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Become A Trustee

Would you like to become a DEBRA trustee?

Being a trustee is a very rewarding job and you will be part of a team. DEBRA’s trustees make sure the charity fulfils its aims and that donations made to DEBRA support people living with EB and fund high quality research to find effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for the condition. 

You, as a DEBRA member, help to elect the majority of our trustees. Others are appointed by existing trustees to ensure the Board has the appropriate range of skills and experience to assist the Senior Management Team by providing guidance and scrutiny.

What skills are required?

The Nominations and Governance Committee has identified a number of skills as priorities. Essential requirements are: the ability to assimilate lots of written material, to contribute to policy development and to challenge fellow trustees and management effectively.

Members with retail experience in particular charity or fashion, qualified accountants with audit skills, experience of ICT strategy and how it integrates into a charity, HR skills or knowledge of a clinical or clinical research specialism, either in EB or another area, are particularly encouraged to apply.

What does the role involve?

Trustees carry significant responsibilities personally. They need to be able to attend and participate in meetings so that they can fulfil these responsibilities on behalf of DEBRA and its members. All candidates should read the Trustees’ Handbook which gives detailed information about the duties of trustees (available on request from Dawn Jarvis – details below) prior to confirming their application.

How much time does this involve?

Candidates should be prepared to allow approximately 10/12 days per year to attend Board or Committee meetings, training and attending fundraising and other events. More time is taken up in extensive reading and preparation for these meetings. The more time and effort you put in the more effective you will be in the highly responsible role required of a trustee.

Expenses incurred through attending meetings, including costs of a carer (if required) and appropriate training, will be provided at no cost to the individual.

What help can I get before I decide to apply?

Members interested in becoming a trustee are encouraged to attend a Board meeting as an observer to enable them to see what is involved. Please contact Dawn Jarvis – Company Secretary on 01344 771961 if you would like to do this.

How do I apply to become a trustee?

If you or another DEBRA member within your household wish to stand for election to the Board of Trustees at DEBRA’s Annual General Meeting, you can download a nomination from here. If you know somebody who is not a DEBRA member who would be interested in becoming a trustee and they have the skills we need, we would be very happy to talk to them about trusteeship or the possibility of joining a DEBRA committee.

Candidates will require one member of DEBRA to nominate them and a second member to support their application. All nominations received will be considered by the Nominations and Governance Committee. Candidates will then be expected to attend an informal meeting with an existing member of the Nominations and Governance Committee and DEBRA’s Chief Executive before they are put forward for possible election at the AGM on Saturday 19 May 2018

Please call Dawn Jarvis, Company Secretary on 01344 771961 if you have any questions regarding the process of becoming a trustee.