Trustee Role Profile

Statutory duties of a Trustee

  • To ensure that the Institution complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure that the Institution pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • To ensure the Institution uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the Institution, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the Institution
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Institution
  • To ensure the financial stability of the Institution
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity's funds  
  • To appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor his/her performance.

Other duties

In addition to the above statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve:
  • Scrutinising board papers
  •  Leading discussions
  • Focusing on key issues
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives
  • Other issues in which the Trustee has special expertise
  • In the case of the President-Elect and Vice-Presidents, chairing an expert subcommittee.

Trustee person specification

  • Commitment to the Institution and the Engineering profession
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Discrete at all times
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgment
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Ability and willingness to support publicly corporate views not held privately
  • Nolan's seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

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President Tony Roche

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Past President Tony Roche explains the role of Trustees.