The Trust is seeking new trustees to join the Board at an exciting time for the Trust and for the Ouseburn Valley, with significant change on the horizon in terms of new residential and commercial development and growth of our heritage and environmental activity, not to mention our move to our new premises at 51 Lime Street. 

The new trustees will act as ambassadors for the Trust, working alongside the Chair to build profile and confidence as the Trust embarks on a new period of growth following the pandemic, and an increase of engagement in its heritage and environment initiatives. 

Knowledge and experience in the world of regeneration/development/heritage/environment would be advantageous but ultimately the successful candidates will have excellent communication skills, an inclusive, transparent way of working while remaining impartial and objective and have a passion for the Ouseburn Valley. 

Applicants will be expected to possess the following qualities:
•    a passion for the Ouseburn Valley and our work within it
•    sympathy for the Trust's aims and values and 
•    and understanding of the role of the third sector in driving local regeneration

Furthermore, we recognise that the Ouseburn Trust must strive to be more representative of the diverse set of communities that we serve. We would, therefore, also encourage applications from individuals who can bring a different perspective to our work, including BAME and LGBTQ+ applicants and applicants with a disability.

Read about the main duties of a Trustee

For further details or to discuss the opportunity, please contact:

Chris Barnard, Chief Officer, Ouseburn Trust, e-mail [email protected]

To apply for the role of Trustee please send an expression of interest describing your relevant experience and what you would bring to the Ouseburn Trust Board to [email protected] 

About the Ouseburn Trust

The Ouseburn Trust was established as an independent development trust for the Ouseburn Valley in 1996. Currently it manages properties, works to secure sensitive regeneration, develops and delivers heritage and environmental initiatives and works with others to secure a vibrant, diverse and sustainable future for the historic Ouseburn Valley. More information is available on our website www.ouseburntrust.org.uk

The Trust is an effective organisation, with a clear purpose, articulated values and a positive outlook. It has a transparent and multi-skilled governance structure. It is well managed, has a highly experienced and motivated staff team and a successful track record of delivery.

Our Trustees have recently reviewed our Strategic Objectives (Details of what we seek to achieve in each area are contained in the Strategy document):

  • Developing a 10-year Ouseburn Strategy
  • Pursuing a Transformational project for the Trust
  • Collecting Valley Insights data to inform our work
  • Seeking to shape the current focus on Housing development
  • Campaigning and shaping the growth of a mixed local economy
  • Engaging more and a more diverse audience in Ouseburn Valley Heritage
  • Managing and enhancing the Natural Environment
  • Shaping the Built Environment through our own and other developments
  • Promotion of our activity and impact and those who depend on footfall for viability

This voluntary post is a three-year (renewable) appointment. The Board of Trustees plays a significant role in the management and governance of the Ouseburn Trust. The role is described in more detail below. 

Main duties of a Trustee

  • Ensure that the organisation complies with the governing documents, organisation law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document
  • Ensure that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives, i.e. the organisation must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objectives, no matter how worthwhile or charitable they are
  • Contribute effectively to the board of trustees’ role by giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance
  • Promote the interests of the Ouseburn Trust within a wider network and throughout the community it serves and, whilst doing so, safeguard the good name of the organisation
  • Declare conflicts of interests whilst carrying out the duties of a trustee
  • Be collectively responsible for the actions of the organisation and other trustees
  • Ensure the financial stability of the organisation
  • Protect and manage the assets of the organisation and ensure funds are effectively managed
  • Attend meetings and to read papers in advance and to give advance notice if unable to attend. Trustees who fail to attend three consecutive meetings may be asked to resign their seat
  • Make sure the organisation is effectively insured
  • Support employees in their appointment and effective execution of their duties
  • Keep informed about the activities of the organisation
  • Appoint a suitable person from the board to the roles of Chair & Vice Chair

Requirements of the Trustee role 

The culture of the organisation is to deliver its charitable aims using a business-type approach. Ideally, we are looking for someone who

  • has a passion for the Ouseburn Valley and our work within it
  • is sympathetic to the Trust's aims and values 
  • understands the role of the third sector in driving local regeneration

New Directors/Trustees will demonstrate:

  • Integrity
  • A commitment and enthusiasm to the work and objectives of the Ouseburn Trust
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a Trustee
  • An understanding and/or experience of management practice with a professional approach to the work of the Board and to the development of the Ouseburn Trust
  • A commitment to equality of opportunity
  • Good independent judgement and a strategic vision.
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • A commitment to work in the best interest of the Ouseburn Trust at all times and to take part in the work of the Ouseburn Trust through involvement in sub-committees
  • A range of skills and experience that will enable the Ouseburn Trust to fulfil its Primary Objectives and an understanding and acceptance of the legal responsibilities, duties and liabilities of Trusteeship

Training provided to new Trustees of the Ouseburn Trust 

An extensive induction pack is available for new Trustees along with ongoing support from staff and fellow Trustees.

Time required

Directors/Trustees will serve for 3 years and may seek re-election following this period.

  • Board meetings are held bi-monthly on the last Thursday evening from 5.30-7.30pm
  • Sub-groups meet monthly and Trustees can choose to attend according to their interest

View our current Board of Trustees