Trustee officer roles

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This document was approved by the Board on 7 June 2014. (approved revision, subsequent changes)
Changes to this document are subject to board approval, and should be proposed either on the talk page or the Engine room

Approval history:

7 June 2014 - First approval (approved revision, changes)
11 March 2017 - Abolished Board secretary role (approved revision, changes)



  • Lead the board’s development of best practice in governance
  • Ensure that board time is used effectively on strategic issues
  • Chair the Governance Committee, and liaise with the Audit and Risk Committee as necessary
  • Monitor trustee-engagement with the charity and trustee code of conduct compliance
  • Provide opportunities for each trustee’s knowledge, skills and experience to be used to best advantage for the benefit of the charity
  • Ensure that new board members are properly inducted into their duties as trustees Meetings
  • Chair board and general meetings of the charity, determining all procedural questions, ruling on any adjournments needed and resolving any disputes arising
  • Set the agenda for board and general meetings, in liaison with the Chief Executive
  • Facilitate constructive and open but respectful discussion at meetings, with all relevant factors being fully considered and clear decisions reached
  • Balance the general policy of open meetings in the interests of transparency with closed (in-camera) sessions for those matters where confidentiality is required Staff
  • Act as the main channel between board and staff
  • Meet regularly with the Chief Executive, offering support and guidance
  • Work with the Chief Executive to ensure board access as required to professional advice to inform discussions and decisions
  • Conduct the Chief Executive’s appraisal External relations
  • Work with the Chief Executive to ensure appropriate representation of the charity to the Wikimedia movement, the media, the authorities and the general public, including acting as spokesperson as needed

Vice chair

  • Assisting and supporting the chair
  • Acting for the chair when the chair is not available


  • Taking a leading responsibility for developing and implementing appropriate policies for financial management, including investment, funding (whether voluntary, revenue-earning or borrowing) and all aspects of financial reserves
  • Overseeing the charity’s financial health and the financial viability of the charity's strategy
  • Taking a leading role on the Audit & Risk Committee (ARC)
  • Undertaking expert liaison with the charity’s auditors
  • Ensuring that the required proper accounting records are maintained
  • Ensuring that an effective system of internal financial controls is maintained
  • Ensuring that the board receives regular comprehensive financial management reports
  • Ensuring that SORP-compliant statutory annual accounts are prepared and that these are appropriately audited or independently examined as required by law
  • Maintaining oversight for the board over the spending of annual budgets, including ensuring that budget decisions are recorded appropriately, and are followed

HR trustee

  • Providing HR advice and assistance to the CE
  • Working with the Chair to undertake the CE's appraisal
  • Acting as independent reviewer of staff appraisals, if required
  • Acting as board adjudicator in the event of any staff HR dispute