May 302019

Lay Members - Ampleforth Abbey Trust

Recruiter: Ampleforth Abbey Trust
Location: York
Salary: Non-remunerated
Posted: 28 May 2019
Closes: 25 Jun 2019
Job Function: Lay Member
Industry: Charities

The Ampleforth Abbey Trust is the governing body that oversees the 2,200-acre estate in North Yorkshire which is home to the largest Benedictine monastic community in Britain. Ampleforth has been home to the Benedictine community since 1802. Ampleforth Abbey is a place of inspiration and beauty and this is an exciting opportunity to join the Trust at an exceptional and crucial stage of its history. A recent governance reform marks a step change in the Trust’s structure and this is the first time the Trust has sought independent Lay Trustees to join its Board. This change in governance will support the Trust’s future direction, ensuring an appropriate and comprehensive skills mix amongst its trustees.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate a high level of personal accomplishment alongside experience of successfully fulfilling leadership roles at the very highest levels in organisations of considerable scale and complexity, and/or through public and community service and wider representation. Following a skills audit of current members, the following professional experience/backgrounds have been identified as priorities for recruitment:

  • Health/safeguarding
  • Accountancy/audit/Strategic financial management
  • Estates/land and property expertise/commercial optimisation of Estates
  • Organisational development/human resources/change management

Although it is not necessary for lay trustees to be Roman Catholic we do expect them to identify strongly and align with the values of the Trust and to commit to ensuring the delivery of the charitable objects.

The Board will hold approximately six business meetings each year in Ampleforth and at least one joint meeting with its sister trust the St Laurence Education Trust. In accordance with Roman Catholic Church requirements, the Board will also have a Safeguarding Commission reporting to it, the main function of which will be to have oversight of safeguarding matters in the monastery.

The role is non-remunerated, although reasonable out-of-pocket expenses are paid in line with the Trust’s policy on expenses.

How to Apply

Completed applications should be uploaded at quoting reference 4149. All telephone enquiries, in the first instance, should be directed to +44 (0) 20 7340 6200. The deadline for applications is Midday GMT on 25th June 2019.

Application is by submission of a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter of application. The Trust values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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