Thank you for your interest in being a Trustee for Mosaic LGBT+ Youth Centre. Below is further information about us as an organisation, an outline of the role of Trustee, and some details about our work. You will also find specific information about each of the roles we are recruiting for at the end of this page. If you want to know more about Mosaic you will find more information elsewhere on our web site. It is in the process of being redesigned however it does give an additional overview.
Background to Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre
Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre’s vision is to build a strong, cohesive LGBT+ community that is safe from abuse, free from prejudice, healthy and making a positive contribution to society.
Over the last 20 years, we have supported, educated and inspired over 7500 young persons. Our weekly Wednesday evening LGBT Youth Club is so popular and well attended that we are adding a second session on a Sunday afternoon. Each session attracts 30 – 40 young LGBT+ persons, aged 13 – 19, from across London. Coined by our members as ‘Mosaic’, the Youth Club has been regularly referred to as being ‘home’ or ‘like family.’ We are supported by a dedicated team of LGBT+ volunteer staff role models who run workshops and forums on a range of matters from sexual health to Queer literature.
Mosaic LGBT+ Youth Centre has also developed ground breaking services for the young LGBT community we serve, which are co-produced with our own members. Our successes include;
- The UK’s first LGBT+ Youth Summer Camp and LGBT+ Youth Winter Retreat.
- A range of LGBT+ Events including London’s only LGBT+ under 18s exclusive Pride Prom and ‘Homoween’ Ball. The events offer a fun, safe, inclusive & alcohol free environment for LGBT+ young persons to socialise with their LGBT+ peers. In addition, the young persons learn about and experience drag culture or perform themselves, inspiring future generations of artists and performers.
Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre has already been successful in securing the following funding:
- Awards for All to deliver our LGBT+ Youth Summer Camp and Winter Retreat.
- Global Fund for Children to cover costs of rent to deliver youth services in a central location attracting LGBT+ young persons from across London.
- Through partnership working in Harrow we deliver Heads Up intervention helping young LGBT+ persons to address their mental health needs.
- Lambeth Council to deliver Proud Lambeth in partnership with Metro Charity.
About the current board
Mosaic was originally part of Brent Council’s Youth Service. When that ended Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre was established as a Charity Incorporated Organisation 1166676 in April 2016. The Board currently consists of the following Trustees:
- Ken Batty (Trustee and Chair of the Board)
- Gemma Benton (Trustee, responsible for volunteer management, training and development)
- Charlotte Talbott (Trustee and Deputy Chair)
- Dinara Zapparova (Treasurer, responsible for finance and accounting)
All of our Trustee roles are voluntary and unpaid, though we do pay reasonable expenses.
Our normal appointment length is 3 years, and Trustees can serve a second term by agreement. If you are interested but can only commit to an initial 2 year term this can be discussed.
What we are looking for
Over the next three years, we aim to establish firm foundations so that we can sustain and grow our services and programmes even more.
We are a small charity. We employ full time our Service Director and our Youth Engagement Director. In addition, we have several part time staff working on specific projects. We have a great group of volunteers who dedicate time to the Youth Clubs and the other activities. Our Trustees need to want to be involved. We want you to be passionate about improving the lives of LGBT+ youth. We also want you to be able to commit time to getting involved in our Trustee Board, picking up some of the tasks from there and working on them in your own time. We would also expect you to want to attend the Youth Club or some of the special events we run at least a few times a year.
We are looking for Trustees who come either with specific skills – like fund raising or marketing; or with specific knowledge of communities not currently represented on our Board – like the trans community or the black LGBT+ community. We don’t need you to have been a Trustee before – we are committed to providing the training and support for those for whom this is their first Trustee role.
The Board already has a Treasurer but the financial workload justifies having a second finance Trustee. This Trustee will work closely with the Treasurer however this role has been defined with specific areas of responsibility.
Role purpose (common to all Trustees)
As a member of Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre’s Trustee Board (the “Board”) you help provide overall direction and leadership for the organisation’s strategy, with accountability for the organisation: sound management; financial health and quality of programme delivery.
General responsibilities (common to all Trustees)
In carrying out the collective responsibilities of the Board, individual Trustees should:
- Be an active participant, making relevant skills, experience and knowledge available to the organisation. This includes sitting on the Board and one of the Board subcommittees, occasionally attending the Youth Club and any special events we are holding, and using personal networks to develop connections for the organisation
- Regularly attend Board meetings and prepare fully for those meetings including reading papers in advance, identifying key issues for discussion and providing advice and guidance on areas of expertise. Board meetings are held twice a quarter, in the evening. Preparation should generally take no more than an hour
- Regularly attend the meetings of any subcommittee of which you are a member. Subcommittee meetings are held once or twice a quarter in the evening and preparation should generally take no more than an hour. It is expected you will join one subcommittee
- Have prior knowledge of, or take time to familiarise themselves with, best practices of Charity governance and operations including financial management. (We will provide guidance and training on this)
- Develop and maintain a sound and up-to-date knowledge of the organisation’s activities and any wider issues that affect its work
- Actively contribute towards the effectiveness of the Trustee Board, engaging in discussion, debate and voting in a considered and constructive way, participating in induction and training as required, and sharing ideas for how the Board can be improved
- Act in the best interests of Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre, including contributing to fundraising efforts, e.g. through personal contributions, introductions to potential supports and attending fundraising events
- Undertake an annual performance self-assessment, which will be reviewed in discussion with the Chair and Director of Services
- Act as brand ambassador when talking to other professionals raising profile and need for LGBT young persons’ services and placing Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre as a key provider of such services.
Responsibilities specific to this role
Strategic Finance responsibilities
- To offer general finance expertise and ensure the solvency, financial strength and good performance of the charity.
- To ensure that the charity manages its resources appropriately, and uses its resources exclusively in the pursuance of its objects.
- To agree a framework of delegation and internal control.
- To attend all Board meetings and Finance-related sub-committee meetings.
- To collaborate with the Treasurer on the monthly review of internal controls.
- To collaborate with the Treasurer on the annual review of internal controls.
Operational Finance responsibilities
- Mosaic’s board is an operational one, with Trustees expected to carry out some operational activities.
- To carry out Finance-specific operational activities:
- To create and maintain the fixed asset register.
- To execute payments on behalf of the organization.
- To prepare annual accounts.
- To review the organisation’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
- To organise the annual Independent Examination of the organisation’s accounts.
- To oversee the activities of the outsourced payroll provider.
Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate the following skills, qualities and experience:
- Knowledge and understanding of LGBT+ young persons and the LGBT+ community
- Commitment to Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre’s vision and mission
- Understanding of the legal responsibilities and liabilities of a Trustee; or a willingness to get that understanding very early in the role
- Has demonstrable finance expertise, ideally a UK-qualified chartered or management accountant
- Understanding of the charity sector
- Excellent written communication skills and creative thinking
- Sound, independent judgment and strategic vision
- A willingness to speak their mind whilst doing so with tact and diplomacy
- Confidence to take decisions for the good of the organisation
- Confident public speaker with ability to inform and influence
- Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the duties of a Trustee
- Experience of organisational management, strategic planning and leading/developing teams
Our normal appointment length is 3 years, and Trustees can serve a second term by agreement. If you are interested but can only commit to an initial 2 year term this can be discussed