Who we are Governance In line with OSCR’s guidance, Trustees at Teapot Trust have collective responsibility for: strategic oversight maintaining standards legal and regulatory compliance ensuring proper financial controls risk management Our 6 trustees provide support in a non-executive capacity, as responsibility for day-to-day management sits with the CEO. Trustees have a duty to act collectively to deliver the charity’s objects and provide public benefit – reporting annually that they have paid due regard to these duties, to protect the charity’s assets and maintain its solvency and effectiveness. Essential reading for our charity trustees is OSCR’s (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator’s) guidance, Guidance for Charity Trustees. Fixed terms of office for trustees Our SCIO constitution, updated May 2021, stipulates that trustees can serve for 3 years and be re-elected for up to a further 3 at which point they must step down. Only our Founding trustee can be re-elected again after a second term – however, in practice, she has been re-elected only until June 2022 when she will stand down. Skills and experience of trustees Between them, our trustees’ skills and experience include: Governance Art Therapy delivery and research Charity operations Parent experience (caring for a child with a chronic condition) Financial control and risk management HR and change management Strategic planning (business context) Current Vacancies (as at October 2021) Former Chair of Trustees, Liz Kilpatrick, resigned in September 2021 having supported the charity through a period of pandemic. Now, trustees plan to appoint an Acting Chair from within the existing group – to be confirmed at the November 2021 board meeting. Having considered the charity’s skills and experience matrix, and given careful thought to succession planning, trustees plan to make several board appointments in two steps – by Christmas 2021 and March 2022. A permanent Chair will be then be appointed from within the wider group once new trustees are embedded. Applicants are asked to note that prior experience as a trustee will be advantageous. The priority roles are below: A qualified CA to convene the Finance Committee A fundraiser with high-level strategic experience A parent with lived experience of caring for a child with a chronic condition Please contact our CEO, Sarah Randell, if you are interested in either role, above, on 0131 273 4340 or email [email protected] Induction of trustees This includes: Dialogue with the Chair, some trustees, and the CEO An opportunity to meet the other trustees and the staff team An understanding of our story so far and, importantly, why the charity was founded Visits to hospitals, community partnerships and/or sitting in on online art therapy to experience them first-hand Facilitated Governance workshops Induction packs that include Our Story, OSCR’s guidance for charity trustees, our Governance Policy, Trustees Conflicts of Interest Policy, Code of Conduct for Trustees, SCIO constitution, report and accounts, annual review, minutes of recent trustees’ meetings, strategic plan, fundraising plan and case for support We also organise an annual strategy day, with an external facilitator Trustees’ meetings and sub-committees Trustees meetings take place six times a year. The Finance sub-committee, chaired by a CA, meets monthly for financial scrutiny and control. (Full management accounts are produced every month.) We have two stakeholder groups that link into the board – a Young Voices group and a Service Advisory group. Details are shared here. We also have a Fundraising sub-committee through which trustees support the fundraising team.