Board of Directors
About the Board of Directors
As a member of the Board of Directors (BoD) your primary responsibility is to take a strategic overview of EPAfrica delivery, in line with the charity’s strategy. You will have a team of managers within your purview whose delivery against charity objectives you will need to set, monitor, and support, in part through regular Committee meetings.
You will be the interface between the Trustees, the CEO, and the charity’s operations, and will therefore be responsible for regularly reporting the operational activities of the charity to the Trustees, and taking a strategic overview of your delivery area.
These are challenging and demanding roles, but immensely rewarding, and a great opportunity for development.
Leadership & Oversight
Volunteer Positions on the Board of Directors
There are four volunteer roles on the Board of Directors. Each Director is the chair of one of EPAfrica's Committees.
EPAfrica is run by four committees of dedicated volunteers, who are supported by our CEO, who is our only staff member. Our presence in universities is enabled by our active university societies in London, Oxford, Warwick and Cambridge. Our Trustees oversee our work and ensure that we are pursuing our charitable objectives.
Please note that these roles have been created as part of the ongoing restructure of EPAfrica’s UK operations. Some terms, processes, and areas of responsibility may shift slightly as the new structure beds in and we each become clearer about what it means for our new committees.
BoD members are jointly responsible for the charity’s overall operational delivery and you will be expected to work collegiately and collaboratively with the wider BoD to achieve organisational objectives – particularly where there are interdepencies between BoD areas, which there often are.
Individually, each Director is responsible for:
A visible and approachable BoD will help instill a positive, fun and professional atmosphere in the charity and allow people contribute towards the strategic direction of the charity. Regular emailing, calling, social media activity, meeting in person and attendance at larger social events such as the Summer BBQ and EPAfriPub are all vital in ensuring that morale in the charity remains high and that people remain involved.
The BoD are responsible for managing succession within the leadership of the charity. All Directors should constantly be looking to get people involved and ensure that their skills are used in the right areas. Each Director commits to providing a suitable handover, and adequate support (face to face where possible) to bring their successor up to speed at the start of their tenure
Prioritisation and Coordination
Act as the interface between your Committee and the “bigger picture” within the charity. Ensure that there is cross-talk across all relevant workstreams and being instrumental in providing opportunities for collaboration within the different sections of the charity. Engage with the Trustees to make decisions pertaining to the strategic direction of the charity (eg expansion, new programmes).
Delivering on-time and on-budget
The Directors oversee EPAfrica's annual plan and budget. In addition to overseeing the budget and plan for their own committee, the BoD collectively manages the overall plan and budget, and takes proactive remedial action to reallocate funds and resources between committees as required.
Be innovative, creative and strive each year to make the charity better every year and keep the charity dynamic and forward looking. The Directors jointly own the annual delivery plan for EPAfrica 2020.
Champion EPAfrica's policies (e.g. Risk Assessment Child Protection etc.) and ensure they are adhered to, well known within the charity and built into all of EPAfrica’s activities. Work with the Trustees to manage issues regarding Risk/Legal.
Meetings and Events
Directors attend various meetings to discuss how work within EPAfrica is progressing and to take any decisions that are needed for it to move forward. Meetings held are as follows: