Join us as a charity trustee

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer your knowledge and experience to make a difference in a varied and rewarding role?

Join our board to help shape the strategic direction of JBA Trust and support our mission to create a resilient and sustainable future

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About JBA Trust

We are a charity that aims to help people create a resilient and sustainable future by creating and sharing knowledge. We do this by supporting research, education and engagement in three main topics – the water cycle, environmental risks and resilience, and sustainable infrastructure.

Our work involves close collaboration with partners to support students, academic researchers, schools, environmental charities and the public sector to improve the understanding of environmental risks and how people can manage them.

JBA Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales (No. 1150278) and a company limited by guarantee. As a corporate foundation, core funding comes from our sponsors, the JBA Group of companies, although we also seek external sources of support or funding where appropriate.

Our ambitions

We recently celebrated our 10th anniversary and engaged with many of our partners and stakeholders to help shape our future plans and priorities, including an increased focus on diversity and inclusivity.

About the board

The board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the JBA Trust. It works as an effective team, using a balance of skills, experience, backgrounds and knowledge to make informed and sound decisions. The JBA Trust board currently comprises five Trustees. The JBA Trust’s independent governance is maintained by having an independent board, in accordance with Charity Commission guidance (see “eligibility” below).

The JBA Trust is managed operationally by a team of permanent JBA company employees whose time is donated to the Trust. This team supports the board in its decision-making and is responsible for briefing the board on matters affecting governance of the Trust, including financial planning and reporting. The Trust also benefits from corporate resources within the JBA Group of companies to support key functions, including accounts, financial and project management, health, safety and wellbeing, information technology, data security, and office administration.

Role description

The role of Trustee is varied and rewarding. You will be joining the board to share your expertise and technical knowledge to shape the strategic direction of JBA Trust and enable us to maximise the public benefits we can deliver through our charitable activities.

We would particularly welcome applicants with skills and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Engagement and science communication
  • Teaching and STEM education
  • Digital technologies, data management or data science
  • UK and international flood, coastal and water sector management
  • Hydrology and related natural science disciplines
  • Charity sector financing and grants

We are committed to achieving a greater diversity of skills, ages, abilities and backgrounds on our board and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristic. No previous Trustee experience is needed and training can be provided if necessary.

The six main duties of a Trustee are outlined in the guidance from the Charity Commission: Charity trustee: what’s involved (CC3a) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

This will involve:

  • Attending board meetings (usually two per year, in-person or online, please see “Practical details” below)
  • Reviewing board papers and being prepared to comment on and discuss content
  • Occasionally reviewing and commenting on specific issues by correspondence
  • Being an advocate for the work of the JBA Trust and promoting our charitable objectives

Person specification

Personal Qualities
  • Commitment to inclusiveness and diversity
  • Ability to commit time to conduct the role well
  • Effective and forward looking with strategic vision
  • Ability to establish and build a strong, effective and constructive working relationship with the trustees and JBA Trust team
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties and responsibilities of trusteeship
Experience
  • We welcome applications from people with experience of research, engagement, communication, education or of working with the groups and people that we support
  • Experience of the management of risks in the water cycle or knowledge of how we deliver benefits
  • Experience of charity governance or charity operations is not essential
Knowledge and skills

Expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Engagement and science communication
  • Teaching and STEM education
  • Digital technologies, data management or data science
  • UK and international flood, coastal and water sector management
  • Hydrology and related natural science disciplines
  • Charity sector financing and grants

Practical details

Remuneration: The role of Trustee is voluntary and is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although reasonable expenses may be claimed in line with Charity Commission guidance:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/payments-to-charity-trustees-what-the-rules-are

Location: The JBA Trust office is located near Skipton, North Yorkshire. Two board meetings are held each year and may be attended virtually, though in-person attendance is preferred whenever possible.

Time commitment: Two board meetings per year (typically 1-3 hours per meeting) with opportunities for additional informal communications with other trustees and the JBA Trust team. Board members are also expected to review board papers in preparation for meetings.

Length of term: We hope that a trustee would be able to join us for at least three years, but there is no fixed term.

Eligibility: Applicants must be legally eligible to serve as a charity trustee in line with Charity Commission guidance (Trustee board: people and skills – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)). Additionally, the JBA Trust’s Articles of Association state that the number of trustees who are Connected to or employed by JBA Group Limited shall be less than one half of the total number of trustees appointed at any given time. (In this context, “Connected” means any individual who is a director, shadow director or associate of a company in accordance with section 252 of the Companies Act 2006.)

How to apply

Please apply by sending the following information to apply@jbatrust.org

  • CV or a link to current or previous positions held
  • Covering letter or email
  • Please include details of two referees. Please note that we will not approach referees without asking for your consent.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role please feel free to get in touch via apply@jbatrust.org

We aim to schedule interviews before April 2023. Interviews may be either online or in person.

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