Project Overview
The members of the board of directors have an overall responsibility for Action 21’s statutory and contractual legal and financial duties, management arrangements and promoting good practice arising from company law and formal guidance.

Volunteer tasks
As a trustee, you will be working as part of a team of board members on the following tasks and duties:

  • Set and maintain vision, mission and values
  • Develop strategy
  • Establish and monitor policies
  • Set up employment procedures
  • Ensure compliance with governing document
  • Ensure accountability
  • Ensure compliance with the law
  • Maintain proper fiscal oversight
  • Select, manage and support the chief executive
  • Respect the role of staff
  • Maintain effective board performance
  • Promote the organisation.

Skills/previous experience sought
Expertise in a field relevant to the management and direction of Action 21.  Areas include:

  • Business development
  • Marketing & communications
  • Human resources
  • Volunteer management
  • Re-use
  • Sustainable energy
  • Sustainable transport
  • Sustainable food production
  • Education / skills.

In the respected, recognised and responsible role of trustee, you will have an excellent opportunity to apply your skills, gain more experience at strategic level and get involved with new networks and people. You will have the opportunity to make a significant difference to a cause you care about, to assist Action 21 with high priority work, and to use your existing skills and experience to make a positive difference in the community.

Time commitment required

  • The minimum commitment for this post is four hours per month, including one monthly meeting. You will be required to attend one training session/away day per year.
  • Becoming an Action 21 trustee entails providing a strategic lead, which is not compatible with short-term involvement. We do not wish to be prescriptive about the length of commitment, however we suggest you do not take on this role unless you feel you can commit for at least 1-3 years.


  • Home working and community meeting rooms, with occasional meetings at Action 21’s offices at the Re-Useful Centre.

Training and expenses

  • Appropriate training for the role of Trustee will be provided. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Procedure for new trustees to join the Action 21 Board of Trustees

  • New person expresses interest or is approached and talks through responsibilities with Action 21 Manager
  • Candidate is given supporting information, to include information about Action 21, trustee responsibilities and a volunteer role description
  • Candidate attends an initial meeting of the Board of Trustees to see if there is a mutual common understanding. At this stage the board and the candidate should discuss the person’s area of interest, and in which areas they might contribute
  • If the candidate is still interested, they write a letter of application addressed to the chairperson, outlining their interest in the work of Action 21, and what they feel they can contribute
  • The board then considers this letter at the next meeting and takes a vote to decide whether or not the person joins
  • The candidate is then co-opted onto the board and is voted on formally at the AGM
  • The candidate signs up formally as a volunteer, in line with Action 21’s volunteering procedure
  • The candidate fills out form 288a and registers as a non-executive director of Action 21 with Companies House.

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