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Trustees Vacancy – Oxford House, Bethnal Green

Oxford House is refreshing its Board of Trustees as it embarks on a new phase of its evolution.

About Oxford House

After a successful £3million fundraising campaign, Oxford House is reopening with a new café, a gallery, a theatre and a restored 19th Century chapel. Established in 1884 as the first ‘settlement house’ to promote education and alleviate the impact of poverty in the East End, Oxford House has always had the local community at its heart and will be home to 30 small businesses and charities. Our refurbished building will re-open in June with an exciting programme of arts and heritage activities. We are committed to equal opportunities and having diverse board.

About the Role

Oxford House has small team of dedicated trustees who have worked with the CEO to raise money to restore the building and to think hard about the organisation’s purpose and context in a fast changing community.  We are particularly interested in recruiting a trustee with the skills and commitment to undertake the role of treasurer, but we have space to recruit good candidates who may have the following expertise:

  • Finance (Treasurer)
  • Building/Commercial/tenancies
  • Fundraising – grant and private giving
  • Arts/Cultural Programming
  • Communities of Bethnal Green/East London

The Board meets once every 2 months (6.00-7.30 pm) at Oxford House, usually Mondays.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 9am May 15th 2019. If you would like to apply, please send your CV and covering letter to

Your cover letter should highlight your interest in Oxford House and motivation for joining our Board. Please also detail your availability and relevant experience.

Job Description

Statutory Duties of a Trustee

  • Ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • Ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document.
  • Ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives: the organisation must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are.
  • Contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • Safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
  • Ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
  • Protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
  • Appoint the senior management team and monitor their performance.

Other Duties

In addition to the above statutory duties:

  • Scrutinising board papers.
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives.
  • Representing the charity to external stakeholders and/ or donors.
  • Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Other Responsibilities

  • Maintain oversight of responsible use of the charity’s resources and ensure long term financial sustainability of the organisation.
  • Ensure that strategic and operational risks are managed effectively.
  • Act as an advocate and be one of the public faces of the organisation.
  • Support senior staff by providing expertise to support work on our strategy, development and operations.
  • Identify funding/building opportunities and assist with developing relationships with existing and potential funders.