FareShare Midlands is the region’s largest food redistribution charity, fighting food
poverty and hunger by tackling waste. We source good quality food that is surplus
to requirements from the food industry. In the UK 7% of greenhouse gas emissions
are caused by wasted food yet hunger is a growing issue. We believe that this surplus
food should be going to those in need, helping vulnerable people and the planet at
the same time!
An army of volunteers help redistribute this food to over 550 frontline charities and
community groups such as school breakfast clubs, community centres and
organisations supporting those who are homeless, unemployed, socially isolated and
recovering from addiction. These organisations provide meals and food parcels to
over 60,000 vulnerable people every week. We also support people through our
Employability programmes, enabling them to learn skills and find rewarding work –
some for the first time.
Find out more: https://faresharemidlands.org.uk

The Role
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.
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.
In 2022, we are particularly interested to speak to people with experience in:
- Transport/logistics
- Warehousing/distribution
- Employability
- PR/Comms
- Fundraising
- Marketing, PR or Communications
- Business Development
However, if this doesn't describe you, we are still keen to hear from you.
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.
Supporting Documents:
Detailed Role Description
How 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] 
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support your application, and if
you have any individual needs or need any adjustments in order to take part in the
interview process.
Closing date for Applications: Friday 16th December 2022, 12 noon
Interviews: Between 5th and 20th January 2023, Virtual

Role Description: Trustee
Reporting to: Chair of Trustee Board
FareShare Midlands Purpose, Mission and Vision
OUR PURPOSE - Fighting hunger, tackling waste, creating opportunities
OUR MISSION - Maximising the social value of surplus food
OUR VISION - A Midlands region where no-one goes hungry when there is food
being wasted, no child goes to school on an empty stomach, and where
vulnerable people are supported to join or re-join the workforce
Why become a FareShare Midlands Trustee?
- Help our ambitious charity to improve lives and prevent food waste throughout
the Midlands
- Bring insights from your working life and lived experience
- Develop strategic and leadership skills
- Training and Mentorship opportunities
Our Core Values – the way we do things
Passion - We have passion for our cause and the challenges that lie ahead
Ambition - We go the extra mile and drive the changes that must happen
Respect - We have respect for ourselves, each other, our volunteers, our
partners, our members and the environment
Collaboration - We will work better with others to strengthen our fight against
hunger, poverty and food waste
Accountability - We assume responsibility for our actions, our service, our
decisions, our impact and our policies
For more details refer to FareShare Midlands Values and Behaviours Framework,
available from HR Department.

Key Responsibilities
FareShare Midlands Trustees perform the following statutory duties:
● Ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
● Make sure that the organisation uses its resources only to pursue its objects: the organisation must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are
● Contribute actively to the board's work in giving strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
● Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
● Ensure the financial stability of the organisation, protect and manage the property of the charity, and ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds. Be satisfied that financial information is accurate and that financial controls and risk management systems are robust
● Ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
● Safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
● Appoint the Chief Executive and monitor their performance
● Ensure that the Trust is governed in accordance with the principles set out in
the Charity Governance Code: Leadership, Integrity, Decision-Making, Risk &
Control, Board Effectiveness, Diversity, Openness & Accountability
Trustees are expected to:
● Regularly attend meetings of the trustee board and other relevant committees● Contribute to and share responsibility for decisions of the trustee board and for any sub-committee to which they belong
● Keep up to date with background information and knowledge on matters relating to FareShare Midlands' work and the running of charities in general, and read board and/or committee papers before meetings
Trustees will receive an induction and ongoing training. There will be opportunities to take part in trustee away days, PR activity and events
Trustees are not expected to become involved in the day-to-day running of the organisation

Person Specification
The essential and desirable qualities that we are seeking for this Role.
FareShare Midlands is looking for candidates who can demonstrate:  A strong commitment to and passion for what we do and FSM's values and
aims  A basic understanding of what we do  That they are willing and able to read board papers thoroughly and critically That they are able to communicate views clearly and objectively  An understanding of, or a willingness to learn, how a Board operates and
the ability to work effectively as a member of a team  Sound independent judgement and the confidence to question decisions and
challenge group consensus when necessary  A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness,
integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.  We welcome applicants with experience in one (or more) of the following
a. Fundraising
b. Marketing, PR or Communications
c. Business development
d. Transport/logistics
e. Warehousing/distribution
f. Employability
g. Volunteering for FareShare
h. Working in a FareShare partner organisation (CFM/CFA/school)
i. As a beneficiary: for example, you have received food parcels or
regularly attended community meals
Level of Commitment
Board meetings:
The trustee board normally meets quarterly and meetings normally last for 2 or 3
hours. We often meet remotely.
Travel between the West and East Midlands may sometimes be required for board
meetings. The organisation will meet reasonable travel expenses.

New Trustees
New trustees will be taken through an induction process to help them get a better
understanding of FareShare Midlands' work and to improve effectiveness in board
Mentoring will be offered to those new to being a trustee
Other activities
There is an annual trustee development day, an AGM, and occasional board
workshop/ seminar sessions and promotional events, which trustees are invited to
take part in.
Trustees may also be asked to assist the charity with board-level projects related
to their areas of knowledge/experience.
Additional requirements
Please let us know if you have any individual needs or will need any specific
adjustments in order to take on the trustee role.