St Werburghs City Farm is managed by a Board of Trustees. These individuals ensure that the Farm fulfils its legal obligations as a charity and a company; looks after its assets responsibly; has a clear vision, mission and strategic objectives and ensures that the Farm’s operations and governance are carried out to the highest possible standard.
Members of the board are elected each year by Farm members at the Annual General Meeting and remain on the Board for a minimum of 12 months. The Board meets every other month (generally on the second Wednesday of the month) and trustees are then encouraged to sign up to at least one of the Farm’s two sub-committees (Finance and HR; Site) depending on their enthusiasm, expertise or experience.
The current chairman is Ash Meakins who can be contacted via the Office.
To find out more, please contact us on 0117 9428241 or email the office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to become a trustee
1. Contact the Farm to express your interest in becoming a trustee. The Farm office will notify the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
2. The Chair will inform the applicant if positions are available and offer brief description of what is involved as a Trustee.
3. If a position is available, the applicant will submit the following documents to the chair:
- A New Trustee Form including personal contact details and those of two references (one must be a professional reference i.e. most recent employer, other voluntary organisation, educational establishment etc). In line with the Charities Act 1993, this form will seek declaration that the applicant is not disqualified by law from acting as trustees including: i. anyone who has an unspent conviction for an offence involving deception or dishonesty; ii. anyone who is an undischarged bankrupt; iii. anyone who has been removed from trusteeship of a charity by the Court or the Commissioners for misconduct or mismanagement; and iv. anyone under a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.
- A letter of application stating that they would like to become involved and what skills/knowledge/time etc they can offer the Farm as a Trustee
- An up-to-date C.V.
4. The letter of application and C.V. will be distributed amongst existing trustees, and the applicant will be invited to shadow one or two trustee meetings to get a feel for the role (however they do not have any voting abilities at this stage).
5. If both applicant and Board of Trustees agree the applicant will support the Farm in a positive way, the applicant may be nominated as a trustee at the following Board Meeting, or asked to stand as a co-optee until the formal election process at the AGM.
6. Prior to election, the applicant must complete and return a completed Farm Membership Form and payment method (if not already a full and current member). The Farm Office will seek references for the applicant and share with the Chair once received and undertake a DBS check.
7. Following election to the Board, the applicant will be advised to view the Wiki pages for meeting papers and will be given access to the trustee manual.
Applicants who are not acceptable will be informed in writing. The reason for not being accepted will be stated clearly and will be kept confidentially in the office.