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Trustee Role Description – Clinical secretary

Role title: Clinical Secretary
Accountable to: Board of trustees
Responsible for: Clinical Committee and clinical issues within the BSI
Term of office: Four years

General responsibilities

  • To ensure that the Society complies with its governing document, charity law, company law, and any other relevant legislation or regulation.
  • To ensure that the Society pursues its objects as defined in the governing document.
  • To ensure that the Society applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects.
  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the Society, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and integrity of the Society.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Society.
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity's funds.
  • To assist with the appointment of the Chief Executive and to monitor his/her performance through an agreed process.

In addition to the above statutory duties, every trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge, or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. These may involve:

  • Scrutinising board papers
  • Leading discussions
  • Focusing on key issues
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives
  • Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Additional duties of the Clinical Secretary

  • Liaising with the Royal Colleges and other societies as appropriate
  • Chairing committee meetings of the BSI’s Clinical Committee
  • Attending Congress Committee

Clinical Secretary person specification

  • Several years’ experience within a senior clinical immunology role
  • High level of credibility within the clinical immunology community
  • Willingness to play a proactive role in forging relationships between academia, industry and members of the NHS
  • Membership of the Society is required under the rules
  • Ability to represent the Society and its best interests
  • Commitment to the Society
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgment
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Nolan's seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.
  • Skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
  • Willingness to be available to staff at short notice and on an ad-hoc basis