Notice of Election of Trustees 2020

The Minster Centre is seeking up to five Independent Trustees. An election of Trustees for the Centre will take place between 27th November and 11th December 2020.

The Board of Trustees has responsibility for making sure the Minster Centre delivers its charitable objectives and deciding overall how the charity is run. They take an overview of our strategic direction, finances and operations. The Board meets at least 4 times a year on Friday evenings. There is also at least one full day meeting usually on a Saturday in June.

Additional work on specialist working groups or committees may also be undertaken, depending on Trustees’ personal interests, experience and availability. Trustees normally serve for a term of three years in the first instance but can stand for re-election up to a maximum of nine years.

Under the provisions of our governing document the Board can consist of a minimum of 7 trustees and a maximum of 14 made up of 11 independent Trustees (not staff or students) elected by Minster Centre Alumni, a member of staff elected by the staff, and a student on a course at The Minster Centre extending over more than one year elected by students attending a course at The Minster Centre extending over more than one year, and the Director.  Staff and student trustees were elected last year and are not due for re-election.

We started 2020 with 10 independent trustees.  At this election, four independent Trustees, Nick Carley (current Chair), Malcolm Couldridge (current Vice-Chair) Judith Burnett and David Collins will stand for re-election.  We are therefore seeking further nominations for independent Trustees.

If you are interested in serving as a Trustee you don’t need to have any particular previous experience but you do need to be interested and committed to seeing The Minster Centre continue to thrive and develop.  You can contribute by offering your perspective as a practicing psychotherapist or counsellor or by drawing on your skills and experience from other fields.

The Centre has a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and would like this to be more fully represented in the composition of its Board of Trustees.  We would particularly welcome applications from people from black and minority ethnic communities, the LGBT+ community, care leavers and from disabled people.

The Board has also identified that Trustees who can bring skills and experience in fundraising, property (law and leases & acquisition), online schools/IT expertise or diversity would be particularly helpful.

It is not necessary to have trained at The Minster Centre in order to be an independent Trustee.

Deadline for Nominations: Nominations must be received by noon on the 25th November 2020.

Existing Trustees and members of the Minster Centre can nominate independent candidates and should use the nomination form (downloadable below). Nominees will need to send a brief CV and a statement of why they wish to be elected as a Trustee (maximum two sides of A4).  Please submit your documents in Microsoft Word.

Please note that these documents will be circulated to members as part of the voting process and will also be available on our website until the election closes. Voting will start on the 27th of November and close on the 11th December.

For further information about the role of a trustee, and how to make a nomination, please download the Trustee Pack below for more information.

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee but have no current connection with the Minster Centre please contact Justine Walsh ([email protected]) or 020 7644 6255 by 18th November.

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