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Trustee (Legally qualified, commercial property)

Are you passionate about ending homelessness

We are looking to recruit a trustee to join our Board and help us to develop our next 3- year strategic plan.

We are actively encouraging applications from people who are black or a minoritised ethnicity, disabled, LGBTQ+ and/or have varying levels of educational attainment. We particularly welcome applications from younger people aged 18 to 30

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who are legally qualified and with expertise on commercial property.

Location: Westminster, London

Remuneration: This is an unpaid voluntary role, however reasonable expenses may be reimbursed

Time commitment: Four board meetings per year (with each meeting lasting around two and a half hours). Plus, attendance of occasional events and meetings with key stakeholders

Report to: Chair of Board of Trustees

Closing date: 30 April 2024 | Interview Date: TBC

What you will be doing


Trustees are responsible for giving direction to The Passage and ensuring it meets its objectives effectively. They are concerned with the policy, strategy and monitoring of the organisation; day-to-day management is delegated to paid professional staff who report to the Board of Trustees.
The Trustee Board normally comprises between 9 and 12 Trustees, who are appointed initially for a period of 3 years and can be re-appointed for 2 further periods of 3 years up to a maximum of 9 years.

Principle responsibilities

The formal duties of the Board of Trustees collectively are to:

  • Ensure that The Passage complies with its Memorandum and Articles of Association, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • Ensure that The Passage pursues its charitable objects as defined in its memorandum of association.
  • Ensure The Passage applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects.
  • Give clear strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • Safeguard the good name and the values of The Passage.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of The Passage.
  • Ensure the financial stability of The Passage.
  • Protect and manage the property of The Passage and to ensure the proper investment of its funds.
  • Appoint the Chief Executive, monitor their performance and determine their remuneration.
  • Act at all times in the best interests of The Passage, and declare any conflicts of interest.


In order to fulfil the role of Trustees effectively, all Trustees are expected to:


  • An understanding of and commitment to The Passage’s vision, mission and values, including stakeholder engagement and diversity.
  • Empathy with the essential principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • The ability to think strategically and creatively, with an ability to anticipate issues and risks, and to identify opportunities.
  • Legal expertise, especially in the areas of commercial property transactions, particularly in the social housing sector.
  • The ability to use good independent judgement and to challenge appropriately as a “critical friend”.
  • The ability to work effectively as a member of a team in order to reach timely decisions. This includes being able to speak openly in discussion, whilst listening and respecting the views of others.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the role.
  • The ability to act as an ambassador for the Passage, to champion its mission and promote its reputation and image, and to establish useful contacts.
  • Excellent networking with other members of relevant sectors, and influencing and communicating skills.
  • Demonstrable success in a private, charitable or public sector organisation.


Above all we are looking for inspiring and committed individuals who have a genuine desire to support people, and to help them to rebuild their lives.

How to apply?

Please send your CV and cover letter to Natalia Villazan, Head of People Services at [email protected]

Application form

If you would like to find out more about the career opportunities at The Passage, or discuss any disability access requirements you may have, please feel free to get in touch for an informal chat on 020 7592 1885.

Alternatively, you can contact us via email.

All applicants must read the full job description before applying:

Full Job Description (PDF)

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