Chair or future Chair to lead and strengthen the organisation, so that our core library service and expanding range of community activities continue to thrive and develop in a fast-evolving external environment.
We are seeking to recruit a Trustee who has the interest and aptitude to become Chair of Trustees within a reasonable time.
Trustees, under the overall leadership of the Chair, provide a strategic and oversight role, ensuring that we achieve our stated aims and objectives as defined in our governing documents, comply with all legal and contractual obligations, and manage our resources effectively and efficiently.
All Trustees are expected to attend (normally) monthly Board meetings held at the Library, plus agreed tasks in between meetings, which, in some cases can be carried out at home, but might also involve local attendance. The candidate thus needs to live sufficiently locally to enable this.
In addition to the general responsibilities of a Trustee, the Chair has a number of tasks specific to their role.
In 2013, Buckinghamshire reorganised their library service, and Stokenchurch Library, along with a number of other smaller libraries, became a Community Library, still part of the full countywide library service, but with a significant involvement of volunteers as a partnership between a local charity and the Council. This had the added advantage of allowing other locally-led activities to be introduced to complement the core library service.
Whilst the enterprise has thrived, with use of the core library service faring no worse than wider trends, a growing range of other activities, we are currently faced with two challenges: the departure of some key Trustees and volunteers who have been involved since the outset; and a tighter financial environment with a resultant need to develop our fundraising activity and methods.
Although we are fully confident there is a bright future for our library and "community hub", we thus need fresh and additional skills to ensure we successfully navigate these changed circumstances.
In our first 6 and a half years, we have demonstrated the need for and value of a local library facility, and the scope for diversifying its activities for the benefit of the community as a whole. This has been a rewarding experience for those involved.
But there is still lots of further potential, as well as some challenges posed by the changing external environment
This role provides the opportunity for a similarly rewarding experience of taking us onto that next level, securing our future success for the years to come, and contributing to the wellbeing and community cohesion of our village.