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Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Artizan International

Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Artizan International
Artizan International
Description of the role:

Secretary of the Board of Trustees
The responsibilities of the Secretary of the Board of Trustees include:
◦ Providing secretarial services at meetings of the Trustees and Members
◦ Organising meetings, providing Notice of Meetings and agendas in accordance with
statutory and Charity requirements
◦ Recording minutes and action points from Trustee and Members meetings and provide
these within agreed timescales. To demonstrate good governance, as well as recording
the decisions, the minutes should also record the reasons for decisions
◦ Following up actions points in between meetings in line with required timescales
◦ Recording and minuting all decisions taken by the Trustees, or on their behalf,
between formal meetings
◦ Ensuring the charity's Annual Reports and Accounts are submitted to the Charity
Commission within the required timescales
◦ Keeping the charity's Constitution up-to-date, and managing the process of any
changes with the Charity Commission
◦ Dealing with all other communications with the Charity Commission
◦ Holding the Register of Trustees Interests, and checking annually with all Trustees
whether there are any changes
◦ Carrying out searches on various official registers for the names of people who are
disqualified from acting as trustees when applications are received for trustee
vacancies as follows:
▪ Insolvency Service website for the Individual Insolvency Register
▪ Companies House website for Register of Disqualified Directors
▪ Charity Commission website for Register of Removed Trustees
◦ Carrying out the general responsibilities of a Trustee.

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

Excellent communication skills
Good Oranisational Skill
Respect Confidentiality/Trustworthy
Work to deadlines
Commercial awareness/business experience
Experience of the charity sector would be useful but not essential

Practical information:

The board meet quarterly. The main workload will be around preparing for the quarterly review, attending the meeting and writing up actions and minutes from the meetings. 20 hours a quarter. As you will also be a trustee you will need to be up to speed with the various aspects of the charity and input on decisions. Meeting takes place at the Café and Creative space in the centre of harrogate. The building is accessible to wheelchair's.


Additional Information
DBS check needed: No
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Over 18s
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Artizan International,
Unit 4, Nidderdale House,
Cambridge Road
North Yorkshire
Last updated: 22.06.2022
Organisation Information

​Artizan International (originally named Craft Aid International) was founded in 2013 by Susie Hart MBE, on returning to Harrogate after 10 years of life and work in Tanzania, East Africa, where she set up a social enterprise called Neema Crafts. This centre provides training and employment for people with disabilities who would otherwise be street begging to earn a living. Having started with three deaf trainees when she began, on a start-up budget of just £400, by the time she left the centre was employing over 120 people with a huge range of disabilities, all of whom are now able to support themselves and their families with dignity and pride.

Susie set up Artizan International on returning home, to pass on this model to other developing countries where people with disabilities are still living in poverty. She also found that differently-able people in the UK are often very socially isolated.

So, as an organisation we got started by running free weekly therapeutic crafts sessions for adults with disabilities in the community in Harrogate and Leeds. We also worked with long-term hospital inpatients at Harrogate and Ripon hospitals, and ran after school clubs for children with special needs too.

We create beautiful, joy-giving, artisan-made cards, gifts, jewellery and home accessories .
Visit our Oxford Street shop for fair-trade, high quality products, made ethically and mindfully in Ecuador and Peru.