Bath Rugby Foundation

Become a trustee of the charitable arm of Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby Foundation is the charitable arm of Bath Rugby Club set up to empower young people in Bath and surrounding areas to succeed. We use the values of rugby to inspire young people to create a better future for themselves. Our focus is on improving Health, Education, Employability and Inclusion in the West Country.

Our programmes are tailored to use sport to build confidence, and empower participants to live successful, happy and healthy lives. Our coaches are not just sports coaches, they are mentors. They give dedicated support to motivate, raise self-esteem, increase confidence and improve life skills. Each session combines physical activity with education sessions to change the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community.

We are the charitable arm of Bath Rugby Club, formed out of its desire to give back to the community. The Foundation is financially independent, self funding and separately governed, but we work together to use the glamour of the Club to create a legacy, and a lasting positive change in the community.

The charity is well established and we are looking for four new trustees to focus on four key areas – education, fundraising, health and a treasurer trustee.

You would be joining an established, professional team responsible for leading the delivery, fundraising, finance and communications of the charity throughout Bath, North East Somerset and Wiltshire.

The Bath Rugby Foundation board seeks to maintain a membership that has a wide-ranging level of experience so that the Board has the skills and experience to draw upon in its governance and decision-making roles.

Effective trustee boards need a range of people with a good mix of skills. The best boards are also diverse, with people who have specialist knowledge of the sector in which they operate and others with good financial, business and management experience. The rewards gained from working with and learning from people with a range of backgrounds and skills are great.

Trustees are responsible for their actions to the Board of Trustees, the key Stakeholders and the Foundation team.

Areas of responsibility

The duties of a trustee are to:

  • Ensure that the Foundation complies with its governing, organisation law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • Ensure that the Foundation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document.
  • Ensure that the Foundation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives. i.e. the organisation must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those objectives are.
  • Contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, agreeing targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • Represent the Foundation at functions and meetings as appropriate.
  • Declare any conflict of interest when carrying out the duties as a trustee.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Foundation.
  • Abide by an equal opportunities policy
  • Ensure the financial stability of the Foundation.
  • Protect and manage the property of the Foundation and to ensure the proper investment of the Foundation’s funds.
  • Make sure that the Foundation is properly insured against all reasonable liabilities.
  • Attend meetings and to read papers in advance of meetings
  • Participate in other tasks that arise from time to time, such as interviewing new staff
  • Keep informed about the activities of the Foundation and wider issues which affect its work.
  • Support the Foundation through networking their own links and contacts.

In addition to the statutory duties of all trustees, each trustee should use any specific knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This will involve scrutinizing board papers, leading discussions, focussing on key issues, and providing advice and guidance requested by the board on new initiatives, or other issues relevant to the area of the organisations work in which the trustee has special expertise. (A Job Description is available for every individual trustee on the board specifying specific skills and experience required for their position)

Board structure

The board of trustees consists of:

  •   Chairman of Trustees*
  •   Trustee responsible for Finance (Treasurer)
  •   Trustee responsible for Fundraising and Impact (one or two depending on skillset and experience)
  •   Trustee responsible for Operations and Programme Delivery (Education)
  •   Trustee responsible for Operations and Programme Delivery (Health)
  •   Trustee responsible for Human Resources and Organisation Development
  •   Trustee representing Bath Rugby Club
  •   Trustee representing the Bath Rugby Club Owner.

*The Chairman is an elected post. The Chairman is elected by the members of the Board of Trustees.

Personal Profile

Each Trustee must have:

  • Integrity
  • The specific knowledge, skills and  experience to undertake their specific role.
  • A commitment to Bath Rugby Foundation and its objectives
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Strategic vision
  • Good independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Experience of setting targets and evaluating performance and programmes in a commercial or not for profit organisation
  • An understanding of and an ability to interpret financial control documentation.

Time Commitment

Trustees must be willing to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties. These will include attendance at four trustee board meetings a year plus a commitment to give further time as specified in the Job Description relating to each trustee’s role.

Tenure

Trustees are elected for a period of three years after which they may seek re-election.

The maximum period a Trustee may serve on the Foundation’s Board is three sets of three years.

For further information about the position please download the information pack by clicking this link

Information pack

For more information about becoming the Foundation’s Education Trustee click here

For more information about becoming the Foundation’s Health Trustee click here

For more information about becoming the Foundation’s Fundraising Trustee click here

For more information about becoming the Foundation’s Treasurer Trustee click here

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