its members, including running an annual conference and coordinating ongoing web learning (on our OWL platform). LCGB has representatives that advise and consult on all kinds of strategic matters related to infant feeding in the UK.
LCGB became a registered charity in 2020, Charitable no. 1187793. We are a membership organisation and currently have around 550 members (Jan 2022). Members include midwives, health visitors, dieticians, GPs, paediatricians, infant feeding leads, peer support coordinators, NHS and public health project leads, academic researchers, peer supporters and members from every voluntary breastfeeding sector, as well as independent lactation consultants.
We would love to hear from you if you;
- would like to help develop the organisation in line with our charitable aims
- have innovative ideas about how to protect and support breastfeeding at a strategic level
- would like to be part of a team contributing to national priorities
- have an interest in engaging in advocacy and the evolving landscape of infant feeding in Great Britain
- have a strong desire to advocate for expert IBCLC breastfeeding care for all families
- are passionate about advancing education about breastfeeding and for promoting ambitious standards in lactation education
- have professional experience to enrich the Board’s skills mix, such as E,D,I, governance, legal, financial or volunteer coordination.
We are actively looking to extend the diversity of our Board to better represent our membership and those whom our members support and would therefore encourage Black and Asian people, and those with Protected Characteristics to apply.
We are also extremely interested in receiving applications from those who work or have worked in the NHS or statutory health services.
What is a trustee?
Trustees are the people who serve on the governing body of a charity. They have ultimate legal responsibility for the charity’s management and administration. The Board of Trustees must set the strategic direction of the charity.
All trustees have very distinct responsibilities, which are to:
- Act in the best interests of beneficiaries
- Make sure assets are used exclusively to further the Objects of the charity
- Operate within the Constitution that sets out the purposes and rules
- Avoid conflicts of interest
Why consider being a trustee?
There are several good reasons for being a trustee. For example, you:
- Will have a lot of skills and experiences to bring to a charity’s board
- Will develop transferable skills, improve your CV, and broaden your experience
- Will meet a wide range of new people which could open doors to all sorts of other networks and opportunities
- Have the chance to shape, support and contribute your ideas and knowledge to a meaningful cause and organisation
‘Trustees play a vital role in a sector that contributes significantly to the character and wellbeing of the country’ from GirlDreamer | ‘STEP ON BOARD’ BECOMING A TRUSTEE'
LCGB trustees’ key duties:
- Read papers in advance and attend and contribute constructively to Board meetings
- Provide financial oversight through input into preparation of the annual budget and review of associated financial reports
- Review and develop policies and procedures and the charity’s risk register
- Serve as Board liaison for designated committees, management teams and working groups
- Represent LCGB at conferences, meetings, and designated committees
- Keep current with issues before the Board, the activities of the Board and volunteer teams, the Strategic Plan, and the policies and procedures of the CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation).
All of LCGB’s work is underpinned by our focus on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Person specification for LCGB trustee:
- A commitment to the organisation – (all trustees need to be or become a member of LCGB)
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the role
- Strategic vision
- Good, independent judgement
- An ability to think creatively
- An ability to challenge constructively
- An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties and responsibilities of trusteeship
- An enthusiasm to expand and update knowledge and skills about trusteeship
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
- A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
What LCGB will offer you in your role as trustee:
- We will help you to access training to build your confidence as a trustee. You will be paired with a mentor from within the current Board.
- All new trustees will be provided with a Trustee Induction Pack which includes links to Essential Trustee training, which all trustees are expected to undertake.
- We are very keen that trustees are provided with opportunities to develop their interests and skills to enhance their role and will support new Board members to find and access training to do this.
- In addition, if you are an IBCLC you can earn two (2) L-CERPs from IBLCE for each full year of volunteer service (within the five-year recertification cycle) on the board of a non-governmental organisation that promotes and/or supports breastfeeding.
- The Board meets around 6 times a year. Board meetings held virtually are 4 hours long. For the past two years all meetings have been held virtually. Before the Covid pandemic, Board meetings were held in Kentish Town in London, and we hope to get back to holding some of our meetings in-person soon. We also typically have a trustees’ social meeting during the days we are away for our annual conference. The Conference is also traditionally when we hold our AGM, which all Trustees are expected to attend.
- In addition to Board meetings, other contact – usually electronic or by telephone – is necessary.
- Trustees’ expenses e.g. travel to Board meetings can be claimed in line with our Expenses Policy.
- As a small, volunteer run charity, many of our trustees undertake operational activities alongside their trustee duties, however, this is not a requirement of being an LCGB trustee. Contributing specialist, strategic skills on the Board is our key requirement for our trustees and we very much look forward to hearing from you.
Trustees are elected for an initial 3 year term, renewable for a further 2 terms (6 years) by reappointment by the Board or re-election by the members.
The recruitment process
If you would like to apply for a role as trustee with LCGB, please either send your CV with cover letter OR complete the application form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your application should include details of two referees stating their relationship to you and how long they have known you. Referees will only be contacted if you are offered the role. Please email these documents before 5pm on the closing date of Monday 20th June 2022 to: email@example.com
Interviews with shortlisted candidates are likely to take place during the first week of July.
A full Secretary Trustee role description follows. If you would like to discuss this role further, please Heather Kale, the current secretary for an initial conversation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this.
Secretary role description
- The role of the Secretary is to support the Chair by ensuring the Board functions smoothly. The Secretary may carry out their duties directly or delegate them and ensure that they have been carried out. E.g., the taking of minutes at Board meetings.
General Responsibilities of the Secretary:
- Working closely with the Chair to prepare agendas for Board meetings and circulate them and any supporting papers in advance and provide trustees with any additional information necessary to facilitate decision making
- Ensure that Board meetings, annual general meetings (AGMs) and any extraordinary general meetings are run effectively and in accordance with the provisions of LCGB’s Constitution
- Receive agenda items from other trustees
- Take minutes (or arrange for them to be taken) and circulate draft minutes to all trustees in a timely manner – within one week of the Board meeting
- Check that a quorum is present at meetings
- Ensure the correct appointment of trustees, according to the procedure laid down in the constitution, including updating the Charity Commission website
- Maintain the charity’s organisational calendar
- Maintain Registers of Trustees’ Conflicts of Interests
- Ensure that trustees are kept up to date with current regulations from the Charity Commission
- Write and distribute emails to members
- Receive, respond to, and distribute correspondence
- Provide point of contact for all trustees
- Develop trustee support programs – for example training and skills audits
- Ensure the secure storage of relevant documentation including:
- CIO constitution
- Agendas and minutes of trustees meetings (including any supporting papers)
- Annual reports and minutes of the AGM
- Policies and procedures
- Trustee and volunteer role descriptions
- Collate information for the organisation’s annual report and submit the final report to the Charity Commission
In addition to the person specification for a trustee, the Secretary should have the following skills;
- Organisational expertise and administrative experience
- Knowledge of committee procedures, minute-taking
- Knowledge of or a willingness to learn about charity governance
We are actively looking to extend the diversity of our Board to better represent our membership and those whom our members support, and would therefore encourage Black, Asian and minority ethnic people, and those with Protected Characteristics to apply.
Applicants working in the NHS or statutory health services would be most welcome.
- The time commitment for a trustee can vary. For the Secretary role it is realistic to put aside 10-15 hours per month – some months it may be more and others less depending on whether there is a Board meeting or other secretarial duties to fulfill such as collating the Annual Return (October) and arranging the AGM (normally in the spring).
- Additional time will be required to attend other meetings necessary to fulfil the role of Secretary and to be on-hand for advice on an ad-hoc basis.
In addition to the above information please read the following before proceeding to the application
All Trustees are required to sign a declaration of eligibility in advance of taking up a role as trustee. You can read this declaration here.
The personal information you provide will be used to process your application and will be held securely for a year after the recruitment process is complete, and then deleted. If your application is successful, the information will be used in the administration of your appointment. It will be kept securely and only used for relevant purposes.
Thank you for your interest in LCGB. Please do get in touch if you have any questions about our work or applying to be a Trustee. We would love to hear from you!
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