Trustee

1. Job Purpose

We are recruiting for a Trustee to join our Board. We are specifically looking for a Trustee who is politically aware, has a strong understanding of the political landscape which the Foundation operates in, and ideally has strong connections within local or central government. You will have a genuine commitment to the Foundation’s core purpose of helping young south Londoners grow through sport and be prepared and able to proactively apply your expertise to support the growth and development of the Foundation in line with charity sector best practice. The role is for an initial three-year term.

2. About Palace for Life Foundation

The Palace for Life Foundation is the official charity of Crystal Palace FC. Our mission is to help young South Londoners grow through the power of sport, inspiring them to find a better path in life, for a better life. We believe that everyone matters, irrespective of race, religion, beliefs or background. Our ambition is to be recognised as the charity of choice for Crystal Palace fans, the foremost youth development organisation in south London and amongst the most pioneering football community foundations in the UK.

We cover a broad spectrum, from football sessions for young people with a disability, to innovative youth development programmes in local schools and colleges. Targeting young people in areas of deprivation and at the most risk, we offer free sessions in sport and other activities, alongside pastoral support, to instil positive values and help prepare our participants for a better life. We have strong connections within the local community and businesses and run programmes designed to equip young people with the skills they need to start thinking about their future careers.

The Foundation’s CEO is supported by a strong Senior Management Team who together have responsibility for a staff team of over 45 full time and 60 part time coaches, youth workers and trainers.

3. The Board of Trustees

Chaired by Ed Warner, our Foundation is governed by a Board of 10 Trustees who are drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds and who each have unique skills and expertise which they share for the benefit of the Foundation’s future. This follows an extensive Trustee recruitment process which took place in 2017 following a Skills Audit.

Trustees are required to commit to attending Board Meetings which take place four times a year and are actively engaged in supporting the Foundation in between meetings. Trustees may also be required to be members of relevant sub-committees and must be willing to commit time to facilitate and attend specific meetings.  The Board are working towards compliance with all three tiers of the Sport England Code of Governance. This includes a target of 30% for gender equality and promoting the diversity of board arrangements in terms ethnicity, disability and representation from LGBT+ communities.

4. General responsibilities of the Board of Trustees

  • Providing strategic direction for the Foundation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • Ensuring that the Foundation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • Making sure that Foundation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document and its governance policy.
  • Providing oversight and challenge for the Foundation’s Safeguarding arrangements for Children and Vulnerable Adults.
  • Providing oversight to ensure the financial stability of the Foundation.
  • Protecting and managing the property of the Foundation and to ensure the proper investment of the Foundation’s funds.
  • To appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor their performance.

5. Experience and knowledge required

  • Significant experience of operating in a political environment with strong connections in local, central government and the GLA.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the structures and workings of local and central government, including the Greater London Authority.
  • Able to demonstrate mature relationships and networks at a political and public policy level.
  • Understanding of key policy agendas such as employment, youth development, community safety, education, health and equality, diversity and inclusion.

6. Key personal qualities

  • Commitment to the Foundation and willingness to devote the time and effort to make the Foundation the best in its sector.
  • Strategic vision.
  • Independent and impartial judgement.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Strong presentation, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Diplomacy
  • Commitment to equality of opportunity.
  • A passion for football and Crystal Palace FC is desirable but not essential.

7. How to Apply

Please forward a copy of your CV and a covering letter to DuncanRobinson@Palaceforlife.org

Closing date for applications 5pm on Friday 19th June 2020.

A small number of shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview with the Chair and CEO via video conference in the week commencing 29th June 2020.

How to apply:

Please forward a copy of your CV and a covering letter to Duncan Robinson – DuncanRobinson@Palaceforlife.org

Closing date for applications 5pm on Friday 19th June 2020.

A small number of shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview with the Chair and CEO via video conference in the week commencing 29th June 2020.