National Energy Foundation

Remote / Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Volunteer • Part Time

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


Salary: Unpaid. Expenses incurred while travelling to meetings

Hours: Five meetings a year. Additionally, trustees are invited to the AGM and occasional additional activities (including a potential annual ‘away-day)

Location: These roles can be nationally based, although travel to meetings primarily held in Milton Keynes will be required. Meetings are a mixture of online and in-person.

Closing date: TBA

NEF Summary: The NEF is an independent, national charity based in Milton Keynes, and has been at the forefront of improving the use of energy in buildings since 1988. It aims to give people, organisations and governments the knowledge, support and inspiration they need to understand and improve the use of energy in buildings. The NEF achieves this through:

  • Delivering practical projects – using our experience and expertise. Current projects include several aimed at alleviating fuel poverty for those most in need, and projects aimed at increasing energy efficiency in buildings. 
  • Inspiring action – providing building owners and occupiers with the encouragement, advice and real-life examples to achieve better performing buildings.
  • Advancing knowledge - supporting collaboration to drive forward the frontiers of knowledge, innovation and practice.
  • Identifying and addressing market failures using evidence, analysis and ideas.

Trustee Duties

The Charities Act 1993 defines charity trustees as those responsible under the charity's governing document for controlling the administration and management of the charity. This is the case regardless of the terminology used to describe the role.

The duties of a trustee Board Member are to:

  • Ensure that the NEF complies with its governing document (its Articles of Association).
  • Ensure adherence to charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • Ensure that the NEF pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
  • Ensure the NEF applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects.
  • Contribute actively to the board of trustees by giving firm strategic direction to the NEF.
  • Set overall policy, defining goals and targets; and evaluating performance against these agreed targets.
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of the NEF.
  • Ensuring the financial stability of the NEF.

In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, and evaluating or offering advice on other areas in which the trustee has particular expertise.

Person Specification

Each trustee must have:

  • A commitment to the mission of the NEF.
  • A willingness to meet the minimum time requirement.
  • Integrity.
  • Strategic vision.
  • Good, independent judgement.
  • An ability to think creatively.
  • A willingness to speak their mind.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship.
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of NEF.

The board of trustees collectively needs skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Financial management, income generation and enterprise.
  • Public policy and public affairs – particularly in the energy and built environment sector.
  • National and local voluntary sectors.
  • National and local government and statutory bodies.
  • Digital strategies.
  • Trading subsidiaries, social enterprises and joint ventures.
  • Human resource management.
  • Funding/foundations.
  • Collaborative partnerships.
  • Quality Management Systems.
  • Strategic charitable business development.
  • Social investment and impact.

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