Upper Norwood Library by Richard Calvert

Opportunities to join the trustee board of a dynamic social enterprise in Upper Norwood

The Upper Norwood Library Trust

We are looking for outstanding people with fundraising, accountancy, HR, legal, and community relations experiences to join our trailblazing trust.

The Upper Norwood Library Trust (UNLT) was formed in November 2012 by local residents to take over the operation, governance and management of the Upper Norwood Joint Library (UNJL) as a community library hub. Now a thriving community hub contributing to the social, cultural and economic well -being of the Upper Norwood local community and beyond.

The Library Hub has professional staff employed by the Trust running the building, developing services and raising revenue. The building hosts a library service delivered to the Trust by Lambeth Council Library Services, co-funded by Croydon Library Services. The focus for the Trust over the next few years is to be fully sustainable through a blend of statutory funding, grants and by generating our own income.

As we drive forward to achieve sustainability and create a library of the 21st century, we are looking for new trustees to join us. We want people who can ideally bring knowledge of working in the social enterprise/charities or start ups; have both a passionate belief in keeping libraries open and an entrepreneurial and pragmatic approach to organisational and business development.

The trustees are responsible for governance of the charity, setting the strategic direction as well as meeting legal requirements. Trustees may also serve on a committee or other ad hoc group such as our finance committee. Trustees are expected to commit between 30 + hours a year (by agreement and business need) it includes quarterly trustee meetings, strategy, business and advisory activities. You will be expected to attend profile raising public/community events.

If you would like to learn more about this exciting opportunity and want to be part of this essential local charity, please contact Emily Jewell or Margaret Adjaye via [email protected]

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