BRANCH TRUSTEE – FACILITIES & BUILDING DEVELOPMENT

BRANCH TRUSTEE – FACILITIES & BUILDING DEVELOPMENT

Trustee/Governor
J72134
At a glance

Skills

  • Project / programme management
  • Health and safety
  • Architecture / Surveying
  • Property management

Where

Canterbury, CT3 4JD
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Ideally living in Kent or surrounding counties

Time

Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month or 0-3 hours / week
Trustees are expected to attend a monthly meeting (approx 2hrs). Additional meetings associated with the Facilities portfolio will be adhoc ~1-2/month

Deadline

18 Apr 2021

We need volunteers who have expertise in facilities development and building maintenance to help us make the most of our properties, owned and rented, and maintain high levels of compliance, health and safety and sustainability.

What will you be doing?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate person, ideally with a background in Facilities Management, Infrastructure, Health & Safety or Mechanical and Engineering Services, who could devote their time as a trustee to support us in developing our key facilities that are so critical to our charity.

Alongside passing on your expertise, this opportunity will give you the chance to influence how we care for and prevent cruelty to animals and drive the implementation of key initiatives. You will serve on the governing body of the charity and be instrumental, alongside fellow trustees, in the running of the Branch and setting out both the short and long term aims.

Primary responsibilities of the Branch Trustee – Facilities & building development

  • Take the lead in assisting the Branch to deal effectively with issues associated with our animal centre and commercial properties.
  • Help develop and delivering proactive facilities maintenance plans for existing sites, assisting map and prioritise work to be done based on health and safety and building regulation compliance.
  • Work together to consider longer term developments of our animal centre, moving us towards more sustainable living and making the most of the potential of our centre.
  • Support the Branch in identifying and maximising relationships with external facility and utility service providers.

Core Branch Trustee responsibilities

  • Appreciate and support the aims and policies of the RSPCA.
  • Work in conjunction with fellow trustees and branch staff and jointly act in making decisions for the best interest of the branch and the RSPCA.
  • Work with national RSPCA to ensure that the branch meets animal welfare standards.
  • In conjunction with others write, adopt, monitor, and review a development plan setting out the short and long term aims of your branch.
  • Actively participate in branch committee meetings and attend the annual general meeting
  • Actively promote and advertise the society to recruit new branch trustees, volunteers, donors and welcome new members.
  • In conjunction with your fellow trustees, ensure the proper management and control of all activities and decisions relating to premises held and staff employed by the branch.

What are we looking for?

We are committed to creating a Board which is representative of our society and in particular, our community and surrounding areas so encourage people from any background to apply for any of our opportunities. To enhance the diversity of our board we would very much like to hear from ethnic minorities, disabled people and marginalised groups.

Alongside experience working professionally in the facility/building development sector, someone with a solid background in facilities management or mechanical & electrical services would be welcomed but is not essential for the role. A professional qualification such as RICS or similar would be appreciated, but is not essential.

You will need to be able to work with people and have good interpersonal skills. You do not need to be an expert although commitment, common sense, and the ability to be objective are vital.

What difference will you make?

Alongside passing on your expertise, this opportunity will give you the chance to influence how we care for and prevent cruelty to animals and drive the implementation of key initiatives. You will serve on the governing body of the charity and be instrumental, alongside fellow trustees, in the running of the Branch and setting out both the short and long term aims.

What's in it for the volunteer?

  • We will provide you with a comprehensive trustee training
  • Ongoing support is also provided by regional and national RSPCA staff in addition to any additional training provided by the relevant branch.
  • The platform to utilise your skills and experience to oversee the charity and make decisions that have a direct impact on local animal welfare.
  • The opportunity to gain new skills and develop existing ones, whilst making a real difference to the lives of animals.
  • A way to expand your professional and personal network through working with like-minded people.

Before you apply

Please also note that to become a Trustee, you will need to be aged 18 or over and a member of our branch for three months before you are eligible to be elected, but as a new trustee you can be co-opted onto the Board until that point. Trustees are elected for a 12-month term each year. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. Trustees must sign a Trustee Declaration of Willingness to Act to clarify that they are not disqualified from being a trustee and read the Charity Commission’s guidance References will be required
Causes
  • Animals / wildlife
  • Campaigning
  • Education
  • Local / community
  • Established in 1962, the RSPCA Canterbury and District branch is one of the branches of RSPCA, but we are also a separately registered charity looking after animals in our local area. We respond...