The Rowland Hill Fund welcomes applications for two Non-Executive Trustee positions on its Board. We are particularly interested to hear from those with expertise in the charity sector and digital/marketing sectors.
As a trustee, you will contribute at a strategic level and help us to achieve our simple and powerful aim: to financially support postal people in their time of greatest need.
We value and promote diversity and want to hear from people who are representative of our beneficiaries, our stakeholders and our community, and who can make a real contribution to the Fund.
1. Note from the Chair
Thank you for your interest in the Rowland Hill Fund. My aim as Chair is to provide a clear strategic direction for the charity, ensuring that it has maximum impact for our beneficiaries.
To date, our work has been primarily focused internally, within the Royal Mail Group and associated bodies. However, 2020 has demonstrated the incredible public support for frontline workers including postal people.
In the coming years, we aim to increase both applications and fundraising, the latter from both internal and external sources. Our trustees are integral to the Fund’s future success and impact.
Dale Haddon, Chair
2. Introduction to the Rowland Hill Fund
The Rowland Hill Fund, established in 1882, strives to improve the lives of postal people. We offer financial grants to those facing homelessness, life-changing health challenges or unexpected financial difficulties.
Applications for support are welcomed from those working or have worked from:
• Royal Mail
• Post Office Ltd
• Parcelforce Worldwide
• Royal Mail Property & Facilities Solutions
• Any previously associated companies
We distributed £412,860 in grants during the year ending 2020. We dealt with 326 new cases. Internal fundraising achieved a record £163,000. Our fundraiser ambassadors are integral to our success, hosting a variety of events including cake bakes, races, quizzes, auctions and book launches.
3. Rowland Hill Fund trustees – role outline
The purpose of the Rowland Hill Fund Board is to govern and to lend expertise. Trustees help drive income both from internal and external sources. We are particularly interested in looking for Trustees with digital/marketing and charity sector experience.
Trustees are responsible for:
• Determining the mission and strategy for the Rowland Hill Fund
• Securing and ensuring financial sustainability and growth
• Safeguarding and capitalising on assets and ensuring they are used appropriately
• Using insight and experience to help the Fund achieve its goals
• Ensuring the Fund is compliant and fulfilling its charitable obligations
• Actively participating in Trustee meetings and contributing to effective decision making and positive action
• Developing the Fund’s presence and impact
• Being an ambassador for the Fund
4. Time commitment
The Board meets four times year in central London (currently remotely). Trustees also review cases on a time-tabled basis. Trustees give their services on an honorary basis but are eligible to claim expenses reasonably incurred in the performance of their duties.
5. How to apply
To apply, please email the following information to Grace.Owen@royalmail.com:
• A CV of no more than two sides of A4
• A supporting letter setting out how you meet the above criteria and why you are interested in becoming a Trustee for the Rowland Hill Fund
Closing date: 9th July 2021. Interviews: middle to end of July 2021.
If you have any questions or require any further information, please also email Grace.Owen@royalmail.com
If you would like a confidential discussion regarding any reasonable adjustments during the process, please indicate this in your covering letter.
If you have any interests that might be relevant, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your application. As part of our due diligence checks, we will consider anything in the public domain related to your conduct or professional capacity.