Become a Trustee


SIA’s Governing Council (Board of Trustees)

We are currently recruiting new members for our Governing Council.

Hear more about the role from two of our current Trustees:

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The SIA Governing Council (or Board of Trustees) is composed of spinal cord injured members of SIA.   Trustees meet four times a year to:

  • Ensure the charity is carrying out its purpose for the public benefit
  • Ensure compliance with the charity’s governing documents and the law
  • Manage the charity’s resources responsibly
  • Ensure the charity is accountable

Trustees should act in the charity’s best interest with reasonable skill and care.

Election to the Governing Council

Each year, one third of the current Governing Council is required to retire.  Trustees can offer themselves for re-election but we are also looking for new nominations from amongst the full membership (i.e. those who are spinal cord injured) for fresh ideas and experiences.

Who can be a trustee?

As long as you are a full member (i.e. spinal cord injured) you are eligible to serve as a Trustee. We are keen to ensure that our Governing Council collectively has the full range of skills and qualities to lead the charity, and so while nominations are welcome from all full SCI members they are particularly welcome from full members with fundraising experience as we are currently under represented in this respect.

Who cannot be a trustee?

Some people are disqualified by law from acting as charity trustees; these include anyone who:

  • has an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception
  • is currently declared bankrupt (or is subject to bankruptcy restrictions or an interim order) or has an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) with creditors
  • is disqualified from being a company director
  • has previously been removed as a trustee by either the Charity Commission or the High Court due to misconduct or mismanagement
  • is disqualified from being a trustee by an order of the Charity Commission under S181A Charities Act 2011

The reward

Trustees are not paid (apart from travelling/accommodation expenses), but great satisfaction can be obtained from working as part of the Governing Council, setting policy and strategy which has a direct effect upon the lives of spinal cord injured people.  It is also worth noting that committee experience and Trusteeship is a useful skill to be able to include on your CV if you are seeking employment.

I’m interested – What do I do next?

Simply complete the form below to propose yourself as a member of the GC and return to SIA by the deadline of 7 May 2019.

When you return the completed form, you also need to submit a ‘thumbnail sketch’ (no more than 250 words) about yourself so that, should we need to hold a postal vote, this can be included on the ballot paper.  The sketch should contain information about your interests, skills or experience.


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