Real board appointments – April 2018

Why is Real Appointing Trustees?

Real’s Articles of Association set out that the board comprises six elected members and three appointed members. Appointed members are to ensure that the whole Board is balanced, representative, and has an appropriate mix of skills and experience.

Normally one appointed member will stand down each year which is why we engage in a process to reappoint them or appoint a new person. The latest skills audit analysis, which took place in July 2017, identified several gaps in the current Board. Therefore, this time around, we are looking to appoint up to three new trustees between now and the forthcoming AGM on 27 June 2018. If you have skills and experience in the following areas, we’d particularly like to hear from you:

·        Campaigning
·        Human Resources
·        Financial Management
·        PR/Marketing
·        Law
·        Fundraising
·        Accounting
·        Governance

Why you should volunteer to be a Trustee for Real:

  1. We are a dynamic, growing third sector organisation. We are firmly driven by our principles and ethos.
  2. We are a progressive organisation, constantly looking to work more effectively. But this does not mean we abandon our principles.
  3. We have a good reputation with our funders and our clients.
  4. We actively embrace diversity in all forms. Our clients relate to us more because we reflect their reality.
  5. We consider disability in our Trustees an asset.
  6. There is a great atmosphere and good staff morale.
  7. In a number of areas we are at the forefront of being part of an evolving and developing third sector in Tower Hamlets.

Real is a user led organisation run and controlled by disabled people – 70% of our client-facing staff are disabled. As a pan impairment / ethnicity / age organisation working across Tower Hamlets, it is important we understand and promote equality and celebrate diversity. This is demonstrated in many different ways, but one aspect is that our voting membership comprises all disabled people, and at least 75% of our board must be disabled.

We also have a board structure to make sure that we have the best possible range of skills and experience to have good, strong governance and ensure the organisation is well run. Our board comprises six elected positions and three appointed positions.

Board Roles and Responsibilities

The role of a Trustee is to work in collaboration with colleagues, to make sure the organisation is run well, meets its legal responsibilities and meets the mission, values and aims it was set up to follow and achieve. Trustees are to bring personal experience, including lived experience of disability or health conditions, to the strategic work of the Board.

The current Board meets 8 times a year which is every six or seven weeks. You are expected to attend all board meetings, or if you are giving your apologies, read the papers and feed your comments in beforehand.

Trustees will be assigned individual responsibilities in line with their specific skills, knowledge and experience. Duties of the Board, a person specification and an example role description are all included in the information pack.

Appointment Process and Key Dates

23 April 2018 – 11:00 – 12:30: An event will be held for potential trustees to attend and find out more about Real and what’s involved with being a trustee. Click here to register to attend this event

The deadline for submitting applications is 9am on Monday, 30th April 2018.

If you are shortlisted for interview you will be advised on or before Wednesday 2nd May.

We plan to hold interviews during the week commencing 14th May 2018

You should specify on your application form any days during that week you are NOT available. This may be taken into account at the shortlisting stage. You should keep the relevant days available, as we will advise you on the day of shortlisting if you have been shortlisted, and which interview slot you have been allocated.

If you have not heard anything by the end of Wednesday 2nd May, you may assume you have not been shortlisted. Our experience is that we get a great many applications and it may not be possible for us to give individual feedback to every applicant.

Supporting information

Attached to this page you will find the following documents that will help you decide if you want to apply and give you more information. You can either click on the link below, or at the bottom of the page, to download each document.

Application process

Please complete our application form and skills audit. If you need these documents in a different format, that is more accessible to you, or you need any other reasonable adjustments in the application process, please let us know. We’ll be happy to help.

It’s important that we properly assess trustee suitability against our person specification and so we do not accept CVs as an alternative to completing an application form.

We ask that you complete all sections of the application form including the part that gathers equality and diversity information. We collect this so that we can make sure that we meet the criteria set out in Real’s charity protocol regarding trustee appointments.

You can email your completed forms to or post to:

Trustee Appointments


Jack Dash House

2 Lawn House Close

London   E14 9YQ

The Interview

If shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview with the Chair and Vice Chair. This will be a further opportunity for you to find out more about Real, discuss the role, and ask any questions about specific aspects of the person specification. The overall interview process will take no more than one hour.

Meeting reasonable adjustments

If you would like us to make any reasonable adjustments in the interview process please let us know. As stated above, we particularly welcome applications from disabled people, and meeting reasonable adjustments in the interview process is commonplace for us.

Our premises are fully wheelchair accessible, step-free and with lift access. We have accessible toilets. There is on street disabled parking for up to 3 hours with a blue badge. If warned in advance, we can provide a variety of chairs to suit different needs.

If you need personal assistance with you on the day of the interview that is fine, but we would ask you to make those arrangements yourself. Trained assistance dogs are welcome in our office.

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