Trustee - Othona Community
Background and Context of the Othona Community
The Othona Community was founded in 1946 by Reverend Norman Motley. We run two centres, one on the Dorset Heritage Coast and the other on the Essex Coast. Each has a small residential Core Community led by a Warden who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Centre. The Warden is accountable to the Trustees for its general management and developing life. Please find a link to both Centres which will bring to life the wide variety of weekend and week-long programmes, holidays and retreats offered at each Centre.
We have recently completed a 2 year engagement and community building process to renew our purpose and discern the way forward. This has been an innovative process, combining strategic and community building elements. We are now in a new phase of renewal. We have revised our structures: to liberate new energy and provide greater autonomy to the Centres; and to provide the best set of arrangements to realise the charity’s purpose. Our recently updated mission statement is included below.
The Mission Statement of the Othona Community (Revised March 2012)
Othona is an open and inclusive Community rooted in the Christian tradition and drawing on a wealth of other inspirations. We welcome people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and beliefs to our two centres on the quiet coasts of Essex and Dorset. Through sharing in a daily rhythm of work, learning, worship and play, we seek personal renewal and glimpses of the sacred. In community we explore the relationship between faith and life and encourage one another in caring for the world and its people.
As an outcome of our recent review of the charity we agreed to devolve more authority to the two centres. New Centre Committees, which are in the process of being formed, will have responsibility for the operational finance for the centre, for development planning, fund-raising, marketing and for spiritual welfare – all in a close working relationship with the Warden and his or her ‘Core’ residential community. In order for the Othona Trustees, who bear the legal responsibility for the financial, organisational and spiritual life of Othona to be able to devolve that authority, the Trustees appoint, from among their number, four Trustees to each Centre Committee, one of whom is the Chair of the Centre Commitee. These Trustees are called Centre-based Trustees. There is a separate process to recruit other non-Trustee members to these new Centre Committees. In addition there are four General Trustees. All Othona Trustees, whether Centre-Based or General Trustees, must be committed to the good of the whole of the Community.
We aim to have 12 trustees, our constitution allows for a maximum of 14 trustees. As a trustee body we bear significant responsibility for the well-being - financial, spiritual and organisational - of Othona. Anyone proposing their services as a trustee must have the wisdom and maturity to shoulder that responsibility. From personal experience I can attest to the fact that being a Trustee of Othona is a highly rewarding role: an act of service to enable the Centres to function well and for the ethos and direction of the Charity to be maintained and find practical expression in the world. The Trustee group has a range of people with a diversity of age, life and professional experience and is a stimulating group of which to be a member.
Recruitment of New Trustees
There are currently vacancies for 4 or 5 new trustees. As well as seeking applications from those who have an existing association with the Community we are also actively seeking new Trustees who are sympathetic to Othona’s vision but who have no existing relationship with Othona and who have specific professional experience and skills to bring. We believe our effectiveness as a group of Trustees will be strengthened by this added diversity.
Please consider applying to be a new Trustee of Othona if you have experience and skills that fit one of the following categories:
· General Trustee with experience of people and organisational management, current or recent knowledge of employment legislation to advise the Trustees and the Centres. The commitment would include three Othona Trustee meetings per year (probably one weekend, one evening and one day meeting).
· General Trustee with experience with communications, including social media and IT in all its variety to help us to move forward in the effectiveness of our communications. The commitment would include three Othona Trustee meetings per year (probably one weekend, one evening and one day meeting).
Our process for inviting and selecting new trustees is through a sub-group of the existing Trustees: myself, the Chair of Trustees (Sheila Maxey) and Jan Marshall (Trustee and daughter of the Founder, Norman Motley).
In addition to the websites you may find a copy of the last annual report helpful and the Chair of Trustees summary of the Othona 2010 and Beyond Engagement Process in the form of a talk at the last AGM . If you would like these additional documents please contact me by email.
We invite you to submit a CV and covering letter indicating which of the three vacancies described above is of interest. We recognise some prospective Trustees may have experience that spans more than one of the experience/skill areas. The closing date for applications is Sunday 15 April. CVs and Covering letters should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions after reading the background information and before you send your CV please feel free to contact me either by email or telephone (0771 379 3617).
I look forward to hearing from you and to receiving your application. We will reply to you by the end of April.
Thank you for your time and interest in the Othona Community.
on behalf of the Othona Trustee Recruitment Group (John Watters, Sheila Maxey, Jan Marshall)
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- Addressing needs
- Managing change
- Planning for the future
- Involving people
- Public Service Delivery
- Governance and leadership
- Compact Advocacy programme
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- Collaborative working
- ICT (information and communication technology)
- Climate change
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