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  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • East Lothian
  • Closing 29th May 2023

  • Advertised from 2nd May 2023


The East Lothian Foodbank is looking to recruit an individual to join its board of volunteer trustees as Chair

What is the East Lothian Foodbank?

The East Lothian Foodbank is part of a network of 1200 foodbanks operating across the UK, under the umbrella of the Trussell Trust. We provide emergency food and other services to families experiencing food poverty across the whole of East Lothian, operating alongside multiple partner agencies and utilising a team of wonderful volunteers/employees.

What does the ideal candidate look like?

Your skills brought from your own life and work experience will be invaluable in driving the Board to ensure efficient and effective governance in order to support the paid staff and volunteer teams to develop the work of the Foodbank. You will have proven experience of being an independent and strong leader, able to get the most of your teams, able to successfully mediate between differences of opinion, whilst always acting with respect, compassion and integrity. You will have an understanding of the distinctive nature of the charitable sector and a passion for the eradication of food poverty and its underlying causes.

What does the role involve?

You will join the board of trustees as Chair for a three-year unpaid term, chairing monthly meetings to oversee the governance, strategy and funding of East Lothian Foodbank. As Chair, you will be comfortable representing the Food Bank as required, ensuring compliance with the charity’s constitution and applicable legal requirements and ensuring that charity resources are always used responsibility and in a manner consistent with the Foodbank’s objectives. In consultation with the rest of the board, you will be responsible for recruiting new trustees and supporting the manager to employ new staff with relevant skills and experience. You will ensure the board meets with the appropriate frequency, delegating tasks and ensuring that all board decisions are recorded and implemented in a clear and transparent manner.

Application notes

How do I apply?

Please email by Monday 29th May 2023 with a short introductory paragraph outlining your background and what you think you would bring to the role. Please be sure to mention any specific skills/experiences that you think are important. We are keen to consider applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.