Birmingham Permanent
  • Trustee position with genuine opportunity to make an impact on peoples lives
  • Highly respected UK charity with superb legacy and clear vision for the future

About Our Client

When was the last time you, or someone close to you, was involved in a serious accident? Could anything have been done to prevent it? What effect did it have on you then and now?

The vast majority of accidents can be prevented and RoSPA's vision is 'life, free from serious accidental injury'.

For more than 100 years, RoSPA has been quietly working behind the scenes to change both legislation and attitudes surrounding accidents, from the compulsory wearing of seatbelts and the ban on hand-held mobile phones behind the wheel, to the current campaigns for our homes to be 'Safer by Design' and have 'Safer Stairs'.

As a registered charity and through campaigning, carrying out research, influencing legislation, informing, and educating, auditing and providing expert consultancy to businesses, RoSPA has helped save more than 125,000 lives on the roads and in workplaces, maintaining our position as a world-leading advocate for the well-being of people everywhere.

RoSPA has an annual turnover of circa £9m per year and employs over 90 staff, working in the United Kingdom and Middle East. . While most staff work within RoSPA's commercial businesses (consultancy, training, qualifications, events, and awards) a significant minority work on research, evidence, policy formulation, communications and campaigns.

Job Description

RoSPA is now seeking to recruit an independent Trustee to the Board.

This is a voluntary role and usually takes about 8-12 days per annum including four Board meetings, committee meetings, away days, the AGM and keeping-in-touch time.

The Board has nine Trustees with varied backgrounds in business, health and safety and the health service.

The Trustees are responsible for fiduciary and financial oversight and for agreeing the strategy of the Charity. They delegate the day-to-day management of the Charity to the CEO and Executive management team. There are sub-committees reporting to the main Trustee Board on finances and investments, Remuneration and Nominations. Trustees are expected to join one or more of these committees.

The Charity faces some difficult choices in allocating its resources effectively. Trustees play a key role in ensuring that this is done in a timely, transparent and efficient manner, and that the impact of its activities are measured systematically.

The Charity also works in partnership with statutory bodies as well as with other charities and voluntary organisations to maximise its effectiveness.

The Successful Applicant

The ideal candidate will probably be serving, or have served, in a medium or large business with responsibilities for occupational risk management. In addition, they will be expected to contribute actively to the broad range of RoSPA interests in safety matters across road, leisure, water, and the home.

Candidates interested in applying to become a Trustee of RoSPA should be able to demonstrate knowledge and ideally experience in the following key areas:

  • Membership of other boards or committees at a similar level (Private / Public or Third sector)
  • Successful track record of achievement throughout career
  • Ability to think strategically and identify and critically assess strategic opportunities and threats and develop effective strategies for the organisation
  • Professional background with senior level experience in Occupational Health, Public Health, Marketing, Audit or operating in international markets (particularly Middle East)
  • Experience in some or all of the following markets or industries which are directly relevant to RoSPA: Occupational Health, Public Health or Emergency Medicine
  • Effects resulting from activity linked to RoSPA Campaigns
  • Interest in general safety matters across Workplace, Road, Leisure, Water and the Home
  • Charity governance

What's on Offer

This is a voluntary Trustee position, working alongside a committed and highly capable group of Trustees and Executives, to set the direction of a highly-respected, life-saving organisation.

The time commitment expected for the role of Trustee of RoSPA will be around 12 days per year of which approximately half would consist of meetings. The remaining time would consist of preparation, background reading and reviewing papers.

RoSPA makes extensive use of hybrid/remote working and meetings take place on Teams as well as face to face in Birmingham and London.

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