We are looking for two people to join our vibrant Board of Trustees, possibly including someone to co-chair the Board with one of our existing trustees.
Forest Recycling Project (FRP) is a social enterprise and charity based in Walthamstow since 1989. We take surplus paint from re-use and recycling centres, re-mix it, make sure it’s in good condition and sell it on to individuals and community organisations as a more affordable, eco-friendly alternative to new paint. Last year, we redistributed over 40,000 litres of paint. At the heart of FRP’s operations are our volunteers who come from all walks of life, and through their work with us grow their skills and confidence.
About this opportunity
These positions offer the opportunity to play a central role in helping FRP succeed in the future. Trustees help ensure the organisation is run effectively and support staff to take important decisions that affect our work. As well as sharing your existing skills and experience, being a trustee offers an opportunity to develop yourself in new areas whilst making a real difference in your community.
This is an exciting and challenging time for FRP. As well as running a large lottery-funded volunteering project for vulnerable adults, in addition to our ongoing paint recycling and retail business, we are actively applying for funding to support both our current work and our growth into a sustainable and influential social enterprise. Our Board helps set the future direction for the organisation, so leadership and strategy skills are always in demand.
We are in particular seeking trustees who offer experience in:
- Finance, accounting or social investment
- Applying for grant funding
Current trustees represent the public, private and voluntary sectors, and some also bring local knowledge and connections within Walthamstow and neighbouring areas. The Board – currently five trustees – is friendly and committed and will actively support newcomers through induction and beyond.
What we’re looking for from you
As a guide, the typical trustee commitment is 8 hours per month, with the time involved for co-chairing likely to be 12 hours per month. The main Board typically holds 6 evening meetings per year, usually on Wednesdays, and the key responsibility is to engage actively in these meetings to set the direction and review big decisions for the organisation. Between meetings, each trustee provides ad hoc advice and support in their area of expertise, and each is involved in supporting a particular FRP priority (for example grant funding or exploring commercial partnerships).
From you, we’ll look for commitment to FRP’s vision and aims, a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to fulfilling the role, and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
To follow up your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and a short statement explaining how your skills and experience match the requirements of the role.
Juliet Lopez-Real, one of our current trustees, is happy to be contacted for an informal discussion on email@example.com.