Trustees are appointed by the unanimous agreement of other trustees, based on suitability and experience. Trustees are appointed for a 3 year period and can serve for a maximum of 9 consecutive years. A one-year rest period will enable the trustee to be reappointed. The Chair is expected to ensure all trustees contribute effectively and will carry out informal appraisal of other trustees.
Trustees' Job Description
The trustees' job description can be viewed by clicking here.
Terms of Reference for Trustee Meetings
Trustees meet once every 3-4 months. Their task is to ensure the charity is run correctly, following guidance from bodies such as the Charity Commission, the Fundraising Regulator and Cobseo. We follow the Government guidance for trustees, as follows: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-what-you-need-to-do
Code of Conduct
Trustees act according to the following code of conduct, agreeing to uphold the following principles throughout their work:
These principles will be woven into strategies, policies and procedures to uphold the fundamental values, but also to set the stage for long term success.
Conflict of Interest
Trustees have a legal duty to act in Launchpad’s best interests when making decisions. If there’s a decision to be made where a trustee has a personal or other interest, this is a conflict of interest and the trustee won’t be able to comply with their duty. Therefore we have instigated a policy that follows a 3 step approach (identify, prevent, record). A Register of Interests for trustees will be maintained.
Gift & Hospitality
Trustees and members of staff should not use their official position to receive, agree to accept or attempt to obtain any payment or other consideration for doing, or not doing, anything or showing favour, or disfavour, to any person. They should not receive benefits of any kind from a third party which might reasonably be seen to compromise their personal judgement and integrity.
The Board of Trustees comprises up to 10 trustees; the reason for this is to capture the breadth of skills and experience needed to oversee the running of the charity. Three trustees make a quorum. Board members can participate by social media / remote communications, such as via telephone or Skype. Board meetings will be called every 3-4 months; the frequency is considered to be an effective period for trustees to review and to plan ahead, without being too frequent or infrequent. A Chair and Vice-Chair will be appointed; Nick Tubbs is the current Chair and a Vice-Chair is yet to be appointed.
Terms of Reference
The terms of reference for the Board of Trustees are as follows.
The Board of Trustees is to:
The CEO's objectives are as follows:
Strategic Business Plan
Launchpad's strategic business plan is to deliver the charity's objects while there are sufficient beneficiaries. Sufficient funds will be obtained through rent, grants and other fund-raising. The charities objects will be delivered using a people-centric approach, using the Outcome Star Methodology where each veteran is considered individually. The charity will deliver it's objects in conjunction with other service-providers.
A budget and cashflow spreadsheet will be considered by the trustees at each routine trustees' meeting.
A rolling annual plan will be produced by the CEO under trustees' direction.
A risk register will be maintained and reviewed every quarter by the CEO and house managers. The risk register will be considered at least once a year by trustees and they are to consider new risks every meeting, if there are any.
By necessity, Launchpad will work with many other organisations. Where sensible, SLAs, or similar, will be established.
Trustees will oversee remuneration of all staff, applying the remuneration policy. The trustees will award an annual rise in salaries according to the CPI as long as it is affordable. A bonus will only be awarded in exceptional circumstances.
Launchpad applies the following policy documents:
Safeguarding. Note that we recognise our Safeguarding and Prevent duty in line with current legislation and good practice and are committed to ensuring a safe and supportive environment for all.