FareShare Midlands (FSM) is a charity which takes good-quality surplus food from the food industry and re-distributes it to the people who need it. We supply community organisations, groups and schools so that they can prepare healthy meals and food parcels – and our work feeds thousands of people every week. https://faresharemidlands.org.uk/

We are looking to recruit trustees who are enthusiastic about working to end food poverty and who can help FSM meet the continuing challenges faced by society in the current difficult circumstances. The board is supported by and supports a senior management team, staff and volunteers who all share a passion to make a difference for those who need the food we distribute. As a new trustee, you would join us at an exciting time when the charity has gone through a merger and massive increase in its reach. The board needs particular skills, but, most of all, enthusiasm and practical skills to enable it to continue its mission to end food poverty in the Midlands.
FareShare Midlands continues to strive and grow towards becoming more diverse and inclusive. We are mindful that the current board membership reflects neither the diversity of the organisations which are our members, nor of their users. Having a more diverse board will help us to understand better the needs of the communities we serve. As such we are particularly keen to encourage applications from a broad range of backgrounds.

First time trustees are very welcome to apply.

In 2020, we are particularly interested to speak to people with experience in community management in the Midlands. However, if this doesn't describe you, we are still keen to hear from you. Above all, we are looking for life skills and a passion to help us deliver and grow a high quality, accessible and diverse service.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

FareShare Midlands is looking for candidates who can demonstrate:
1. A basic understanding of what we do, and the need for our service in the East and West Midlands
2. A strong commitment to and passion for FSM's values and aims
3. That they are willing and able to read board papers thoroughly and critically
4. That they are able to communicate views clearly and objectively
5. An understanding of, or a willingness to learn, how a Board operates and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team
6. Sound independent judgement and the confidence to question decisions and challenge group consensus when necessary
7. A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
8. Desirable but not essential: skills, professional or personal experience in one or more of the following areas
(A) Volunteering for FareShare; and/or
(B) Working in a FareShare partner organisation (CFM/CFA/school); and/or
(C) As a beneficiary: for example, you have received food parcels or regularly attended community meals
(D) Fundraising; and/or
(E) Marketing, communications, or business development.


Level of Commitment

Board meetings:
The trustee board normally meets quarterly on a Wednesday morning and meetings normally last for 2 or 3 hours. Since April 2020 the board has met monthly instead, for one hour only, by e-meeting. This is due to Covid-19 and it may be a while before meetings return to normal.
Travel between the West and East Midlands may sometimes be required for board meetings. The organisation will meet reasonable travel expenses.

Other activities:
New trustees will be asked to take part in an Induction process to help them get a better understanding of FareShare Midlands' work and to improve effectiveness in board meetings. Mentoring will be offered to those new to being a trustee
There is an annual trustee development day, an AGM, and occasional board workshop/ seminar sessions and promotional events, which trustees are also expected to take part in.
Trustees may also be asked to assist the charity with board-level projects related to their areas of knowledge/experience.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 explaining how you fit the Person Specification to: [email protected]

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 18th September 2020. Interviews will be by e-meeting and are expected to take place between 28th September and 16th October 2020.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support your application, and if you need any adjustments in order to take part in the interview process.