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Trustee Vacancies

North Tyneside Learning Trust -School Governors

An initiative aimed at improving the education and life chances of young people in North Tyneside is seeking enthusiastic and committed volunteers to appoint to the governing bodies of some of the borough’s schools. A registered charity, the North Tyneside Learning Trust appoints two governors to each of the 43 separate local schools, and currently has several vacancies across primary, secondary and special schools.

Trust Governors have a broad range of different skills and expertise and the Trust is particularly keen to hear from individuals with finance, HR, property and facilities management backgrounds. If you are interested, or for further information please contact Jacqui Sugden at jacqui.sugden@ntlearningtrust.org.uk for an informal chat.

Trust Governor Application form

The Role of Trust Governor

June 2019 Vacancies


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Trustee Vacancy with North Tyneside VODA

Could you give a couple of hours per month to help support volunteers and community organisations to change lives in North Tyneside?

VODA believes in the power of volunteers and community organisations to change people’s lives for the better. A vibrant Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) helps makes North Tyneside a great place to live, work and visit. Local voluntary organisations work with some of our most marginalised communities, providing services that are responsive, innovative and user-led. The work of these organisations makes a significant contribution to key priorities such as health and wellbeing, democracy, the environment, employability and tackling loneliness.

VODA is an independent charity that supports over 300 VCS organisations across North Tyneside to maximise their impact by offering:

  • A range of free core services such as funding advice and volunteer recruitment
  • A vibrant programme of volunteering and social action programmes
  • Payroll and accountancy services
  • Opportunities for the VCS  to be involved in key decision-making forums
  • Mutually beneficial cross-sector partnerships

We currently have an elected Board of Trustees who meet on a bi-monthly basis (currently on a Tuesday afternoon) to shape the vision for our organisation,  ensuring we have a clear strategy, remains true to our vision and values, and that we comply with all necessary rules and legal obligations. Trustees are also welcome to attend our bi-monthly Finance Sub Group and our Annual General Meeting. On average we would expect Trustees to commit a couple of hours per month to this role. No previous experience is necessary. Induction, training and support is readily available from VODA staff and fellow-Trustees.

Becoming a Trustee is not only a great way to give back to your local community, but also provides an opportunity for you to develop your management and leadership skills and gain experience that can help you progress your professional career. It also allows you to gain new experiences and meet some fascinating people who you wouldn’t necessarily come across in other circumstances. You get the opportunity to attend events and develop working relationships with other professionals.

For more information about this role please contact our Chief Executive Robin Fry who will be happy to arrange an informal meeting to discuss things further.

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Chair of Trustees vacancy at YMCA North Tyneside

YMCA North Tyneside is a forward thinking and progressive local Charity with a strong sense of direction, dedicated staff and volunteer team and ambitions for the future. The current Chair is due to step down in September and so they are now looking for a strong strategic leader from outside their existing Board, to help them reach more people in the community and become increasingly resilient and sustainable for the future.


The Chair will lead a talented and highly engaged Board of Trustees and Leadership Team.


  • This is a non-executive role and the key mission is to foster what’s working well and push for continual evolution of services
  • The role is voluntary but the commitment is non-compromising. Applicants must offer reliability and consistency as a minimum 24 days a year.
  • Meetings will mainly take place in evenings and occasionally during working hours too.
  • You will ensure the Board is taking the controlling role, and will hold Board & Executive to account for arriving at Board meetings with fully formed recommendations to enable strategic & operational delivery to happen at pace.
  • You will develop strong networks throughout the area, to nurture new and existing working relationships.
  • You will provide a mentoring role to the CEO through regular meetings (virtual and face to face).
  • The culture of the Board is one of robust yet collegiate challenge and this has enabled the charity to make bolder business decisions. The Chair should encourage the continuation of this culture.

Minimum Candidate Requirements

  • Experience of chairing a board
  • Networker/ Relationship developer/experience in business partnering
  • Evidence of having nurtured/ scaled up/reoriented a business
  • A keen mentor/coach with a collaborative leadership style
  • Action-oriented and purposeful
  • Empathy towards the cause of young people
  • Lives by the Christian faith & values
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Meadow Well Connected seeking two new trustees

Meadow Well Connected works positively with our community by providing a safe, welcoming place where local residents can meet new people, make new friends and learn new skills, to help our community thrive.

  • Their three core strategic aims are:
  • To develop a sense of ownership of MWC amongst local residents through creative engagement, e.g. events, outreach work, community-led activities To provide inspiration and support for local people who wish to develop new skills and new ways of enriching their lives.
  • To strengthen and support the physical and social resilience of residents

The charity is entering it’s 25th year and is seeking to appoint two new trustees, ideally from the North Tyneside area. Specifically a Vice Chair and a Chair of Finance to complement the existing Board. These roles are voluntary, unpaid positions.

What will you do?

  • Drive the Charity’s successful achievement of its objects by providing advice to the Board using your own area of expertise
  • Ensure the governance of the Charity’s activities through overseeing daily activities and contributing to the strategic plan
  • Attend regular Board meetings (maximum 10 per year of approximately 2 hours’ duration)
  • Provide ongoing advice and support to the Board and Chief Officer in delivering both daily and strategic objects
  • Contribute to the strategic decision making of the Charity
  • Ensure the Charity operates ethically and complies with statutory requirements
  • Support Charity events both personally and through your network, to maximise impact within the community

What experience/skills do you need?

Vice Chair post:

Ideally, Board level or senior management experience in a public, private or third sector organisation

Finance Chair:

Professionally qualified Accountant, with several years’ post-qualifying experience

Why work with us?

  • The opportunity to join a dynamic board and gain some real board experience
  • A supportive environment in which to develop your personal and professional skills
  • The satisfaction of using your skills to give something of real value back to the community

Send your CV to mandi.cresswell@meadowwellconnected.org.uk.

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Dyslexia North East

Dyslexia North East – a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee which aims to support families with dyslexia, including adults and children, to enable them to achieve their full potential. Dyslexia North East seeks to promote knowledge, skills and understanding of dyslexia across the Community in Schools, Colleges and Businesses. They are seeking two new trustees:

  1. A trustee to help write funding bids and seek new donors. Must be degree educated with fundraising experience.
  2. A trustee to help and support teachers and train volunteers. Must be degree educated with a teaching qualification. AMBDA or similar. Knowledge of dyslexia.

The charity is looking for Trustees who are outward-looking and who understand about the importance of helping people with dyslexia and their families, and to improve their life opportunities in the community and the workplace.

Trustee meetings are held once a month at Royal Grammar Junior School, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RX.

If you are interested, please contact Dyslexia North East at their Office base in Meadow Well Connected, Waterville Road, North Shields NE29 6BA.


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Trustees wanted at Healthwatch North Tyneside

Healthwatch North Tyneside is the independent voice for users of health and social care services in North Tyneside. Healthwatch listens to people’s views and experiences, receives feedback about services and works with service providers and commissioners to better respond to people’s needs. Healthwatch is looking for new volunteers to join its board of trustees. As a trustee you will play a vital role in setting the direction of the organisation, overseeing its work and working with health and social care providers to improve services.

Do you:

  • Live, work or use health or social care services in North Tyneside?
  • Want to help improve people’s experiences of health and social care in the borough?
  • Feel passionate about service user involvement?
  • Have skills, knowledge and experience to help us thrive as an independent organisation?
  • Have at least 3 hours a month to commit to this role?

As a trustee you will play a vital role in setting the direction, overseeing activities and working with health and social care providers to improve services. The trustee role is voluntary. The time commitment can vary depending on what activities you get involved in.

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Trustees Wanted at the Soundroom

The Soundroom is seeking trustees with skills and experience in one or more of the following areas: youth work, human resources, finance and financial management, safeguarding, marketing, building maintenance. A passion for community work, an interest in music and a knowledge of the Gateshead area, particularly Teams and Bensham are also desirable.

Based in a converted 1930s local library building between the areas of Bensham and Teams in Gateshead, The Soundroom is a community music studio which offers music and arts activities for a range of participants. The programme includes drum therapy and music café sessions for adults with learning disabilities, after school performing arts sessions for children, weekly youth night sessions, tea dances for older people, holiday activities for children and volunteering opportunities. The Soundroom also provides affordable venue hire, rehearsal space and recording facilities for other community groups and the general public.

Trustees meet once a month, usually on a Monday night, for 2 hours. Trustees are expected to attend these meetings as well as The Soundroom’s AGM, which usually takes place instead of one of the Monday night meetings.

The duties of the trustees are to:

  • Ensure that The Soundroom complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensure that The Soundroom pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • Ensure The Soundroom applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects
  • Contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to The Soundroom, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguard the good name and values of The Soundroom
  • Ensure the financial stability of The Soundroom
  • Protect and manage the property of The Soundroom and ensure the proper investment of The Soundroom’s funds

Trustees are expected to have:

  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Integrity
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • A willingness to speak their mind
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of The Soundroom

To apply for the role of trustee please send your CV to thesoundroomcharity@hotmail.com along with a short cover letter explaining what skills and experience you could bring and why you’d like to be a trustee. Find out more here.

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