Board Member - Formal Learning and Schools Trustee

The Big Give
County of Herefordshire
0.01 GBP Annual
12 Oct 2017
30 Oct 2017
Contract Type
About us
We are a small independent environmental charity with big ambitions to improve the River Severn catchment and enhance the lives of communities who live along the river. We are expanding our work with schools engaging children and young people in our exciting flagship project Unlocking the Severn.
Can you help?
We are seeking a new Board member to provide expert advice and guidance to staff and Trustees in issues relating to our work with schools.
About Severn Rivers Trust (SRT)
We are a dedicated team of staff who work tirelessly to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of the rivers, streams, watercourses and water bodies in the Severn catchment, and to advance the education of the public in the management of water and the wider environment. In our work with schools, which ranges from tree planting to lantern parades, we place absolute emphasis on hands-on and practical activities that help people try new things, build skills and have positive connections with their environments. Our Board of Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, SRT's management and administration.
Responsibilities & key duties
To be an active Board member; part of an enthusiastic, knowledgeable andsupportiveteamdevelopinghigh quality strategic goals, targets, policies and procedures to support the work and direction of the Trust. To work with the Board Chairperson and other Trustees to ensure that SRT complies with its governing document (its Articles of Association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations. To develop and use contacts and networks to help SRT make a positive impact for the Severn catchment and its communities. To work with the Board to approve budgets and income generation plans to ensure financial stability. Take responsibility, along with other Board members forreviewingandmanagingorganisational risk. Act in SRT's best interests: making balanced and informed decisions,thinkingaboutthelong term as well as the short term, and avoiding putting yourself in a position where your duty conflicts with your personal interests. To have a particular focus helping to steer the development and growth of our education work, including safeguarding children. For more information about the duties and responsibilities of a charity Trustee please see the Charity Commission's guidelines here.
Focus on Formal Learning and Schools
In addition to the duties outlined above, this Trustee role includes using your specific skills, knowledge and experience in education to help the board reach sound decisions in this area. For example, you may be asked to scrutinise board papers, project reports and policies, lead discussions focusing on key issues, and provide advice and guidance on new initiatives or legislation impacting our work with schools.
Time commitment and location
Attend 2 full day Board Meetings per year Attend 1 half day Communities team meeting per year Attend 1Communityevent /activity / site visit per year Reading and responding to communications and papers in preparation for meetings, keeping informed about theactivitiesoftheorganisation and wider issues which affect its work.
The total time commitment is an average of 4-6 hours per month.
Meetings will usually be held in the SRT Offices, Martley, Worcester. Occasionally meetings will be held in other venues within the Severn catchment. Community events will be in different locations across the Severn catchment
Training and support
You will be supported to fulfil your duties and play an active role in our organisation. Support includes:
Induction and orientation to help familiarise yourself with the trust and your new roles and responsibilities Review meetings to check that you are happy in your new role Any additional training that you and SRT's Board agree is necessary for you to fulfil your role (e.g. Health and Safety, First Aid, Safeguarding refreshers) Reimbursement of all travel and subsistence expenses in line with the SRT volunteer policy
About you
Experience working with children in a relevant role and able to offer advice and guidance on issues such as school priorities and safeguarding. Understanding and acceptance of the legal responsibilities of Trusteeship. Willing to devote time and effort to your duties, and travel to meetings and events. Strategic vision and creative thinking, and an understanding that the role of the board is to govern rather than manage (i.e. strategic, not operational). You are confident working at this level. Integrity and readiness to make soundjudgement calls and decisions with far-reaching impact. Ability to manage uncertainty, especially financial, and tight resources. Able to speak your mind and engage well with a group of highly experienced, passionate and confident Trustees. Passion and commitment to environmental conservation, lifelong learning and providing meaningful experiences to help young people connect with their rivers.