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Director Trustee

Job Description

Dudley Lodge is a UK registered non-profit making charity and company limited by guarantee. Dudley Lodge was established in 1895 and is one of the leading Family Assessment Centres in England and Wales.

Dudley Lodge operates from two Centres; Dudley Lodge Family Assessment Centre in Coventry and Bonner House Family Assessment Centre in Birmingham. Both Centres are regulated by Ofsted, Dudley Lodge received ‘Outstanding’ during their last inspection and Bonner House received ‘Good’.

Dudley Lodge is a nation-wide resource, and well respected by local authorities, solicitors and Children’s Guardians both in the Midlands area and further afield. Our approach always remains child centred. We promote a culture which encourages people to be open to new experiences, recognise their strengths and strive to achieve. This relates to everyone who accesses, and works within, our services.

Dudley Lodge holds values that govern and guide our practice in dealing with each other; our professional colleagues, clients and suppliers, and in achieving our corporate objectives. We believe that:

  • All children have the right to have their safety and welfare needs met.
  • All adults have a responsibility to respond to concerns, worries and doubts regarding the safety and wellbeing of children wherever they may be.
  • It is people who make the difference in any enterprise and to give their best they must be treated with dignity and respect.


As a representative of the community, to be the main force pressing the organisation to the realisation of its opportunities for service and the fulfilment of its objectives to the organisation’s users, staff, volunteers, funders and wider community. There is also an expectation that Director-Trustees will demonstrate the following:

  • Commitment
  • Confidence in decision making
  • Curiosity in proposals being put forward
  • Challenging others appropriately
  • Work Collaboratively  
  • Remain appropriately critical
  • Show creativity
  • Basic IT knowledge and skills are required to access Board documents, reports, minutes etc.  

A Board member acts as part of a group to ensure:

  • Compliance with charity law, company law and any other legislation
  • Governance responsibilities are adhered to
  • Strategic planning & review is conducted in conjunction with the Chief Executive
  • Financial stability sustained & proper investment of Dudley Lodge’s funds


  1. Board Membership
  2. Governance & Financial Responsibility
  3. Strategic Planning & Review Support
  4. Reputation & Promotion

Board Membership

  • Expectation to attend all Board Meetings and any other extra ordinary meetings as arranged
  • To be part of short life sub committee’s or working groups as they arise
  • To champion the Dudley Lodge Way both inside and outside the organisation so that the values and behaviours enshrined are translated into a sustainable and successful business.
  • In addition to your statutory duties, each Director should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Directors reach sound decisions.  This may involve leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, evaluation or other issues in which the Director may have special expertise.
  • To comply with the Charity Governance Code of Conduct

Governance & Financial Responsibility

  • To ensure that Dudley Lodge complies with its governing document (i.e. its Memorandum and Articles of Association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To support Executive Team in ensuring that Dudley Lodge pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document & maintains financial responsibility
  • To further the work of Dudley Lodge, keeping within its charitable objectives.
  • To support the Executive team in maintaining the financial stability of Dudley Lodge
  • To protect and manage the property of Dudley Lodge and to ensure that proper investment of Dudley Lodge’s funds

Strategic Planning & Review Support

  • To work in collaboration with the Executive Team in formulating strategic plans and regularly review the long-term strategic aims of Dudley Lodge.  Also, provide firm direction in setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To support the Executive Team in reaching Dudley Lodge’s mission and aims
  • Approve major policies

Reputation & Promotion

  • To serve as an additional promoter of the work and reputation of Dudley Lodge using the knowledge, experience and contacts of the Board of Directors
  • To promote Dudley Lodge to wider audience of potential donors and beneficiaries

The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.