Role Description

The Board of Trustees has responsibility for the proper governance of the organisation, determining St Mungo’s strategy and direction and monitoring performance and risk.

The operational management of St Mungo’s is delegated by the Board to the Chief Executive and the Executive Team. In addition to the Chief Executive, the Executive Team comprises the Executive Director of Services (Housing and Support); Strategy & Policy; Finance & IT; People & Governance; Development (Fundraising, Communications & New Business).

The Board has ultimate responsibility for all aspects of St Mungo’s work. It chooses to delegate some of its authority to staff via the Executive Team, but the legal responsibility remains with the Board.

The Board as a whole has direct responsibility for the future strategic direction of the organisation. The essential functions of the Board are:

  • Setting and ensuring compliance with the values, vision, mission and strategic objectives of the Association, ensuring its long-term success;
  • Setting a positive culture, with a strong customer focus;
  • Ensuring that the organisation operates effectively, efficiently and economically;
  • Providing oversight, direction and constructive challenge to the Chief Executive and the Executive Directors;
  • The appointment and, if necessary, the dismissal of the Chief Executive;
  • Satisfying itself as to the integrity of financial information, approving each year’s budget, business plan and annual accounts prior to publication;
  • Establishing, overseeing and reviewing a framework of delegation and systems of internal control;
  • Establishing and overseeing a risk management framework in order to safeguard the assets and reputation of the organisation;
  • Establishing a framework for approving and reviewing strategies, policies and delivery plans;
  • Establishing a framework for monitoring performance and ensuring that action plans are in place to address any areas of under-performance;
  • Reviewing regulatory assessments, viability reviews, regulatory submissions and agreeing any associated responses;
  • Approving policies and / or decisions on matters that create significant financial or other risk to the organisation, or that raise material issues of principle; and
  • Adopting a Code of Governance and ensuring that the Association is compliant with it.

The current Board consists of: Robert Napier CBE (Chair), Sir Leigh Lewis (Vice Chair), Tracy Allison, Rolande Anderson, Yvonne Arrowsmith, Alexandra Beidas, Daniel Corry, Tim Gadd, John Maxted, Dr Helen Walters and John Watts. Our Chief Executive is Howard Sinclair.

Key objectives of the role

  • Take responsibility with the rest of the Board for governance of the organisation.
  • Ensure that all of St Mungo’s activities ultimately further the interests of our beneficiaries and the future sustainability of the charity.
  • Support the Chief Executive and the Executive Team achieve the aims and strategy of the organisation.
  • Ensure that effective and productive relationships exist between the Board and all partners and stakeholders.

Specific responsibilities of Trustees

  • Attend meetings of the Board and, in conjunction with other members make decisions on matters relating to the strategy, policy, financing, functioning, and monitoring of St Mungo’s.
  • In addition, each Trustee is encouraged to serve on one of the Committees.
  • Read thoroughly in advance of meetings all papers sent out for discussion, and prepare ideas and contributions accordingly.
  • Participate in the work of specialist panels and working groups of the Board and other identified projects/activities, subject to your own availability and your nomination by the main Board (you would not be nominated unless you volunteered). 
  • Take an active interest and familiarise yourself with the range of activities and services provided by St Mungo’s.
  • Visit St Mungo’s projects and services from time to time to assist with client involvement.
  • Participate in recruitment for the posts of Trustee, Chief Executive and Executive Directors, including serving on interview panels.
  • Be prepared to use your range of contacts and acquaintances to promote the work of St Mungo’s. On occasion this may, subject to agreement, involve representing St Mungo’s at public or media events, or leading on an aspect of fundraising.
  • Ongoing support of and liaison with, the Chief Executive.
  • Participate in arrangements to appraise the performance of the Chief Executive and to determine the remuneration of the Chief Executive and other senior staff.
  • Participate in arrangements for assessment and appraisal of the performance of the Board, and that of individual Trustees.
  • Conduct higher level hearings in accordance with St Mungo’s formal procedures, e.g. disciplinary and grievance hearings in relation to the Chief Executive and Executive Team; appeal hearings in the case of dismissal of senior staff.
  • Follow St Mungo’s Diversity & Equality Policy and Codes of Practice at all times in your carrying out of the above duties; monitor the implementation of the Policy and Codes within St Mungo’s; and contribute to the furtherance of diversity and equalities practice within St Mungo’s.
  • Undertake any development activity identified as necessary to support performance in the carrying out of the above responsibilities (any training to be arranged by St Mungo’s staff and paid for by St Mungo’s).

To Top