Non Executive Director

Job Description

SwitchAid, a trading arm of One Unite partnership, is an Innovative fundraising scheme that is disrupting the energy and telecoms sector. We have developed a proven and scalable model that is attracting and retaining customers in a profitable and sustainable way.

We run as a not for profit fundraising scheme, we save good causes, schools, businesses and individuals money on energy and telecoms. What makes us different is that we give a up to 80 % of our profits back to the charities and good causes we work with.

Based in Team Valley,  Gateshead, we work with charities and businesses throughout the UK.

This role is for an initial term of three years.

One Unite Partnership needs a strong Board with an independent, impartial and experienced Non-Executive Director.

The Benefits

  • Have a significant impact in changing the way the third sector view and approach sustainable fundraising
  • Influence the way charitable organisations engage with their local communities
  • Make a positive impact to the energy and telecoms sectors by influencing the way homes and businesses view switching and engage with suppliers
  • Support organisations & issues that are closest to your heart.

Key Accountabilities

The role of the Non-Executive Director has the following key elements:

  • Strategy – Non-Executive Directors should constructively challenge and help develop proposals on strategy.
  • Performance – Non-Executive Directors should scrutinise the performance of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives and monitor the reporting of performance.
  • Risk – Non-Executive Directors should satisfy themselves on the integrity of financial information and know that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible.
  • People – Non-Executive Directors are responsible for determining appropriate levels of remuneration of Executive Directors, and have a prime role in appointing, and where necessary removing, Executive Directors and in succession planning.

Person Specification


  • Has a great in-depth knowledge of the business sector with a philanthropic mind and a good knowledge of the voluntary sector also.
  • Experience of financial due diligence and risk management for a company that wants to expand quickly.
  • Substantial experience in a leadership role.
  • Ability to work at a strategic level, think creatively and criticise constructively.
  • Good, independent judgement and a willingness to speak your mind.
  • A firm belief in and commitment to the organisation’s purpose.
  • Commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • An understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of being a Non-Executive Director.


  • Understanding of the complexities of wanting to expand a company and how to do it without compromising their values.
  • Experience of strategic planning and financial analysis within a commercial context.

Time Commitment:

  • All directors must be able to allocate sufficient time to the company to perform their responsibilities effectively. Non-Executive Directors will be required to:
  • (i) Undertake that they will be able to allocate sufficient time to meet the expectations of the role, as set out in their letter of appointment, or as agreed from time to time.
  • (ii) Disclose their other significant commitments to the Board before appointment, with a broad indication of the time involved.
  • (iii) Inform the Board of any subsequent changes.
  • A Non-Executive Director should seek the agreement of the Chairman before accepting additional commitments that might impact on their time; he or she would be able to devote themselves to the role as a director of the company would do.
  • All Directors must be able to attend each of the four quarterly Board meetings. The time commitment will be half a day – currently held in Team Valley, Gateshead.


Non-Executive Directors are appointed for an initial term of three years. The term may be renewed if both the director and the Board agree. Appointments are subject to the provisions of the Companies Act and the articles of association, including those relating to election/re-election by the Association Members at annual general meetings and the removal of Directors.

Closing Date for approaches: 31/07/2019

Job Type: Volunteer

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To apply for this role, please complete the form below. If you have any questions please feel free to call us on 0191 303 9404.