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FNF Trustees

The list of desired skills below has been identified by the board to strengthen the skillset held collectively by the Board, and that is appropriate to our national charity. It is not mandatory, however, and a trustee candidate may not have any of the desired skills listed and may have other skills and knowledge that would benefit the Board as well as having the time to commit to the charity.

The legal requirement to become a trustee are that you are not legally barred for holding such a post, you have been correctly proposed and you are willing to hold the post.

Anyone wanting more information should contact the Company Secretary.

The board would welcome interest from people who have the time to participate at least 1-2 days a month as well as offering one or more of the following:

1. Is a partner in a law firm or an experienced family court lawyer.

2. Has a network and close relationships with a celebrity group of contacts who could enhance the FNF profile and standing.

3. Has experience over a number of years of successfully building commercial enterprises from start-up positions to a turnover of £1 million plus.

4. Is a former or current MP or a former senior civil servant acting in a department that deals in family matters, family law, health or education or other relevant areas at a senior level.

5. Has proven experience in public relations, news or media at a national level.

6. Has substantial commercial or larger scale charity marketing or fundraising experience and is a member of the Institute of Marketing or another nationally recognised professional body.

7. Has professional experience and a good track record of Fundraising or of PR and national or high-profile media and communication skills.

8. Has demonstrable experience of successfully lobbying and achieving legislative or social change.

9. Has professional finance and/or governance skills.

Please note that it is not necessary for a Trustee to be a member of FNF – rather that they bring relevant skills and experience and can devote adequate time to the role.

Trustees need to be able to devote a reasonable amount of their free time to helping with the governance and development of the charity. This will involve participating in 6 - 8 evening meetings a year (usually by Skype), attending an Annual General Meeting, also contributing to development of our activities by taking on specific projects in their own time and contributing to the work of sub-committees that focus on the services we offer. This includes fundraising, marketing, campaigning, governance, etc. The role of Trustees is to develop policies and ensure that the charity complies with legal requirements (for more details please see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3).

Please note that the Board is open to nomination of potential Trustees at all times, not just at AGMs. The Board can co-opt new Trustee candidates which it feels are suitable on to the Board in between AGMs. This gives additional opportunities for the Board and prospective Trustees to work together pending their confirmation by election at AGMs.

If you are interested, please contact us on admin@fnf.org.uk.

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