Trustee

Unremunerated (reasonable expenses paid)

The opportunity:

As a member of the Board of Trustees/Directors to participate fully in the governance of the charity, sharing your skills, knowledge and experience to help develop and deliver the charity’s strategy and achieve the charity’s vision.

All Trustees/Directors are expected to attend Board meetings which take place approximately 4 times a year. Some Trustees/Directors also serve on sub committees and represent the charity at a variety of events.

We are currently looking for Trustees with fundraising skills, in particular corporate fundraising.

The Trustee will have:

  • a commitment to the organisation
  • a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • strategic vision
  • ability to take decisions for the good of the organisation
  • a good, independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • willingness to speak one’s mind and listen to the views of others
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • good communication skills
  • tact and diplomacy
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team

General Responsibilities of a Trustee:

In addition to the responsibilities already outlined each Trustee has the following general responsibilities:

  • ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuing its objectives
  • 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
  • safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
  • declare any conflict of interest while carrying out the duties of a Trustee
  • be collectively responsible for the actions of the organisation and other Trustees
  • ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
  • ensure the financial stability of the organisation and to help advise in the proper investment of the organisation's funds
  • to help advise in the management of the property of the organisation
  • to attend meetings and read papers in advance of meetings
  • to attend sub-committee meetings as appropriate
  • to participate in other tasks as they arise from time to time
  • to keep informed about the activities of the organisation and wider issues which affect its work

In addition to these duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This will involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, 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 organisation's work in which the Trustee has special expertise.

Time Consideration:

  • The Board meets at least 4 times a year, mostly in London, but sometimes in Maidenhead and the Summer meeting is held at our Annual Scientific Conference.  
  • In addition to Board Meetings, other contact – usually electronic or by telephone – will be necessary.
  • The time commitment for a Trustee can vary, but is around 1 day per month, on average

About us:

HEART UK is a registered charity with the Charity Commission (registered charity number 1003904) and as a company limited by guarantee with the Registrar of Companies (registered company number 02631049).  We are governed by our Articles of Association.  HEART UK is an acronym, for Hyperlipidaemia, Education and Atherosclerosis Research Trust UK.

We are legally a membership organisation, our members are our Trustees, Committee/Working Group Members and a small number of other members.  Our members vote on all Trustee appointments.

HEART UK’s Vision

  • To prevent premature deaths caused by high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.
  • To promote the view of ‘knowledge of your number’ so that the majority of UK adults know and understand their cholesterol concentration and to take action where appropriate.
  • To educate the public about other problems of high blood fats and their relationships to cardiovascular disease.
  • To educate and correctly inform healthcare professionals about the relationships of blood fats and cardiovascular disease.

What we do:

Raised lipid concentrations are a problem in the UK and 6 in 10 adults have raised cholesterol.  Between 120,000 and 300,000 people have a high cholesterol caused by a condition called Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH), which means they are at risk of a heart attack, stroke or sudden death at an earlier age including those in their 20s, 30s or 40s.  At present only 15% of FH cases are identified, so 85% of the cases remain unknown.

We provide:

  • A helpline through a number of communication channels
  • Information on our website (www.heartuk.org.uk) and literature
  • Support through our helpline and Ambassadors
  • Education, including our annual scientific conference and patient/community events
  • Campaign for improved identification and standard of care including activities around the need for a national FH cascade screening service.

Contact for discussion:

Jules Payne
Chief Executive
01628 777046
07920 804905

jp@heartuk.org.uk