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Are you passionate about mental health and wellbeing?
LawCare are recruiting up to three new trustees to strengthen our board and develop our work in supporting and promoting mental health and wellbeing in the legal community. It is an exciting time to join the LawCare board as awareness about why mental health matters in the legal community is significantly growing.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for trustees with the time and energy to devote to LawCare; a strong commitment to the value of mental health and wellbeing is essential. You will play a vital role in providing leadership, scrutiny and support to ensure delivery of our mission.
We are particularly interested in hearing from people with skills and experience in at least one of the following areas:
However we are keen to hear from anyone who has the skills and expertise to take on this role and would like to work with us to embed positive approaches to mental health and wellbeing in the legal community.
Please send a copy of your CV and a personal statement (no more than 1 page of A4) setting out why you would like to join the LawCare board highlighting your relevant skills and experience to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday September 3.
All applications will be considered by the appointments committee, interviews will be held in October, following which the appointments committee will recommend final candidates to the board for appointment. New trustees will take up the role as of January 1 2019.
Trustees are appointed for a four year term, which can be renewed for a further four years.
LawCare Trustee role description
The trustees are responsible for controlling the administration and management of LawCare. They ensure that LawCare’s income from donors is safeguarded and applied for the charitable purposes as set out in the objects of LawCare. The trustees must always act in the best interests of LawCare, exercising the same duty of care that a prudent person of business would in looking after the affairs of someone for whom he/she had responsibility. The trustees must act as a group and not as individuals.
Statutory Duties of a Trustee
Minimum time commitment
Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings. Board meetings are held four times a year during normal office hours and last for approximately three and half hours. Occasionally one meeting will be allotted to strategic planning and can last a whole day. Meetings are usually in London but may take place in other locations occasionally.
Papers are distributed at least one week in advance of meetings.
Trustees can claim out of pocket expenses incurred in travelling to meetings or on other LawCare business.
Trustees are invited to LawCare events.
The Board collectively needs knowledge, skills and experience in:
Trustee Recruitment Policy
Policy on the selection and appointment of new trustees to the board of LawCare Ltd (registered charity number 1061685 and SCO 39335 (“the Charity”) adopted by the Board on November 30 2017.
The board, having considered the terms of Articles 22 and of the Charity and noted that :
And DECIDED to adopt the following policy on the future selection and appointment of trustees.
This policy shall apply from and after November 30 2017 to any appointment of a new trustee or re-appointment of an existing trustee at the conclusion of his or her term of office unless the trustees consider that the circumstances are such, in a particular case, that it is expedient in the interests of LawCare to proceed in some other way.
The board will establish an Appointments Committee (“the Committee”) for the purposes of:
The appointments committee will include one trustee from each jurisdiction and will be a subcommittee of the Board.
3. In performing its functions, the Committee shall have regard to:
4. Subject to the matters mentioned in paragraph 3, the Committee shall have regard to, but not be bound by, any views which may be expressed by any professional organisation which contributes to the finances of LawCare.
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