Chair of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

Trustee/Governor
J60794
At a glance

Skills

  • Financial management
  • Business development
  • Fundraising strategy
  • General management
  • Project management
  • Change management
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning

Where

Llangadog, South West Wales, SA19 9TG
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Ideally we like the Chair to be based not more than approx 50 miles away.

Time

Either in or out of office hours The Chair will need to attend 6 evening Trustee meetings a year in Carmarthenshire. All other work can be undertaken at home.

Deadline

31 Mar 2019

We are looking for an experienced person to lead our Trustees and staff in an exciting new phase of development. We want someone with the vision and energy to help us maximize use of our assets and create a sustainable social enterprise.

What will you be doing?

The Volunteer Chair will be responsible for leading discussions with Trustees and staff about the future development of the charity and the potential to move towards a social enterprise model of delivery.

Lluest would like to consider maximising use of its many assets to generate income streams to support its equine welfare work and as Chair you will work with 5 other Trustees to develop a strategic business plan to enable the charity to plan ahead financially and operationally and continue to meet its charitable aims and objectives.

You will be expected to attend and chair 6 Trustee meetings (evenings) a year in Carmarthenshire and any other work can be undertaken at home.

As Chair you will also regularly liaise with staff (Office and Equine Managers) and communicate any issues back to Trustees as appropriate. Liaison with staff can include a wide of range of issues including finance, funding applications/fundraising, site maintenance and HR.

Our Chair also ensures that we are compliant in all areas of governance so keeping a check on all relevant paperwork is another aspect of the role supported by the Secretary. The role is ideally suited to working from home but the Chairperson has always been welcome to spend time in the Lluest office and on site and staff really value their presence when this happens.

As Chair of a small charity this will be a wide ranging role and it will present you with an opportunity to get involved with every aspect of the organization. It will also be an opportunity for you to have a real impact on the future of this well respected charity and ensure that it moves forward with confidence and continues to make a difference to both equines and people. 

What are we looking for?

  • Ideally we would like a person who already has some experience of a Chair role for a charity but this is not essential. 
  • We do however need a person who is used to working at a strategic level and has several years of experience in project/business development. This may have been developed through public, third or private sectors .
  • You will need to be confident in dealing with finance issues and experienced in financial planning and budgeting.
  • We would also like a person who has experience of staff management and has an appreciation of the challenges facing a small organization with a small and dedicated team. 
  • The person will need to fully support our charitable aims and objectives but we do not expect you to be an equine specialist.
  • You will need to be an excellent communicator who is prepared to work with staff, Trustees and external stakeholders/organisations.  

What difference will you make?

Our current Chair is stepping down and we need a person to lead the Trustees and staff into a new phase of the charity's development. We recognize that we are not maximizing use of our assets, most notably our 40 acre farm with traditional outbuildings and ancient wood in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

We believe that we could look to develop these to provide us with a regular income stream. However we don't feel that we currently have the level of expertise to develop these ideas and make them a reality. We need a person with business development skills and experience to help us realise our social enterprise vision and make it happen. Working towards a model of delivery that gives us some regular and guaranteed income will make a significant impact on our hard working staff and in turn the equines all across Wales who require help to turn their lives around. It will also enable us to plan and further develop our equine assisted learning projects and reach many more adults and young people who we believe can benefit from direct contact with horses and ponies.

We already have a good reputation for quality equine rescue work but a more financially stable operation would enable us to strengthen this. We are aiming towards a centre of excellence for equine rescue and rehoming in Wales in addition to providing a space where people can learn, gain confidence and a greater sense of self worth through work with horses and ponies.      

What's in it for the volunteer?

As Chair of Lluest Horse and Pony Trust you will work alongside the 5 current Trustees and our small team of 6 staff and up to 20 volunteers. This is your chance to make a real difference to a small charity that has just entered its 34th year of existence and wants to ensure it is sustainable well into the next 30 years. If you believe you have the skills, experience and energy to work with us we'd love to hear from you.

Causes
  • Animals / wildlife
  • Campaigning
  • Environment
  • Mental health
  • Lluest is a small equine welfare charity rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming horses, ponies and donkeys from across south and mid Wales. Equines are either victims of abandonment, cruelty or...