Camcycle – the Cambridge Cycling Campaign – is a registered charity. We promote better, safer and more cycling for all ages and abilities in and around Cambridge as a public benefit.
Camcycle is led by the Board of Trustees . Trustees ensure that our charity has the resources it needs to meet its charitable aims and set the strategic direction of our work. They are responsible for managing our staff team and encouraging Camcycle members to get involved through volunteering. Each year, at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in January, members elect trustees for the upcoming year. The next AGM will take place on Saturday 23 January 2021.
As Camcycle continues to grow in size, influence and capability and to benefit from a range of governance and systems improvements implemented over the last few years, now is a great time to get involved as a trustee.
For 2021, we welcome nomination for all trustee roles and are specifically recruiting for the role of Treasurer. See our advertisement and job description for the Treasurer role.
In this video, our Executive Director and three of our current board members give an insight into the role of trustees.
To nominate yourself as a candidate for a Trustee position, you will need to fill in the nomination form. You will need to confirm that you are eligible to be a Trustee, as defined by the Charity Commission, and that you are a member of the charity, and that you agree to our Trustee Code of Conduct. Please ask any member of the Campaign to endorse you on the nomination form below. Please make sure to submit the form by 5pm 18 December 2020, either by handing it to a Trustee or scanning and sending to our contact e-mail. You will also need to submit a 200-word statement and a photo, these will be shared with members before the election. If elected, your tenure as a Trustee will start immediately.
What are the posts?
There are three statutory positions in the charity: Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.
There are also 7 other Trustees who are members of the board.
The Chair acts as the ‘figurehead’ of the Campaign. Their role is to drive forward our strategy, both in terms of campaigning and our structures. Working with the other trustees and our Executive Director, the Chair will make sure that the Campaign puts forward the best possible approach for improving cycling in Cambridge and ensure that we have the organisational capability to deliver this.
The Secretary is responsible for ensuring we meet our legal obligations such as reporting to the Charity Commission, including preparation and submission of our annual report. They also work on our organisational policies (as opposed to campaigning policies) to ensure we are compliant with various requirements. It’s also part of the Secretary’s role to reach out to new constituencies and build alliances, ensure that subgroups work effectively, seek to increase the involvement of members in our campaigning, and maintain the non- party political status of the Campaign.
The Treasurer is responsible for monitoring and reporting on our finances and ensuring they are properly managed. The role also entails some bookkeeping work and raising invoices as well as tasks related to the Campaign’s charitable status, such as liaising with HMRC to reclaim Gift Aid, completing a tax return and contributing a financial statement to the Trustees’ annual report to the Charity Commission. Over the last few years we have rationalised the tasks required of the Treasurer and created a finance team to help with the work including payroll, invoicing and transaction reconciliation. The Treasurer works closely with our Executive Director to ensure our growth remains financially sustainable. We now use the cloud-based accounting software Xero which integrates with our custom-built cloud-based membership system, Cameo.
A Trustee is responsible for the ensuring that the charity carries out its purposes for the public benefit, that we act in the charity’s best interests, and that we manage the charity’s resources responsibly. We are especially keen for people with skills in legal, human resources, people management, and fundraising (particularly corporate and relationship fundraising) to join the trustee board.