General Trustee

Abbeyfield Tamar Extra Care Society Ltd

Name: General Trustee
Organisation: Abbeyfield Tamar Extra Care Society Ltd
Location: Abbeyfield Tamar House, 11 Brest Road, Derriford, PLYMOUTH, Devon, PL6 5XN
Type: Part Time
Trustees are required to attend scheduled quarterly meetings and some ad hoc meetings. Time commitment is to be agreed with fellow trustees and is likely to be commensurate with the maturity of the Society’s business planning process.


Trustees of Abbeyfield member societies are responsible for setting and steering the strategic imperatives of the Society. They provide leadership and vision to ensure the house is full, well-integrated into the community, and provides a quality of life to residents on a long-term basis. Trustees have, and must accept, ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of each society, ensuring that it is solvent and well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the community for which it was set up.

Role Purpose
• To agree and regularly monitor the Society’s strategic direction and ensure that it pursues its objectives in keeping with this
• To actively contribute in giving firm strategic direction to the Society – setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets, evaluating performance against those targets
• To make sound commercial decisions on the future of the Society which are aligned with market demand
• With other Trustees, ensure that the organisation functions within the legal, charitable and financial requirements of a charitable organisation and strive to achieve best practice
• To act in the interests of the Society and to adhere to the overall national Abbeyfield standards such as the Gold Star accreditation or equivalent
• To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Society
• To ensure the financial stability of the Society and the proper investment of funds
• To create a professional staffing structure in each society which supports the business
• To use a range of skills, knowledge and experience to help reach sound decisions. This could include investment of legacy funds or surplus, scrutiny of proposals, leading and initiating debate, providing advice or guidance on new initiatives, making investment decisions or marketing the society to the wider community

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Organisation Description

Abbeyfield Tamar House Care Home is a ‘not for profit’ charity that currently provides residential care to the elderly and is affiliated to The Abbeyfield Society. This organisation initially began by providing supported housing for elderly single people who were finding it difficult to manage living independently. In recent years it has expanded and now provides additional 24 hour cover in residential, nursing and dementia homes worldwide.
Tamar House Residential Home is based in Derriford, Plymouth and is purpose built with 28 rooms, it is totally independent financially from the Society as a whole. We are currently in the initial stages of adding an extension to enable us to provide dementia care to an extra 10 residents which is much needed in the local area.
We are run by a board of volunteer trustees with a full time Care Manager and team of staff who run the home on a day to day basis. We are very fortunate to have a loyal team, many of whom have been with us for a long time. Their dedication and commitment to caring is second to none. Testament to this is the consistently positive feedback from our residents, their relatives and the government inspectorate, the Care Quality Commission.


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Cause / Interests

  • Elderly
  • Health and Hospital and Hospices
  • Human and Civil Rights
  • Mentoring

Types of Activity

  • Business, Management and Research
  • Caring
  • Entertainment
  • Fundraising
  • General and Helping
  • Trusteeship and Committee Work

Skills and Qualifications


Person Specification

Abbeyfield will require:
• A commitment to the aims and objectives of the Society and to promoting it in the interests of residents
• A willingness to give some time and effort
• Strategic vision
• Good, independent judgement
• An ability to think creatively
• An understanding of legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
• An ability to work effectively as a team, contributing an independent perspective
• Possess integrity, objectivity, accountability, honesty and leadership
• Eligibility. Some people are legally disqualified by law from acting as a Trustee including anyone who has an unspent conviction for an offence involving deception or dishonesty; anyone who is an undischarged bankrupt; anyone who has been removed from the trusteeship of a charity by the courts or Charity Commission for misconduct or mismanagement; anyone who is disqualified from being a company director under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986


Along with personal fulfilment trustees can expect reasonable expenses to be payable in line with Abbeyfield’s standard expenses policy. We also give discounted rates to immediate relatives of our trustees.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Yes
Restrictions: DBS check will be required
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: Trustee Insurance is provided free of charge
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Informal discussion, References, DBS Check