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What we're looking for in our two new Trustees

Our experienced and skilled group of Trustees is a significant asset to Dogs Trust.

The culture around the table is appreciative and collaborative: we listen well, we are respectful, and we always remember that we are playing our discrete part in overseeing an extremely well-led and highly regarded organisation. Our Trustees contribute across a much broader set of skills and insights than solely their professional background, and we expect that our two new Trustees will bring a similarly wide-ranging profile.

You will need a sophisticated grasp of governance, whether in the commercial or third sector, a detailed understanding of both business and charities, and a warm appreciation of what we do. Existing committee experience is highly desirable. We are also looking for an outgoing, engaging style, and a willingness to act as an ambassador and occasional speaker on behalf of Dogs Trust.

Role focus

One role will contribute across the full range of issues covered by our Finance and General Purposes Committee, and candidates are likely to bring an impressive track record in a relevant setting. Strong at fundamental finance oversight, including risk management and audit, you will enhance the collective financial insight and capacity of the board.

The second role is likely to have more of a general management profile, potentially with experience gained in a major commercial enterprise. This could be FMCG, services, manufacturing or another complex blue-chip setting; the key skillset will include high-level leadership, business acumen, and innovation. Strategic, yet with an instinctively entrepreneurial mindset and ready to take 'good risks', you will have led effectively through structural and sectoral change, and a sophisticated grasp of customer psychology would be a definite asset.

General considerations

For either role, outstanding candidates will also bring strengths in one or more of the following specific areas:

  • The ability to work constructively as part of a board to provide expert strategic input, challenge, and advice to continually improve the charity’s governance and processes.
  • Excellent listening skills and the ability to ask pragmatic questions.
  • Good understanding and interest in the challenges and opportunities faced by charities.
  • A good understanding of the role of a Trustee as set out by the Charity Commission (link) with an appreciation of the distinction between the roles of the executive and non-executive.

Appointments would be made on an initial three-year term, with the option to extend for two further terms following successful conclusion of the first term.

We would particularly welcome interest from candidates who bring backgrounds or personal perspectives which could enrich the current composition of our Council. This could include (but isn’t limited to) age, socio-economic or demographic circumstances, a minoritised ethnicity, sex or gender.