Overall Purpose of the Our Barn Charity Trustees

The trustee board is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

The trustee board comprises:

  • The chair
  • The treasurer
  • Up to five appointed trustees, one of whom will be the vice-chair

At its simplest, the role of the trustee board is to receive assets from donors, safeguard them and apply them for the charitable purposes as declared in the objects of OBC. The trustee board must always act in the best interests of OBC, exercising the same duty of care that a prudent person of business would in looking after the affairs of someone for whom they had responsibility. The trustee board must act as a group and not as individuals.

Your role will include:

  • Ensuring that the charity and its representatives function within the legal and regulatory framework of the sector and in line with the organisation’s governing document, continually striving for best practice in governance.
  • Ensuring that OBC pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
  • Ensuring that OBC applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects – it must not spend money on activities which are not included in the objects, no matter how worthwhile they may be.
  • Contributing actively to the board’s role in giving firm strategic direction to OBC, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of OBC
  • Ensuring the financial stability of OBC
  • Protecting and managing the property of OBC and ensuring the proper investment of OBC funds
  • Supporting the Chief Executive Officer and monitoring their performance, including appointing any replacement

In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board reach sound decisions. This may involve leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, evaluation or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.



In the first instance please contact Karen Adams, Manager, Our Barn on  or 07847 380095 and request our Trustees Information Pack



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