Jul 102020
 

Independent Chair - Cheshire West Recycling Limited

Location: West Cheshire

Salary: £12,000 pa
Tenure: 2 years
Time Requirements: Usually one to two days per month but in excess of this will likely be required in the early months following appointment

Introduction

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape a new local authority trading organisation wholly owned by Cheshire West & Chester Council delivering waste collection and recycling services to the borough’s 157,000 households.

The company has been operational since the end of March this year and is now looking for an Independent Chair who, along with other Board members, will provide strategic direction and oversee the company’s transition from the previous commercially contracted service to an innovative company with a co-operative ethos at Board Level.

Working collaboratively with key partners of council, staff and community the company will deliver an exceptional waste collection and recycling service while empowering our local communities in supporting the wider climate change agenda.

We are looking for an experienced strategic thinker with demonstrable experience in the waste industry and a high level of commercial acumen.

We need an individual who is politically astute, has an awareness of the challenges and opportunities within the public and private sectors and who will help us deliver our vision for the future.

Cheshire West Recycling Limited is a wholly owned company of Cheshire West and Chester Council. Set up in March 2020, the company provides the household waste and recycling collection on behalf of the council for households across the Borough. The company is limited by guarantee with a co-operative ethos working in partnership with the council, residents and workforce.

The Board structure is an Independent Chair, two non-executive Directors one of which is a Resident Representative Director, two Employee Representative Directors and an Executive Managing Director. The Board also has two observers who attend Board meetings in a non-executive capacity and these are a Local Authority Cabinet Member and a Shareholder/Officer representative.

Board Members are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the company, committing to the established vision and values to ensure its continuing financial viability.

As Cheshire West Recycling Limited is a wholly owned council company the Independent Chair will be expected to carry out proactive engagement with the local authority as the Shareholder. The Chair needs to have an understanding of the political environment in which the company operates.

Co-operative & Social Value Ethos

Below are some of the proposals for embedding a co-operative ethos and ways of working within the company with the three key partners of community, staff and council.

Community Staff Council
Give residents opportunity to influence by providing views on direction of organisation and ways the service could be improved Reduce reliance on temporary and agency labour, focusing on a stable, supported and local workforce Fulfilling a ‘community stewardship role’, acting as the eyes and ears for the council.
Community waste forums, and/or an annual meeting with resident committees Employee directors on the Board Collaborative working with partners and other council companies (e.g. Vivo Offering vulnerable people work experience)
Bespoke locality based initiatives that tackle issues that matter to people in their own community Actively recruit from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups that the council supports (e.g. Workzone, care leavers etc.) Business plan aligned to council priorities – including digital and technology and climate emergency
Engage voluntary sectors, charity organisations, schools and universities Commitment to apprenticeships and training and development opportunities Contribute towards climate change and carbon reduction
Commitment to local employment of workforce and local supply chain networks Partnership working (e.g. with Brio – health & wellbeing for staff and their families) Delivery of service specification and truly accountable for its performance
Empower communities with information and support to reuse and recycle more and to waste less Bespoke employee incentive scheme linked to company values, principles and performance  Robust performance management measures, encouraging innovation and efficiency
Employee ‘have your say’ programme, acted upon by the Board

Role and Responsibilities of the Chair

Internal

  • Chair the CWR Board in a Non-Executive capacity
  • Bring an external, independent perspective and advise the Board accordingly
  • Proactive engagement with the local authority as Shareholder.
  • Assist in setting and revising strategy and objectives
  • Challenge executive directors on their decision making
  • Scrutinise the performance of management against the objectives and values of the company
  • Advise on risk management and internal control frameworks
  • Support the ongoing development of co-operative principles

External

  • Involvement in business development, (working closely with Board and senior team), including stakeholder engagement where appropriate
  • Provide access to useful contacts and networks to help develop the business in line with strategy

Person Specification

Previous Experience

  • Waste/environmental services industry expertise gained in a business development or strategic role within the sector
  • Strategy development, governance, business development and operational experience
  • Chairing business committees or Boards

Skills and Personal Qualities

  • Understanding of Cheshire West Recycling co-operative and environmental ethos
  • In depth knowledge of the waste industry
  • Understanding of corporate health and safety responsibilities
  • Understanding of systems and risk management
  • Good understanding of management accounts and related management information
  • Appreciation of co-operative and social value principles in practice
  • Appreciation of climate change and carbon reduction agenda
  • Strategic thinker and business development orientation with excellent commercial acumen
  • Gravitas to be respected internally and externally
  • Ability to engage constructively with senior management and to challenge on difficult issues in a non-confrontational way
  • Ability to build consensus
  • Successful motivator of senior management
  • Clear and enthusiastic communicator; verbal and written
  • Political awareness and an understanding of the political environment within which the company operates.

Role of the Board

With the Chair as Lead, Board Members share accountability to ensure:

  • the company develops vision, strategy and clear objectives to deliver its organisational purpose
  • that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for the organisation to meet its objectives
  • that there is an understanding at Board level of the external context (national policy; the economic and legislative context; regulation; technological developments ; public expectation)
  • Board members operate with a clear and shared understanding of where multiple accountabilities lie including:
    • To the community and end recipients of the service
    • To partners/commissioners
    • To Cheshire West & Chester Council and its Members as a wholly owned council company
    • To staff, including their health, safety and welfare
  • that the organisation is broadly accountable for operating with transparency and candour
  • that the organisation operates compliantly with all statutory requirements relating to waste processing, environmental protection and health & safety
  • that the organisation operates in line with its stated broad co-operative principles
  • that governing body committees that support accountability and systems of control are properly constituted

The framework below outlines in more detail the competencies required from Non-Executive Directors in fulfilling their role(s)

1. Understanding Context and Formulating Strategy 1.1 Contributes to and communicates a clear, coherent, well informed vision
Provides clarity and aspiration of vision for the organisation as a member of the Board1.2 Contributes effectively to the setting of a clear strategic direction for the Company
Demonstrates an ability to think flexibly into the future; contributes creatively and realistically to planning; can balance needs and constraints; debates effectively. Demonstrates a high level of understanding and insight; able to rise above operational detail and embrace change; and ensures that the strategy is focused on quality outcomes for service users1.3 Contributes to effective strategic decision-making
Contributes to focused debate; offers clear objective thinking; makes a disciplined contribution; seeks transparency and evidence based decisions and facilitates transparency for partners, stakeholders and the public
2.
Performance Management
2.1 Supports the setting of challenging but achievable goals and standards of performance for the organisation
Focus on the goals of the organisation and the priorities agreed by the board2.2 Identifies opportunities to increase the organisation’s business advantage.
Adds to the collective skills of the Board and widening the range of Board perspectives to ensure success; contributes to the management of resources to ensure best value for money, financial sustainability and best judgement in financial and service investment2.3 Takes responsibility for their own performance and behaviour and that of their organisation
Learns from their own successes and mistakes and encourages a culture of learning in the organisation
3.
Governance and Risk Management
3.1 Demonstrates an understanding of the laws and regulations applicable to the waste sector
Understands how the company complies with regulations;

3.2 Demonstrates understanding of and contributes to the organisation’s governance structures, processes and practices
Adheres to governance processes; is aware of and supports the ethical policies and practices of the organisation, supports the board to comply with ethical codes and ethical decision-making

3.3 Supports the structures and systems which enable the organisation to effectively identify, assess and manage risks and crises
Takes a pro-active stance on understanding and managing the risks associated with; the growth of the organisation, its customers and reputation. Raises concerns and follows appropriate risk processes to support Risk Management

3.4 Understanding Council requirements as company owner and commissioner of services. Working collaboratively to build positive and productive relationships within the Council and align Company strategy and actions to Council outcomes

4.
People & Culture
4.1 Models the values of the organisation
Demonstrates behaviour which conforms to high standards of public conduct; Learns from their own successes and mistakes and encourages a culture of learning in the organisation

4.2 Contributes to the process and review of the Board members performance and learning plan
Enables a balance between continuity and renewal within the board membership; supports the identification of learning needs and learning solutions to address these needs

4.3 Contributes to developing a people culture aligned to the businesses vision
Enables a learning cultures, considers the organisations approach to building capability and skills

If you feel you have the necessary qualities to take up this position we would be delighted to hear from you.

To apply please send your CV and a covering email outlining how your skills and experience meet our requirements to:

Gillian.chamberlain@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

To arrange an informal discussion about the role please contact Rob Edmondson, Managing Director
Rob.Edmondson@cwrecycling.co.uk

Closing Date: 5pm, Friday, 31st July 2020

Jul 072020
 

Chairperson & Trustees - The West of England Sport Trust (Wesport)

West of England (Unpaid Volunteer)
www.wesport.org.uk

The West of England Sport Trust (Wesport) is a Registered Charity (1114495) & Company Limited by Guarantee (05794916) and fulfils the role of the Active Partnership for the West of England, which covers Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, working with a network of organisations across this area. There are 43 Active Partnerships across England, all of whom are linked together via the Active Partnerships National Network.

Wesport’s vision is: Improving lives in the West of England through championing, developing, and delivering sport & physical activity. The mission is to: Create, Inspire, and Empower through Sport & Physical Activity. This describes what Wesport aims to achieve in the long-term and serves as a guide for choosing the current and future courses of action.

Wesport is seeking to add to its existing Board of non-executives, an independent Chairperson and additional Trustees to broaden the skills of the governing body. This is a voluntary role requiring approximately 1-2 days per month of Trustee time to fulfil role responsibilities.

Knowledge & Experience

  • Leadership/resource/people management.
  • Leading Strategic planning from a senior management role.
  • Knowledge of the West of England within own industry sector preferred.

Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing at all levels
  • Able to think objectively and make sound, independent judgements

The following areas have been identified as desirable areas of expertise:

  • Finance / accountancy
  • Fundraising (charitable, commercial and / or grants)
  • Marketing / Public relations / social media
  • Legal
  • Health and / or social care
  • Human Resources
  • Education
  • Sports background (elite, volunteer and / or coaching)
  • Experience of working with traditionally "hard to reach" groups
  • Community development
  • Personal development
  • Public sector knowledge / engagement

Main responsibilities

  • To determine the overall direction and development of Wesport through good governance
  • To ensure that the policies of, and delivery by, the Trust match its Charitable objectives.
  • To ensure the Trust has a clear purpose, vision and strategic direction, and is focused on achieving these
  • To safeguard the Trust’s good name and values
  • To further the strategic objectives of Wesport, acting in the best interests of the Trust at all times and supporting its development through participation in agreed projects
  • To act as a guardian of the Trust’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application
  • To ensure that the Trust’s governance is of the highest possible standard
  • To work in partnership with other Trustees, the Chief Executive and other senior staff
  • To advocate for and represent Wesport positively at meetings, events or conferences

The Role of the Chair

  • Leading and managing the Wesport Trust Board including chairing meetings
  • Liaising with the Chief Executive to ensure that the Board actively and comprehensively
    manages the Company’s business
  • Ensuring that the Board and the Chief Executive carry out the legal responsibilities
    relating to a company limited by guarantee & a registered charity, its work and its staff
  • Promoting and working as an advocate of the role and objectives of Wesport
  • Building and maintaining working relationships with a range of key partners and
    stakeholders from the public, private and third sectors

The Recruitment Process

Moon Executive Search has been appointed as chosen Search Partner to Wesport and will manage the recruitment process.

To register your interest, please send a copy of your latest CV or biography together with a supporting statement, explaining your motivations for applying for the role, how your skills, knowledge and experience match the requirements sought. To Sandy Hinks, Head of Charity Practice via sandyhinks@moonexecsearch.com quoting MC02091 “WESPORT”.

Moon Executive Search is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all areas of society.

Wesport is part of the Active Partnerships Network, comprising 43 organisations across England

Sep 272019
 

Trustee - Priest's House Museum Trust

Business / Organisation Name: Priest's House Museum Trust
Business / Organisation Sector: Not-for-Profit
Business / Organisation Website: http://priest-house.co.uk/
Business / Organisation Type: Charity or Not-for-Profit
Role Title: Trustee
Remuneration: Pro Bono

Role Description

The Priest’s House Museum is an award winning independent museum located in the centre of Wimborne Minster. We serve communities across East Dorset, providing a wide range of outreach activities and learning programmes.

The Museum has been awarded Heritage Lottery funding in June 2018, totally £1.6M for an exciting major re-development of the Museum incorporating the East Dorset Tourist Information Centre that will transform our visitor offer and enable us to reach out to and engage with new audiences.

The Trust is seeking to appoint up to two new Trustees to join the Trustee Board, with a view to being formally appointed by Thursday 28 November 2019 AGM, who can bring experience and skills in the following areas:

  • Accountant/treasurer – who could be from any type of accounting, tax and wider finance background
  • Running/being involved and familiar with a small and / or medium sized charity and / or business and including interpretation of management accounts and to be strategic at the same time
  • Commercial and financial acumen
  • Fundraising including from bespoke events, business, community, grants and foundations, individual and legacy giving etc.
  • Dorset and wider networks
  • Hospitality and Leisure/Tourism

In order to support us to deliver this exciting project and to develop the Trust’s longer term ambitions we are seeking trustees who are diplomatic, be able to present ideas and challenge points in a convivial manner and have the ability to get on with trustees, staff and volunteers. The role of Trustee is non-executive, providing a rewarding opportunity to use your expertise and experience to support and shape our future.

The Trust is seeking to diversify the board as widely as possible and welcomes applications from all ages and backgrounds including those who may not have been a trustee before. The Trust is open to applicants from beyond the East Dorset area, although any trustee must be available to attend 4 board meetings each year, to sit on one of the committees and equally to support with attendance at museum events and ad hoc volunteering.

For an initial informal discussion and recruitment pack please contact:

Deadline for applications: Friday 18 October 2019

Panel review of applications: Friday 25 October 2019

Interview date: Friday 1 November 2019 (backup Thursday 31 October)

Application Details

Please post or email your application, in confidence, to:

David Morgan
Chairman
Priest’s House Museum and Garden
Museum of East Dorset
23-27 High Street
Wimborne Minster
Dorset BH21 1HR
museum@priest-house.co.uk

Closing Date: 18/10/2019
Contact Telephone: 01202 882533
Contact Email: museum@priest-house.co.uk

Sep 142019
 

Trustee - TimeBank

Business / Organisation Name: TimeBank
Business / Organisation Sector: Not-for-Profit
Business / Organisation Website: http://www.timebank.org.uk
Business / Organisation Type: Charity or Not-for-Profit
Role Title: Trustee
Remuneration: Expenses only

Role Description

We believe that you get more out of volunteering than you put in. Do you?

Join us as a trustee of TimeBank, the national volunteering charity, and help us build on the success of our volunteer projects that tackle some of the most complex social issues in our society. You’ll join a group of dedicated trustees who are passionate about our work, who share a collective pride in what we’ve achieved and have huge ambitions for our future as TimeBank celebrates 20 years in 2020.

Application Details

Please go to http://www.timebank.org.uk/about/vacancy/trustees-wanted where you can download a Trustee Application Pack; provide contact details for two referees and send your CV, covering letter and completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to: chiefexecutive@timebank.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 7th October.

Successful candidates will be invited for an interview with our Chair, Peter Beeby, Chief Executive Phil Pyatt and another member of our trustee board.

Closing Date: 07/10/2019
Contact Name: Phil Pyatt
Contact Telephone: 02031110701
Contact Email: phil@timebank.org.uk

Aug 162019
 

Chair - Sussex Wildlife Trust

Business / Organisation Name: Sussex Wildlife Trust
Business / Organisation Sector: Not-for-Profit
Business / Organisation Type: Association
Role Title: Chair
Remuneration: Unpaid

Role Description

We are looking to continue to reflect key business experience through our board of trustees and are seeking to recruit two additional representatives with a combination of significant project management and/or fundraising and marketing expertise.

The successful candidates will be familiar with the responsibilities of both charity governance and management and have experience of being a trustee, advising on effective strategic direction as well as development and implementation of major capital projects, such as the set-up and development of visitor centres, and/or fundraising.

In addition, experience of Health & Safety, HR knowledge and chartered accountancy skills would be advantageous.

This role is voluntary and unpaid. If you have experience in any of these areas and would like to help us make Sussex a place for nature’s recovery, we would very much like to hear from you.

Application Details

Please send your up-to-date CV along with a covering letter to the Chief Executive Office, swtceoffice@sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk or telephone 01273 497526 for an informal talk.

Closing Date: 30/09/2019
Contact Name: Maria Jonsson
Contact Telephone: 01273 497526
Contact Email: swtceoffice@sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk

Aug 132019
 

Non-Executive Chair - Pressure Technologies Plc

Non- Executive Chair required for Leading Designer & Manufacturing AIM Listed Company serving Global Energy, Defence & Industrial Gases Market

Role: 1084

A Non-Executive Chair is required for Pressure Technologies Plc, an AIM Listed designer and manufacturer of high-integrity, safety-critical components and systems serving global supply chains in oil and gas, defence, industrial gases and hydrogen energy markets.

Pressure Technologies is UK based with businesses serving a growing blue-chip customer base. The Group has two divisions: Precision Machined Components and Chesterfield Special Cylinders, with a total of 220 employees across five operational sites in the UK and two regional offices in Germany and the USA.
Pressure Technologies is seeking a Chair who will work closely with the Executive to deliver growth and create value. The Chair will understand the business, mentor and support the Executive team and have a good grasp of AIM governance and guidelines.

The appointment will be for an initial three year term, reviewed annually. The Chair will be expected to work 2-3 days per month for Board and Committee meetings, strategy reviews and workshops. Meetings are held six times per year in Sheffield.

In addition to the Chair role, Pressure Technologies is also seeking to add two Non-Executive Directors who can contribute effectively to the Board. Candidates should have experience of being an Executive or Non-Executive Director, ideally in manufacturing (see separate role specs).

This role will close on 11pm, Thursday, 22nd August 2019

Please click here to log on to our website for further information and to complete an application form.

Dec 112018
 

Chair & Non-Executive Director - ZOO Digital Group plc

Role: 1069

A Non-Executive Chair is required for ZOO Digital Group plc, a fast-growing and ambitious AIM-listed tech disruptor with a current market cap of c£100m. ZOO offers a range of software-based services to showcase, localise and distribute movies, TV shows and other digital content. The company is based in UK (London & Sheffield) and the US (California).

ZOO’s services help Hollywood studios, global broadcasters, online retailers and independent distributors reach audiences in nearly every country of the world. ZOO’s vision, based on its innovative technology and thinking, is to be the “go-to” service partner for TV and movie businesses to deliver content to consumers in any language and on any platform, a market with an estimated current value of $3bn and growing at over 10% pa.

ZOO is seeking candidates who are prepared to work closely with the CEO and have a focus on the medium to long term growth of the business, collegiate in approach and able to bring together the views of the ZOO Board members to ensure high quality decision-making to support the development of strategic plans that will underpin significant international business growth.

The Non-Executive Chair will be appointed for an initial three year term and will be expected to work 2-3 days per month (formal & informal time) for Board & sub committee meetings and strategy away days. Meetings are held in London and Sheffield and include one meeting per year held in the US; remuneration will be £45k per annum (to be reviewed in year 2).

In addition to the Chair role, ZOO is also seeking to add a Non-Executive Director who can contribute effectively to the Board; candidates should be able to demonstrate involvement with one or more disruptive, rapid growth companies.

This role will close on Monday 7th January 2019

Please click here to log on to the First Flight website for further information and to complete an application form.

Nov 012017
 

Non-Executive Director Digital/Business Experience - Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) is the professional membership body for Speech and Language Therapists with over 17,000 members. The RCSLT head office is in London with satellite offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The RCSLT is looking to appoint an expert in digital technology to join our Board of Trustees.

Along with the general duties for a Trustee, we hope that the successful individual will bring the following to this specific role:

  • Provide thought leadership on the role of digital in the organisation’s vision.
  • Highlight the opportunities and the risks of digital, in terms of RCSLT’s strategy in general.
  • Translate the risks and opportunities of digital for other Trustees, to enable the Board as a whole to engage in an informed way, including the evaluation of new proposals.
  • Champion the use of data analytics in Board discussions and in driving the delivery and improvement of recruitment and retention of members.
  • Draw on networks to support RCSLT’s work.

The selection process is by means of a covering letter stating how you feel you fulfill the requirements of the role, a CV and a completed skills matrix. If you are short-listed, there will be an interview at our London offices.

The role specification and skills matrix are downloadable and more information about the RCSLT can be found here www.rcslt.org. Interested candidates are invited to contact the CEO for an informal discussion by phoning 0207 378 3007.

The successful applicant's term of office would run from appointment to the RCSLT’s Annual General Meeting at the end of September/October 2020, with the expectation of a three year term which is renewable annually.

The closing date is 20 November 2017 and you will be informed if you have been short-listed for interview by 30 November. Interviews will be at our London offices on 13 December.

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