Trustee - Secret World Wildlife Rescue
Are you passionate about wanting to help Britain’s Wildlife and its Environment both now and in the future?
Do you have some business skills that you would like to use to help a good cause?
Have you ever thought about giving up some of your time to be a Trustee of a charity?
Secret World Wildlife Rescue (SWWR) is a registered charity (No 1097119) and a company limited by guarantee (No 4672215) which rescues, rehabilitates and releases Britain’s orphaned, injured and sick wildlife. We run the only 24/7 service in the South West and are able to help around 5,000 sick, injured or orphaned animals every year. Through our open days, school visits and work with other wildlife organisations we are passionate about engaging adults and children by educating them about the natural world we live in and the animals that share our environment.
SWWR is an organisation directed by a voluntary Board of Trustees who are also Directors of the Company Limited by Guarantee. The Board employs a staff team to carry out the day to day operational running of the charity which is supplemented by a large team of volunteers.
We are looking to increase the size of our Board of Trustees and are looking for committed and responsible people who are want to help us manage SWWR.
The role of a trustee is to:
· To ensure that Secret World Wildlife Rescue (SWWR) complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
· To ensure that SWWR pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
· To maintain proper financial control and ensure that SWWR applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects i.e. the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are
· To set and maintain vision, mission and values
· To ensure accountability
· To review employment procedures and respect the roles of staff/volunteers
· To support the operational management of the organisation
· To review and monitor the implementation of internal policies, which must include equality and diversity as well as health and safety policies and grievance and disciplinary procedures
· To ensure that risk assessments for all aspects of the business are carried out and reviewed on a regular basis
· To contribute actively to the Board of Trustee’s role in giving firm strategic direction to SWWR, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
· To safeguard the good name and values of SWWR
· To maintain effective board performance and ensure the effective and efficient administration of the SWWR including funding, insurance and premises
· To safeguard the financial stability of SWWR
· Protect and manage the property of SWWR and to ensure the proper investment of the charity's funds
· To promote the work of SWWR
· To act in the best interests of the charity, never in the best interests of yourself or another organisation.
In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board and management reach sound decisions. This may involve:
· Leading discussions
· Keeping up to date with relevant papers and documents
· Focusing on key issues
· Providing guidance on new initiatives
· Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise
· Developing new and existing business and personal contacts to promotion the work of Secret World
You should be able to make time to attend meetings and open days and have business skills that you can bring to the team to help them effectively manage the charity. We are especially looking for candidates that have skills in one or more of the following:-
- Sales & Marketing
- Public Relations
- Information Technology
- Wildlife Animal Care
- Habitat/Wildlife Conservation
We will be holding a number of Open Evenings for potential trustees in October, so please contact us at email@example.com for a Job Description and Person Specification and to book a place at one of our open evenings.
Also have a look at our website www.secretworld.org to find out more about what we do or follow us on Twitter @SWWR
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