Trustee Vacancy

We are currently looking for Trustees to become active members of a small board who are able to use their expertise and influence to shape and manage the West of England Rural Network.  We are particularly interested in individuals who are able to help build a sustainable and strategic development organisation which works to ensure that the voice of the rural community is heard within the emerging City region of the West of England.

The Role
Could you help influence and deliver real change to rural communities? We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic Trustees who are passionate about, and can make a real difference to rural life, to join a small but active board and to use their expertise and influence to shape and manage the West of England Rural Network (WERN).

Person Description
You will have energy, enthusiasm and a real interest in the development of rural communities, additionally either living or working in South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset or Bristol.

What impact will the role have?
You will play a key part in helping rural communities in the West of England to improve their quality of life, particularly of disadvantaged people and as a result to increase long-term sustainability and equality of local community life.

As a Trustees you will also be able to help shape, develop, influence and challenge policy and services impacting rural communities both locally and nationally.

What’s in it for you?
This is a great opportunity to make a positive impact with people and communities who are often sidelined by the activities and demands of larger urban areas. This opportunity provides the right candidate the chance to develop their skills with a small and dedicated staff and Trustee team.

The varied workload of the organisation and networking opportunities will enrich your knowledge and experience in this field together with contributing to the Charity Sector.

Role details
Our office is in Chew Magna south of Bristol and our Board Meetings are held there but we may look to move these particular meetings around the West of England over time.  Additionally Trustees may be asked to attend occasional events or meetings within the area or even on a national basis.

We are also actively looking at ways of remote working using IT and other techniques to make our actions and communication as efficient and effective as possible.

Time commitment
Board meetings are currently held every other month and Trustees would need to allow three hours maximum for the meeting plus reading/preparation time. You should also be able to be available every other alternate month for informal committee meetings of a couple of hours when these are needed.

There will also be an annual away-day with the whole staff/Trustee team where strategic review and planning occurs.

Currently our board meetings are held during the working day but we keep this under review.

Application timescale and procedure
Please call the office for more information and to arrange a visit.  The Role Profile and  Application Form are available for download; the form may be returned to the WERN office at any time.

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