Trustee role description
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Scope and purpose
The overall role of the Programme Secretary is to lead on the content development of the BSI’s scientific programme, in particular that of Congress.
General responsibilities for Trustees
All trustees serve for a four year term. They are responsible for ensuring that the society complies with its governing document, charity law, company law, and any other relevant legislation or regulation. They must ensure that the society applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects.
All trustees should contribute actively to the board of trustees, giving strategic direction to the society and ensuring its effective and efficient administration. They should safeguard the good name and integrity of the society and ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds and the protection of its property. They assist with the appointment of the Chief Executive and monitor her/his performance through an agreed process.
In addition to the above statutory duties, every trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge, or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. These may involve:
Scrutinising board papers
Focusing on key issues
Providing guidance on new initiatives
Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.
Specific duties of the Programme Secretary
To chair the Programme Committee in an effective and efficient manner
To lead on the development of the scientific content of the BSI Congress
To consider and assess the breadth, depth and impact of BSI organised and sponsored meetings (including Regional and Affinity Group meetings), liaising with the Groups Secretary and members of staff to identify ‘gaps’ and opportunities for further development of the scientific programme.
Excellent overview of key areas of and developments in immunology
Detailed knowledge of the work of key research programmes and their leaders
Scientific Programme Committee experience
Very high level of credibility within the community
Willingness to make personal contact with potential speakers and contributors
Strong leadership skills
Commitment to the Society
Good, independent judgement
Ability to think creatively
Open and transparent approach
Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
Nolan's seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.