The Board of Trustees is the decision-making authority at the Society, though it delegates the day-to-day management to the CEO and paid staff. It determines how the Society develops and delivers services within its charitable aims and objectives.

You can see our current Board members here.

Trustees are expected to prepare for and attend Board meetings, which generally take place 6-8 times a year at the Society’s Chester-le-Street head office.

While the role is unpaid, travel expenses can be claimed for meetings and participating in other aspects of our work, such as visiting our various services.

Main duties and responsibilities for all Board members:

  • Maintaining an awareness of the business of NEAS.
  • Regularly attending, preparing for and taking a full part in meetings.
  • Ensuring the organisation complies with its Articles of Association, charity law, and any other relevant legislation and regulations.
  • Ensuring that the organisation pursues its aims and objectives, and act at all times in the best interest of NEAS.
  • Ensuring the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives.
  • Contributes actively to the Board’s role in giving firm strategic direction to the Society, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of the organisation.
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
  • Ensuring the financial stability of the organisation, ensuring that it operates within its means and objects, and that there are clear lines of accountability for day-to-day financial management.
  • Protecting and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the proper investment of NEAS funds.
  • Maintaining confidentiality about any sensitive/confidential information received in the course of duties as a trustee.

Read the Charity Commission’s guide to Trustee duties here.

Register your interest here.