The Order of St John County Priory Group Chair - Oxford

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Organisation: Order of St John

Location Any location in Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX5 2DN
Where the role is based Mainly at home
Travel limit Should live, work or have close connections with the County of Oxfordshire
Opportunity type Ongoing role
Reference number J55617

Opportunity description

The Chair is the most senior representative of the Order of St John in the County and is responsible for liaising with Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, supporting St John Ambulance and organising a number of high profile local events and ceremonies

The role

The County Priory Group (CPG) Chair leads a group of around 12 highly skilled volunteers who come from a wide range of backgrounds but are mostly from St John Ambulance or the Priory. The CPG Chair is required to

  • chair quarterly CPG meetings

  • oversee the work of the local Honours & Awards Committee and occasionally attend the Order of St John Investitures in Clerkenwell

  • arrange an annual Order of St John Award for Organ Donation ceremony in consultation with HM Lord-Lieutenant and NHS Blood and Transplant

  • arrange local St John cathedral services, awards evenings and Civic Ceremonies

  • encourage innovative local CPG fundraising initiatives

  • attend quarterly Regional CPG Chairs Meetings, National CPG Seminars in London and St John’s Day celebrations each year at St Paul’s Cathedral

  • support the work of St John Ambulance locally and liaise with the St John Ambulance Regional Director

  • support the work of the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem

  • work in partnership with the St John Fellowship

  • undertake an ambassadorial role on behalf of the Order of St John which will require high level networking skills and expertise

The newly appointed Chair will receive an individual induction programme, peer group support from other local CPG Chairs and ongoing professional support and advice from the Head of Priory & CPG Affairs.

Required skills

  • Fundraising events
  • Event management
  • Lecturing / public speaking
  • Public relations
  • Project management
  • Volunteer management
  • Governance

Person description

Ideally the Chair will have previous experience in a similar role, have an interest in the Order of St John and our heritage as well as being committed to supporting the very important work of St John Ambulance. Previous Experience of the work of St John is not essential but would be an advantage.

The Chair will need to be administratively self-servicing and have at least basic computer skills with access to a computer.

Effective high profile networking skills and knowledge of the County are essential as are strong but inclusive and sensitive leadership skills and a consultative style of working  

We aim to widen the diversity of CPG membership and especially welcome applications from women, young people, those from minority ethnic backgrounds, people who are LGBT and those with a disability who meet the person specification requirements.

What impact the opportunity will have

CPG Chairs are pivotal in ensuring that the work of the Order of St John and its 900 year history of helping people in need is promoted and celebrated in all 42 English Counties.

The role of CPG Chair provides a unique opportunity to

• ensure that exceptional people who have gone beyond the call of duty are recognised by Investiture into the Order of St John on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen

• publicly recognise and honour the amazing gift of life given to others through organ donation

• support St John Ambulance’s vision that “everyone who needs it should receive first aid from those around them. No one should suffer for the lack of trained first aiders”

• contribute to the health and wellbeing of the local community

What’s in it for the volunteer?

This is a unique opportunity to be part of an international organisation with a history that dates back over 900 years but still has a contemporary role today. Senior volunteers in this high-profile role can use their professional skills and expertise to really make a difference to people’s lives not only locally but also nationally. This role offers a wide range of opportunities to both develop skills and acquire a new skill set.

Time commitment

Either in or out of office hours

On average two days per month.

Other details

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