Trustee Vacancy


Carers Support Merton supports unpaid Carers from the age of five living in LB Merton. We are seeking enthusiastic and motivated trustees to help lead the charity through its next stage of development.  


What will you do?


Being a Trustee involves ensuring that Carers Support Merton fulfils its objective to support unpaid carers. 

The Board of Trustees are jointly and severally responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, its financial health, the probity of its activities and in developing the organisations aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

The responsibilities and duties are:

  1. To ensure that the charity complies with its memorandum and articles of association, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  2. To ensure that the charity pursues its charitable objects as defined in is memorandum of association.
  3. To ensure the charity applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives, i.e. the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are.
  4. To contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  5. To safeguard the good name and values of the charity.
  6. To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity.
  7. To ensure the financial stability of the charity.
  8. To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
  9. To appoint the chief executive and monitor his or her performance.
  10. In addition to the above statutory duties of all trustees, each trustee should use any specific knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions, focusing on key issues, and providing advice and guidance requested by the board on new initiatives, or other issues relevant to the area of the charity’s work in which the trustee has special expertise.

Our Trustees can expect a time commitment of approximately 40 hours per year, generally made up of the following:

  • 4 board meetings & 4 sub-committee meetings (held in Mitcham)
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Annual Board Away day for strategic planning
  • Attendance at ad hoc fundraising and awareness-raising events

It will also be necessary to read and review documents in between and prior to meetings.

We are currently particularly interested in individuals who can bring expertise in business development/strategy, digital strategy, marketing & communications, social media strategy, fundraising and legal matters to complement the skills of our current trustees.  However, we welcome trustees who can show a commitment to helping to improve services for unpaid carers, and can offer skills and experience in ANY of these areas: experience of caring, human resources, campaigning, education, social care, safeguarding, general management, project management or financial management.  


What difference will you make?

You’ll be joining a dedicated and friendly group of trustees with a diverse range of skills and backgrounds. We have recently secured renewal of our Local Authority contract for delivery of adult services for the next three years which offers us a period of stability in which to move forwards with our new strategic plan and fundraising strategy.  You will have the opportunity to use your skills and experience to help strengthen this small local charity so it can further diversify its income in order continue to exist to provide vital services for unpaid carers in Merton.


Whats in it for you?

This is a great opportunity to gain insight into the running of a charity, to learn from trustees with other expertise, whilst at the same time make a real difference to the lives of unpaid carers of all ages. 


Contact CEO Tracy Weight on 020 8646 7515 [email protected] for an informal discussion in the first instance.  If we decide to progress then you will need to complete an application form and have an informal meeting with the Chair of the Board and/or a small panel of existing trustees.

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