Trade Sexual Health

Free, confidential health advice, information,
services & support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual
and trans communities of Leicester,
Leicestershire & Rutland

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Get on Board

Trade has taken a holistic approach to gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans health and well-being and continues to acknowledge that our ability to create supportive environments for LGB&T people depends not only on our strengths as an organisation, but also on our capacity to build alliances and partnerships that empower all people who confront discrimination because of their sexuality, gender, identity or HIV status.

Trade Sexual Health remains at its core a local charity dedicated to supporting LGB&T people, with firm partnerships with LGB&T communities, stakeholders, voluntary organisations and partners to ensure services are accessible and LGB&T friendly.

Becoming part of the Trade Board of Trustees will enable you to become a central part of this process, ensuring that the highest quality services are provided to our target groups. Help maintain an overview of Trade Sexual Health and to monitor and ensure its effective running and safeguard the values and principles of Trade Sexual Health.

Joining the Board

Each new member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) will be asked to meet with the BOT chair for an induction session prior to the first management meeting they attend. The aim of this meeting is to highlight the role of the group and the responsibilities of a trustee on the BOT.

The meeting will also allow the chair of the BOT to indicate the tools they will need in order to contribute to the management meetings fully (e.g. explanation of jargon, acronyms etc.).

It is also an opportunity for the new Trustee to discuss any queries or issues they may have, so as to allow them to participate fully in the BOT.

We are currently looking to recruit new Board of Trustees with the current skill sets:

  • Human Resources
  • Public Relations
  • Legal
  • Finance
  • Fundraising

To start getting involved, click here to download a Trustee application pack. Alternatively, email to arrange an informal chat with an active Trustee.

Trustee Roles


  • To ensure the smooth running of the business of the BOT.
  • To Chair BOT meetings and Annual General Meeting.
  • To make essential emergency decisions when it is not possible for the BOT to do so.
  • To represent the project when appropriate.
  • To ensure that adequate supervision is provided to the Directors of Trade Sexual Health.

Specific duties:

  • To chair the meeting in a manner that ensures all items are covered, decisions are made, and that what is being voted on and what is decided is clear.
  • Ensure meetings start and end at a set time.
  • To be aware of and to make rulings on Trade Sexual Health’s policies, procedures and constitution.
  • In consultation with the Directors and appropriate BOT members to decide what are emergencies and to make decisions when the BOT is unable to meet.
  • To attend and to be involved in the work of appropriate sub/working groups.
  • To meet with the Directors to ensure the smooth running of Trade Sexual Health.
  • To provide information, support and advice to the Directors.


  • To ensure that Trade Sexual Health operates on a sound financial basis.
  • To agree information on the financial situation of Trade Sexual Health to the BOT.
  • To ensure that clear financial accounts and records are maintained.

Specific duties:

  • To offer assistance on financial procedures to the Finance and Admin officer.
  • To present regular financial reports for the BOT with the Finance and Admin officer.
  • To assist the Directors on budgeting issues.
  • To bring to the attention of the BOT any financial problems or irregularities.

Vice Chair

  • To deputise for and support the work of the Chair of the BOT.
  • To make essential emergency decisions when it is not possible for the BOT to do so and when the Chair is unavailable.

Specific duties:

  • In consultation with the Directors, and appropriate Board of Trustee members, to decide what are emergencies and to make decisions when the BOT is unable to meet and in the absence of the Chair.
  • To be involved in the work of appropriate sub/working groups.
  • To support the development of the board and promote effective governance.
  • To provide support for new trustees.
  • To support the trustee recruitment process and training of trustees.


  • To ensure that accurate minutes are kept of BOT meetings.
  • To take responsibility for correspondence relating to the BOT.

Specific duties:

  • To plan the agenda for the meeting.
  • To make sure that the agenda and other necessary information is distributed appropriately within Trade Sexual Health.
  • To organise the taking of minutes at BOT.
  • To ensure that minutes of these meetings are distributed effectively.
  • To receive and pass on appropriate correspondence pertaining to the BOT.
  • To liaise with the Charities Commission and Companies House.
  • To ensure that the project meets the requirements of a charity.
  • To ensure that the Annual General Meeting is run in line with Charity Commission and Companies House guidelines.
  • To arrange the necessary domestic and administrative support systems to ensure the smooth running of the meeting.

For more information on how you can join the Board at Trade or you have an informal chat with an active Trustee, email

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