Nov 192018
 

Trustees/Directors - Tarbat Historic Trust

Reference: 1555
Remuneration: Unremunerated
Location: Portmahomack
Closing date: 22 December 2018 at midnight

Tarbat Historic Trust runs a busy museum and visitor centre in Portmahomack, Tarbat Discovery Centre, which tells the important story of the site's history as a monastery, centre for stone-carving and intellectual hub in the Pictish/early Christian period, as well as telling the stories of local social and natural history.

As we move into the next phase of our development with our Strategy 2018-25, we are seeking new Trustees/Directors for our charity and limited company.

We are especially seeking a Chairman, to succeed our current incumbent, who stands down next year; we also seek those with skills in local networking or with business experience. Full induction and governance training will be given.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact us for further details and an application form, for return by 22 December. If selected for nomination, your application will be considered at our AGM in January.

Application Information

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Nov 192018
 

Board Members - Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management)

Reference: 1558
Remuneration: £207 per day
Location: Various locations throughout Scotland
Closing date: 09 January 2019 at midnight

Scottish Ministers are looking to make up to two appointments to the Board of Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management). Applicants must demonstrate experience, knowledge and expertise in at least one of the following:

  • Optimising value from Investments;
  • Strategic People/Change Management;
  • Communications/External Engagement/Digital Communications.

General Information

CES(IM) is a self-financing Statutory Public Corporation responsible to the Scottish Ministers and also accountable to the Scottish Parliament. Scottish Ministers secured the devolution of the management and revenue of the Crown Estate from 1 April 2017. At the point of devolution last year, CES(IM) undertook management of the assets of the Crown Estate in Scotland.

The Crown Estate assets in Scotland were valued at around £275 million in 2017 and generated gross annual revenue of around £14.7 million during 2017/18. Gross revenue for 2018/19 is projected at £16.4 million and the net revenue is paid into the Scottish Consolidated Fund.

The assets include a number of large estates and commercial properties as well as the leasing of the seabed out to 12 nautical miles, mineral and salmon fishing rights and approximately half of the foreshore including 5,000 licensed moorings and 850 aquaculture sites. Only the assets being utilised are included in the current capital valuation so the potential total value is much greater, particularly for seabed leasing opportunities.

The Scottish Crown Estate Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament in January 2018. The Bill proposes a new framework for management of Scottish Crown Estate assets. The Bill reforms the legal framework on how the Scottish Crown Estate assets can be managed, including new powers to change who can manage the assets and enable the manager to take account of wider economic, social and environmental benefits when making decisions on use of the assets.

Information about Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management)

CES(IM) currently uses ‘Crown Estate Scotland' as a trading name. In addition to the Board, CES(IM) has approximately 40 staff who are not civil servants. CES(IM) operates under a Framework Document which describes the relationship with Scottish Ministers and further information on functions (including powers and duties). It can be accessed through this link.

Board Member Duties and Responsibilities

Board Members provide active and effective direction, support and guidance to ensure that CES(IM) delivers, and is committed to delivering, its functions effectively and efficiently and in accordance with the aims, policies and priorities of the Scottish Ministers. They provide a strong ‘challenge function', carefully scrutinising planned and underlying assumptions before decisions are taken. In exercising this function, where necessary, they will challenge other members and senior officials.

Specific roles and responsibilities may vary but, unless otherwise agreed, Board Members will:

  • prepare for, and attend, meetings of CES(IM) and its committees;
  • attend other meetings and seminars on behalf of CES(IM) (as required);
  • assist in the development, approval and monitoring of the Body's corporate plans which demonstrate how CES(IM) contributes to National Outcomes;
  • approve, where appropriate, a statement of accounts for each financial year on the basis determined by the Scottish Ministers;
  • monitor the financial position of CES(IM) against budget allocations and key financial targets and ensure corrective action is taken where required;
  • establish good partnership working with other organisations and participate in reference groups, discussion forums and open meetings (as required); and
  • carry out other tasks that may reasonably be required.

Experience, Knowledge and Expertise

As indicated previously, applicants must demonstrate experience, knowledge and expertise in at least one of the following:

  • Optimising value from Investments;
  • Strategic People/Change Management;
  • Communications/External Engagement/Digital Communications.

Key Skills

Applicants must also demonstrate a number of key skills:

  • longer term planning/seeing the bigger picture;
  • managing performance;
  • constructive and supportive challenge - working as part of a team;
  • communication, collaboration and influencing.

Length of Appointment

The appointments are for up to three years with the possibility of reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance and satisfying the skills and knowledge required at the time of reappointment and beyond. Reappointment is not automatic. Any appointment and subsequent reappointment will not exceed a maximum total of eight years.

Time Commitment and Remuneration

The time commitment for a board member is expected to be on average two days per month - a maximum of 24 days per year. This includes a mixture of board/committee meetings, reading and preparation, and meetings with stakeholders and partners which may be during the day or in the evening. Overnight stays may occur three to four times each year.

Given that the Crown Estate's assets are located throughout Scotland, meetings will take place within and outwith the Central Belt and, therefore, Members will need to be able to travel. Board Members may, with the agreement of the Chair, participate in meetings by using video conferencing facilities.

Remuneration and Expenses

A fee of £207.00 per day (non-pensionable) is payable. Reimbursement will also be made for all reasonable travel and subsistence costs and any reasonable dependant/carer expenses, including child care, incurred whilst undertaking Board duties and for support required to help members carry out their duties effectively. No pension scheme will be provided.

Further information

An application pack and full details on this and other public appointments can be found via the link below.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 9 January 2019.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland's public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities, and people aged under 50. The public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.

Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity and treatment to all applicants. The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to meet the person specification and participate fully in the selection process.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality

Application Information

Please apply online. If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898, by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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Nov 192018
 

Non-Executive Director - Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Recruiter: Odgers Berndtson
Location: London
Salary: £24,500
Posted: 16 Nov 2018
Closes: 14 Dec 2018
Ref: 69408
Position/Level: Board
Responsibilities: Executive Management, Strategy
Sector: Financial Services
Contract Type: Part-time
Language: English

Non-Executive Director

c.30-35 days per year

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is the UK’s compensation scheme for financial services, helping people get back on track by protecting them when authorised financial services firms fail. FSCS is independent, covers all regulated financial services in the UK and is unique internationally for the scope of the protection it provides. The Scheme protects deposits in banks, building societies and credit unions; insurance; investments; investment and pension advice; home finance advice; debt management and related products.

The FSCS has undergone a period of fundamental change following the financial crisis and it is now established as a high profile and trusted part of the financial system in the UK: underpinning public confidence in the system for consumers and business alike.

The board seeks a new Non-Executive Director who can work with the board in its key priority: to provide a trusted compensation service for consumers delivering compensation in a quick and efficient manner. The right candidate will bring extensive experience of the UK retirement savings, pensions and advisory markets. S/he will also contribute to raising public confidence in the financial services industry and the board’s collaboration with the regulators and industry to prevent future failure through the sharing of information and intelligence.

Role:

  • Contribute to the effective governance of the FSCS’s activities, delivery of its statutory responsibilities and pursuit of its vision and objectives.
  • Work with the board to develop an agreed strategy and detailed business plans for FSCS including delivering change and being prepared to respond to future failures.
  • Bring expertise and insights into the retirement savings pensions and advisory markets to inform the board’s strategy, future planning and decision making in the sector.
  • Help foster FSCS’s active engagement with the sector, including providers, intermediaries, platforms etc.

Candidates:

  • A successful track record in leadership roles in retirement and pensions provision and advice. This could have come from experience within a leading provider, intermediary or advisor.
  • Candidates need not have had prior main board NED experience.
  • Clear understanding of the role and responsibilities of a non-executive director – including those of governance and accountability.
  • Experience of regulated environments and a good understanding of what it means to hold a board position in a public organisation.
  • Able to grasp a wide range of complex financial issues; excellent communication skills; readiness to listen to the views of others; able to challenge constructively; exceptional judgement; high level of integrity.
  • Applications from candidates who are still in the executive phase of their careers would be welcome, subject to agreement from their employer and potential conflicts.

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Nov 192018
 

Non-Executive Director - VC-backed technology company - Newcastle upon Tyne

Our client is a highly innovative, VC-backed technology company ready to move into the next phase of its development – a tremendously exciting time with incredible potential. With major investment pending, they are looking to appoint an seasoned Non-Executive Director (NED/NXD) to their highly experienced team.

As NED/NXD your responsibilities will include:

  • Challenging and contributing to the development of strategy, through a clearer and/or wider view of possible factors influencing the business and its environment
  • Scrutinising and monitoring the performance of management in meeting-agreed goals and objectives, including contributing to succession planning
  • Ensuring financial information is accurate and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible
  • Benefitting the company's and board's effectiveness through outside contacts and opinions – connecting both with networks of useful people and organisations
  • Providing independent views on resources, appointments, standards of conduct
  • Board performance evaluation including addressing issues and benchmarking

As NED/NXD you will need:

  • Appropriate/aligned board level experience, preferably with a strong background in Marketing, Health and Insurance
  • Clear understanding of the role and responsibilities of a non-executive director – including those of governance and accountability.
  • Experience of regulated environments and a good understanding of what it means to hold a board position in a private organisation
  • The ability to grasp a wide range of complex financial issues; excellent communication skills; a readiness to listen to the views of others; the ability to challenge, support and influence constructively; exceptional judgement; high level of integrity.
  • Applications from candidates who are still in the executive phase of their careers are welcome, subject to agreement from their employer and avoiding conflicts of interest

Please note: High levels of interest mean we will only contact you if your application is shortlisted and this will happen within five working days. You must also be eligible to work in the UK.

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Nov 192018
 

Chair - The Loss Foundation

Organisation: The Loss Foundation
Reference:
Vacancy Type: Chair
Deadline: 21st December 2018
Region: London

Vacancy Details

A pioneering charity which supports people bereaved by cancer requires a Chair

The organisation

6,450 people are bereaved by cancer a day in the UK. 20% of people will affected by this will require specialist support in dealing with the grief. The Loss Foundation is the only UK charity which is dedicated to providing bereavement support following the loss of someone to cancer. Established in 2010 by Clinical Psychologist Dr Erin Hope Thompson, she founded the charity after witnessing and experiencing the lack of support available following the death of her Father in 2008.

In 2017 the charity helped 350 people with in-person support, and another 27,000 via email, telephone and online support. However, the foundation is now embarking on an ambitious goal to become a nationwide reaching charity so that everybody bereaved by cancer in the UK has access to support.

As well as providing the gold standard support for everyone bereaved by cancer, the foundation is also tackling the taboo of grief in society.

At its heart, the foundation is providing accessible and varied support to people bereaved by cancer and helping them learn to compassionately support themselves, carrying out research to learn best practice in grief support. Furthermore it is creating a national pathway of cancer bereavement support for people at any point after their loss.

The opportunity

We are proud of our growth and evolution over the past eight years, but we know we could do better – the majority of people across the country still get no support. And yet we know that social isolation increases the risk of mental health issues and suicidal ideation.

We are now looking to design and launch a service that will allow us to serve more people than we ever could in person. We are going to take what we have learned about supporting people really well in person and expand it across the country using digital technology. The aim is to create a pathway of support that is not limited by geography, so people never have to hear that there's no support for them (which is what so many people currently hear). For example, creating relationships with our users and sending them resources to help them along the way, helping connect people in their local areas, and more.

In order to make this happen, we are looking to recruit a Chair who will provide the leadership and support needed to make our ambitions a reality.

The person

Irrespective of sector background, we are looking for a Chair with experience of helping organisations scale quickly. We are keen to hear from people who are open-minded to new and innovative ways of doing things, who are well-networked and who can bring energy to the role.

Board meetings are in London and the board meets 4 times a year. It is expected that the Chair will contribute minimum 1 day per month to the role.

Advert Start Date: 16th November 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 03002004112
Contact Name: Erin Thompson
Contact E-mail: info@thelossfoundation.org
Url: www.thelossfoundation.org

Nov 192018
 

Chair in common - Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust & Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

We are looking for an exceptional leader to chair Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust at what is a pivotal time of change for the NHS. This is a unique opportunity at this important time for both trusts.

This is a unique opportunity to share your talents and expertise to lead the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.

The Chair in common will provide the leadership needed to drive the continued improvement of the healthcare services the Trust provides its patients and the local community, both now and in the future.

There will be many challenges along the way, but the most challenging roles are often the most rewarding.

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT) is a major provider of specialist all age Mental Health, Learning Disability, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Children’s universal Community Services with staff based on over 40 locations across Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley. With a turnover of £100m, BCPFT employs over 2000 staff.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) is a major provider of comprehensive all age Mental Health services from 28 locations across Dudley and Walsall. With a turnover of £69m, DWMHPT employs around 1,100 staff.

We are looking for candidates who want to use their energy, skills and experience to help drive the delivery of sustainable healthcare services for the people of the Black Country. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds who can apply their experience from different sectors, as well as from health, to this demanding role.

For more information, you can get in touch with:

NHS Improvement – to request an information pack and for general enquiries contact Leslie Horn on 0300 123 2057 or by emailing leslie.horn@nhs.net

If you would like more information about the trusts then contact the Company Secretaries as set out below.

We strongly encourage potential candidates to contact the trusts with informal and confidential enquires. These are welcomed and can be arranged by contacting; either Andy Green, Company Secretary, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust , at andy.green3@nhs.net or telephone 0121 612 8072, or Paul Lewis- Grundy, Company Secretary, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health NHS Trust at paul.lewis-grundy@nhs.net or telephone 01384 324523.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 21 December 2018 at noon.

The shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet with the Chief Executives and key stakeholders during the week commencing 14 January 2018 (date and venue to be confirmed).

Interviews will be held on 18 January 2019 at a venue to be confirmed.

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.

We particularly welcome applications from women, people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and non-executive roles.

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Code of Governance to ensure that they are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed.

Nov 162018
 

Non-executive Director - North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

We are recruiting a Non-executive Director for North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust. This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.

M1800

Essential criteria

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will have senior or board level organisational development expertise with experience of leading organisational and cultural change and the ability to attract a diverse workforce.

Desirable criteria

Experience working in one or more of the following would be an advantage but is not essential:

  • experience working with local Universities
  • experience of engaging with diverse social, economic and cultural groups served by the organisation, particularly the black and minority ethnic communities.

You will need to be able to demonstrate you can use your experience to:

  • work alongside other non-executives and executive colleagues as an equal member of the board
  • bring independence, external perspectives, skills and challenge to strategy development
  • hold the executive to account by providing purposeful, constructive scrutiny and challenge
  • shape and actively support a healthy culture for the trust

All non-executive directors must champion the standards of public life – by upholding the highest standards of conduct and displaying the principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.

As a future NHS leader, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the range of behaviours required to contribute effectively in this board level role.  These are outlined in the NHS Leadership Academy’s Healthcare Leadership Model.

Applicants should ideally live within a 30-mile radius of the trust or have strong connections with the area the trust serves.

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.

We particularly welcome applications from women, people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and non-executive roles.

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Code of Governance to ensure that they are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed.

Application documents

  • Information Pack (M1800) PDF, 434.4 KB
    This is a comprehensive information pack for candidates, which explains the requirements to undertake the role, as well as details of how to apply and information about the trust.
  • Monitoring form (M1800) DOCX, 199.4 KB
    We like to monitor information to establish who applies for our roles and to ensure no group is treated unfairly. Your answers will be treated confidentially and will not be shared with the selection panel unless explicitly stated.

Key dates

  • Closing date for applications 20 November 2018 at 11am
  • Interview date W/C 10 December 2018
  • Proposed start date January 2019

* Read the information pack to find out how to apply and forward your completed application to NHSI.Chairsandneds@nhs.net

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Government’s Principles of Public Appointments and Governance Code and are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed. This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments

Find out more

  • The Trust – for an informal and confidential discussion with David Rogers, the Chair of the trust, please contact Mandy Brown on 01782 441632 or by emailing mandy.brown@combined.nhs.uk
  • NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Todd Fleming on 0300 123 2922 or by emailing  todd.fleming@nhs.net

Nov 162018
 

Non-Executive Director - Welsh Target Shooting Federation (WTSF)

Role Title: Non-Executive Board Directors
Time Commitment: Approximately 1-2 days per month
Remuneration: Voluntary (With reasonable expenses)
Location: Board Meetings are currently held in South Wales

Acorn Executive Search is pleased to be working as a strategic partner with the Welsh Sports Association, in the recruitment of NEDs for the Boards of their governing bodies.

The Welsh Target Shooting Federation (WTSF) was officially recognised by the Sports Council of Wales, Sport Wales, in January 1996 as the National Governing Body (NGB) of target shooting in Wales.

Target shooting is an Olympic and Commonwealth Games sport and Wales is proud of its record in winning a medal at every Commonwealth Games since it was introduced into the Games in 1966; target shooting was the top performing sport at Gold Coast 2018, winning five medals. The objective of the WTSF is to promote, develop, extend, govern and administer the sport of target shooting throughout Wales and to bring together the members of the four Shooting Associations in order to achieve these objectives.

We are now seeking Directors to join the board who can broaden the skills base and diversity of the board and support the next stage of growth and development in this exciting organisation.

Role Summary

  • To contribute to the formation of the organisation's mission, vision, values and strategy
  • To provide direction and support for members and volunteers, helping them achieve the aims of the organisation
  • To monitor and evaluate the implementation of policies and agreed objectives
  • To ensure that internal controls are effective
  • To ensure that communications both to and from members are effective
  • To create and maintain positive and productive relationships with stakeholders.

Skills

The WTSF welcomes applications from individuals who could be considered independent from the sport of shooting, but who can demonstrate an interest in developing the sport, as well as being able to contribute essential business skills and an outside perspective to the board.

We are particularly seeking applicants with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Public Affairs and Policy
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Commercial/Business Development
  • Grass Root Sports Development
  • Experience in Fundraising, for Sport
  • Technology & Digital Marketing

Responsibilities

  • Ensure the WTSF pursues its core purpose, as set out in the Articles, as well as meeting its obligations under company law and other relevant legislation/regulations.
  • Assist with the development of WTSF's strategic plans and put in place regular reviews of the long-term strategic goals.
  • Ensure the WTSF's organisational structure and capability, including the resource available, are appropriate for implementing the strategy.
  • Develop organisational policies, define goals, set targets and monitor progress against these.
  • Help create a strong and fulfilling working relationship with the other directors.
  • Ensure the legal and financial integrity of WTSF, as required under the Companies Act 2006
  • Assess risk appetite and help oversee risk strategy.
  • Maintain careful oversight of any risk to reputation and/or financial standing of the organisation.
  • Assist in regular evaluation of management performance.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant governance requirements, including implementation of the Governance and Leadership Framework for Wales.
  • Represent the WTSF, championing the organisation and its members at appropriate events, meetings or functions.
  • Build strong and dynamic relationships with the WTSF's members, understanding their diverse needs and uniting their voice
  • Actively promote the diverse social and health benefits of Target Shooting.
  • Establish, nurture and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders including Sport Wales.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will recognise how sport and physical activity contributes to society and the health and wellbeing of individuals.

Previous board experience is preferable, however, applications from candidates who have not previously served in a board role but who can demonstrate the skills and competencies necessary to contribute to the work of the Welsh Target Shooting Federation are welcome.
Knowledge of target shooting is not an essential requirement for the role but a genuine interest in promoting the sport is essential.

Competencies

  • Independence and objectivity
  • Demonstrates robust, collaborative leadership
  • A good understanding of and ability to promote good governance
  • Awareness and understanding of board responsibilities
  • Ability to influence across the sporting landscape
  • Previous board experience would be advantageous
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Organisational and planning skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective professional relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • Flexibility
  • Can operate comfortably in different cultural situations

Additional Information

Please submit a brief CV with supporting covering letter which demonstrates your suitability for the role.

Applications should be sent to jan.hughes@acornpeople.com

The deadline for applications is Monday 3 December 2018 at 12 noon and interviews are scheduled to take place 12th December 2018.

The WTSF is committed to recruiting a diverse, skills-based board, and encourages applications from people from under-represented groups.

Acorn Recruitment acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment.

Nov 162018
 

Trustee - SoCo Music Project

Organisation: SoCo Music Project
Reference:
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 23rd November 2018
Region: South East

Vacancy Details

SoCo Music Project are at an exciting stage of their organisational development, and are seeking members to join an advisory board to support our transition to Charity.

To read more about our vision and aims read our manifesto.

Whilst we welcome expressions of interest from all candidates, we are particularly keen to hear from those with knowledge and/or experience in any of the following areas:

  • Charity Development/Governance
  • Accountancy
  • Business Development/Planning
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Stakeholder Management

We would anticipate monthly meetings as we transition to become a charity, we would then recruit our Board of Trustees to which we would welcome you to apply should you wish. Our aspiration is to submit our Charity application early next year, with a view to becoming a Charity in April 2019.

If you're interested in finding out more about how you can support SoCo Music Project, please contact Marie Negus (marie@socomusicproject.org.uk or 07988 683 544) for an informal chat.

Following which we would invite you to forward a covering letter (no more than 2 A4 sides), detailing why you are interested in becoming part of our advisory board and how your skills/experience will support organisational growth and resilience by Friday 23rd November.

About SoCo Music Project

Introduction

SoCo Music Project is a non profit music organisation based in Southampton and operating across Hampshire. Started in 2008 by two directors, Matt Salvage and Jon Haughton, SoCo is now an organisation with a regional reach and a reputation for high quality engagement activities. We are at an important stage of our development as we transition to become a charity.

As of Spring 2016 SoCo has been steered by a management team of four in addition to six freelance Music Leaders and three volunteers working across project management, strategic development and workshop delivery.

With a turnover in excess of £200k per year, SoCo continues to develop engaging music programmes and vibrant creative spaces, supporting social action and creative development through music.

SoCo is predominantly project funded through grants and commissions, we have received funding from Youth Music, Arts Council England, Big Lottery, European Social Fund and Local Authorities. Moving forward SoCo is planning on transitioning to a charity and developing more sustainable income through individual/corporate giving.

Vision

SoCo Music Project seeks to engage young people (especially those in challenging circumstances) and vulnerable adults in musical activity in order to develop their creative potential, promote cross-cultural understanding and supporting wider social and personal outcomes.

Mission

SoCo Music Project is a music delivery organisation that is dedicated to using music to transform lives. We work with agencies and organisations to reach out to some of the most vulnerable children and adults using highly skilled music leaders who deliver a diverse range of innovative and tailored creative music-making activities. We inspire and empower individuals at the heart of the community, to have a voice and develop and grow. We also encourage and train others who share our passion to bring about positive life-changing moments through music.

Our Aims

  • Deepening engagement and widening participation
  • Developing people and increasing skills
  • Demonstrating impact of the benefits of music-making with young people in challenging circumstances and vulnerable adults
  • Developing creative spaces that inspire and support
  • Developing partnerships & relationships that support an increase in participation
  • Encouraging confidence through effective communication
  • Building resilience to enhance and maintain cultural opportunities locally and regionally

Our Values

  • Inspiring and Empowering people who face challenges in their lives and ensuring that their needs and voices inform and define our delivery programmes
  • Developing and Supporting individuals, using the life-changing power of music to improve skills, enrich lives and connect people and organisations
  • Creativity and Diversity is embedded through our organisational values and supports our aspirations to adopt a musically inclusive way of working
  • Developing Partnerships and being an organisation that keeps itself connected with our local arts and cultural sector and communities so that we can respond and reach where we're needed with the biggest chance of transforming lives and sharing our approach

These core values capture the essence of who we are and are interwoven through everything that we do as we develop as an organisation and transition to become a charity.

Advert Start Date: 15th November 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 07988 683544
Contact Name: Marie Negus
Contact E-mail: marie@socomusicproject.org.uk
Url: www.socomusicproject.org.uk

Nov 162018
 

Chair - Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

Reference: 1557
Remuneration: A daily rate of £354
Location: Edinburgh, City of
Closing date: 14 December 2018 at midnight

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair to the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (the Commission) protects and promotes the human rights of people with mental health problems, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions. The Commission has a key statutory role in safeguarding individual rights and monitoring how the principles of mental health and incapacity legislation are applied in practice. Through direct interventions in the care and treatment of individuals using mental health and learning disability services, providing guidance and conducting investigations, the Commission has a strong influence on the quality of care and treatment provided for the people of Scotland.

You will have the senior level experience required for this significant appointment and will play a central leadership role in guiding and developing the work of the Commission in safeguarding the welfare and human rights of some of Scotland's most vulnerable people. If you have what it takes to fulfil this rewarding and challenging role, we would like to hear from you.

You will be accountable to Scottish Ministers for leading the Board, comprising non-executive members, and will understand and promote diversity. As well as demonstrating some understanding of the issues facing the Commission and the context in which it operates, you must be able to demonstrate skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Performance
  • Constructive/Supportive Challenge & Influencing
  • People Management
  • Communication

Although you do not need to be an expert in mental health, we would expect you to have a commitment to and knowledge of mental health and human rights approaches in this context. We are looking for people with a wide range of skills and backgrounds who are committed to improving outcomes for some of Scotland's most vulnerable people.

We value very highly the benefits of having different experiences and points of view on our Boards. Accordingly, we hope to receive applications from a wide range of talented people irrespective of their religion or belief, gender, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, political belief, relationship status or caring responsibilities.

The Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland's public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities, and people aged under 50. Please do complete our monitoring form when you apply as this helps us to ensure that the appointments process is accessible to everyone.

Remuneration: A daily rate of £354 (non-pensionable) is payable. You will also receive reimbursement for all reasonable travel and subsistence costs, reasonable dependant-carer expenses incurred whilst undertaking Commission duties and for support required to help you carry out your duties effectively, subject to Commission policy.

Time commitment: As Chair of the Commission you must be able to make a firm commitment to spend 25 to 30 days per year on Commission business, and up to 15 days per year on NCF business. This time will be a mix of daytime board meetings, daytime visits and other meetings, reading documents and attending stakeholder events across Scotland, some of which may be in the evenings or at weekends. You should also demonstrate an adequate degree of flexibility to attend at a greater frequency subject to the Board's ongoing business needs.

Appointment details: Appointment will be for a period up to 4 years, subject to regular performance appraisals, with the possibility of re-appointment.

Location: Commission Board meetings will normally be held in Edinburgh.

Assessment Process: Assessment will happen in two stages. The first stage will be the assessment of your written application against the essential requirements being tested at this stage. The second and final stage will involve a competency based interview, with presentation. As part of the interview, you will be asked to undertake a practical exercise, provided to you in advance, which will involve you preparing a verbal presentation for the panel. The interview will be held on 4th February in Edinburgh.

Further information: If you would like to find out more about the role, you are welcome to contact the Chief Executive, Mr Colin McKay, on 0131 313 8784.

Full details of the criteria to be met for the position are contained in the person specification, which forms part of the application pack. Also included in the pack is more detailed information about the Commission.

For full information on the appointment, please read the Applicant Information Pack accessed via the link below.

Completed applications must be received on or before Friday 14th December 2018.

Appointments to the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

Please apply online. If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898, by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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