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Board Member

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 6th December 2022

  • Advertised from 8th November 2022


Four Square is a dynamic and exciting charity who support people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

We are looking for up to 5 new trustees to join our board. We believe in approach over cv, so if you are open minded and resourceful; embrace change; challenging systems and thinking; can spot opportunities; and are analytical and curious about how to be an excellent organisation, get in touch.

No previous board experience is required.

These are unpaid voluntary positions. Full training and induction is given. Time commitment is 5 board meetings a year; and one away day.

Four Square board member detail

Four Square is a charity that operates in Edinburgh. Our focus is supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We do this by:

  • providing support;
  • providing beautiful homes for people to live in;
  • creating interesting opportunities for learning and work experience;
  • running a large re-use furniture social enterprise which provides these opportunities and brings unrestricted income into our charity.

Our vision is that everyone has a home and a place in their community.

In order to shape our thinking and to ensure that we deliver the best services we can to people who need them, we have recently adopted the Theory of Doughnut Economics as our theory of change. This essentially means that through our strategic plan, we will support people to thrive within the planet’s resources.

We are seeking to appoint up to five new Non-Executive Trustees to our Board, to ensure we have the capacity and skills to oversee the delivery of our strategic plan in line with our values of support, integrity, dignity and excellence

The roles:

These are unpaid voluntary positions;

  • Board members are expected to attend five board meetings a year plus an away day;
  • Board member may choose to be on any committees, such as the finance committee which also has 5 meetings a year;
  • Board meetings and committee meetings are currently held on Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings. Away days are on Saturdays;
  • Board members are appointed for 4 years with an additional four-year term with the agreement of the board.

Skillset we need

We are looking for up to five board members with the following experience and skills:

General: we need open minded and resourceful board members who can support the scaling of our charity in terms of impact and quality delivery; those who have experience of change management; improving and developing organisations; using evidence-based approaches; challenging systems; spotting opportunities; and are analytical and curious about how to be an excellent organisation.

Specific: to support us to realise our strategic plan and our emerging ambitions, we need certain expertise on the board, which does however need to be relevant to running a board. We will buy in professional support and advice when we need it. What we are looking for in a board member is a person who knows enough about an area to ask the right questions and help us make good decisions. With this in mind, we are looking for:

  • People with expertise around property development;
  • People who have worked at a senior level in the charity sector;
  • People with financial knowledge and expertise;
  • People with expertise around fundraising, marketing and communications;
  • People with retail experience;
  • People with general business experience, particularly those who may have run their own business or businesses.

No direct experience of being on a board is needed. We are very open to hearing from first time applicants. Joining a Board and lending you time and expertise can be an amazing way to develop your strategic and leadership skills. A full training and induction process is in place and there are opportunities for mentoring from other board members.

The role of a trustee

Trustees have ultimate responsibility for directing the activity of the organisation, ensuring it is well run and that it is delivering the charitable objectives for which it has been set up.

All trustees undertake to actively govern the organisation, directing and controlling the organisation through collective decision-making and by:

  • Determining Mission and Strategy – actively taking part in setting the organisation’s direction and determining how it will get there through the annual planning process and the business plan/strategic plan.
  • Accountability – agreeing to be held to account for the actions of the organisation and to hold those who carry out the work (staff and/or volunteers) to account.
  • Playing a part in committee renewal, contributing to the recruitment and induction of new trustees.
  • Contributing to effective decision-making and information-sharing processes, positive group dynamics, and taking part in reflection, learning and development as necessary.
  • Being an ambassador for the organisation, representing the organisation externally when necessary.
  • Contributing to the recruitment, selection and supervision of staff / trustees as appropriate.

Application notes

If you are interested in one of these roles, please contact Jane Devine, CEO, Four Square. Jane will issue you with an application pack consisting of:

  • Our strategic plan
  • Our annual accounts
  • Our organisational and board structure chart
  • Our draft new articles of association

You can then submit a letter outlining how you will support Four Square.

For an informal chat, please contact Jane at, who will arrange a call with the Chair of Four square, Gill Scott.

We look forward to hearing from you.