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The Paradise Co-operative Trustee – HR lead

This is a voluntary position to join the board of Trustees for the charity at a really exciting time as we induct our new operations team members. The charity has a small team of people, all of whom work part-time: Head of Education, Head of Community Growing, Head of Community Development and a team of Assistant Education leaders.

The current commitment for this Trustee position is a monthly meeting (2 hours, online with at ad hoc in-person meetings) and the lead for the HR responsibilities for the charity, given below which is usually a time commitment of c.2 days per month (flexibly spread across the month to fit around your commitments) We also hope that all members of our Trustee team will get involved in the community garden itself throughout the year, attending volunteer mornings and community days as diaries allow.

We would expect the successful candidate to commit to at least 12 months in role, up to a maximum of 5 years as a Trustee. Notice period for all trustees is 3 months to allow for handover.


  • Ensuring the charity meets statutory requirements for HR
  • Recruitment activity including the responsibility for ensuring the charity follows its safer recruitment policy including overseeing DBS checks
  • Ad-hoc employment law advice
  • Maintenance and upkeep of team records, updating when required
  • Long-term workforce strategy and planning with lead Trustee for finance and chair of Trustees
  • HR policy development
  • Supporting the team leader with advice on team management
  • Being an active and supportive member of the board of Trustees, enabling good governance of the charity

Person specification:


  • You’ll be someone with a passion for community initiatives who wants to help a small charity develop into its next chapter
  • HR professional experience, either current or previous employment
  • Collaborative, supportive and pragmatic in applying HR best practice in a small charity


  • Wandsworth resident
  • Good knowledge of safeguarding / safer recruitment processes (training will be provided if this is not part of your experience)
  • Keen on being outdoors and food growing in a beautiful community space!

The Paradise Co-operative is committed to the development of children in a safe environment where they can grow and learn. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe, and to practice in a way that protects them. All applicants must comply with our charity’s checks for Trustee and comply with all policies to support this responsibility. This role has no direct responsibility for working with children and therefore is not subject to a DBS check.If the responsibilities change at any future date, the applicant would need to undergo all safer recruitment checks including an enhanced DBS check.

The Paradise Co-operative is committed to promoting an inclusive and diverse community for all team members and volunteers. Please contact us if you require any adjustments in applying for this role.

To apply:

Please send a brief expression of interest to Rosie at paradisecoop.hr@gmail.com.

The application process with involve an informal interview with current Trustees.