DVA recruiting new Trustees

Derbyshire Voluntary Action (DVA) is looking to recruit new Trustees to its Board to broaden the sectors represented by its membership.

The organisation, representing more than 420 voluntary and community sector groups across Derbyshire, wishes to create a robust strategic plan to build more successful cross-sector collaborations, engage with businesses and improve its financial sustainability.

DVA’s Trustees work collaboratively and strive to provide the charity with clear leadership and effective governance. Newly recruited trustees must be willing to play a crucial role in supporting DVA to move forward and build on our successes.

The key roles of the Trustees include contributing to board papers and being available to contribute to Board sub-groups, such as finance and HR, supporting staff and providing insight and guidance on key issues, new initiatives and new business/funding opportunities.

Our Trustees also:

  • Actively contribute to the Board’s leadership role in providing strategic direction to the organisation by setting overall policy, defining goals and evaluating performance.
  • Ensure that DVA works within the spirit of its governing document and complies with charity law and any other applicable legislation or regulations.
  • Ensure that DVA pursues its charitable objects – as defined in its governing document and its vision and mission – as described in its business plan.
  • Ensure that DVA uses its resources exclusively to pursue its organisational strategy, business plan and objectives.
  • Safeguard the good name and values of DVA.
  • Ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
  • Support the chief executive in their role and monitor their performance against organisational strategy and the business plan.

DVA is particularly interested in hearing from people who are willing to share their experience and skills in the following areas; business development, marketing and brand management, finance, voluntary and community sector group development, lean management and digital skills.

Jacqui Willis, Chief Executive and Julie Dixon, newly elected Chair of DVA, said: “This is an exciting time to join Derbyshire Voluntary Action. We move into our fourth decade, having formed in 1991 and move forward onto a new chapter of our history. This is a great opportunity for local community-minded people and professionals to join a forward-thinking organisation who see the great value of their communities and wish to contribute in a rewarding and impactful way”.

The organisation specialises in supporting health and well-being related voluntary and community sector organisations – from small volunteer-led self-help groups to local and regional charities delivering projects to benefit many Derbyshire residents.

For an informal discussion and to find out more, contact DVA’s Chair, Julie Dixon, at julie@bana-uk.com.

For more information about DVA, visit www.dva.org.uk.

Notes to editors:

  1. Derbyshire Voluntary Action (DVA) is an independent charity, which strategically represents and champions the work of the health and care voluntary and community sector. It supports a diverse range of local charities and community groups and connects people and resources to projects and ideas. www.dva.org.uk.
  2. The University of Derby is located in the heart of England. It builds on the region’s heritage of innovation to provide industry-relevant, expert teaching, from the foundation and undergraduate degrees through to postgraduate study and research. The University’s St Helena Campus is a Centre of Excellence for Health and Social Care, and its nursing courses were ranked 17th in the Guardian University Guide 2021. https://www.derby.ac.uk/
  3. Connect to… is Derbyshire Voluntary Action’s enhanced social prescribing and self-care service to support people who are lonely, isolated or at risk of developing/living with a long-term health condition. This service helps local people increase their social and physical activity and access emotional and practical support. www.dva.org.uk/connect-to/