I am available three days per week - Friday to Sunday. Some flexibility on other days.
I am an Electronic Engineer by training, and have worked in several small companies, rising to Senior Management level. I am quite analytical, and like to understand and get to the bottom of problems and issues. I am not perturbed by challenging situations or tasks, and can work under pressure. I can absorb and assimilate the facts of quite complex situations, and translate, present and explain these for less expert colleagues.
I have good people skills in a professional relationship, and have managed and mentored many technicians and engineers. I have good empathy for colleagues' personal situations and challenges, and can understand the strengths and weaknesses of a particular team.
My general management experience relates to fairly small organisations, of less than 200 people.
My earlier volunteer experience relates to a period with the local village Community Association, of which I was Chairman for ten or so years, up to 2002. Although this was mostly coffee mornings and such, there was an intense period of fund raising to purchase the children's play area, which was under threat of development. This involved the local community, and also a number of grant applications to various public bodies and charities, raising firstly some £14000 for the land, and then a similar sum for new play equipment. This was against the background of opposing a planning application by the land owner, a national brewery. I gave interviews to the local newspaper and radio station, and also met and negotiated with the brewery's representatives. The campaign was a success, and the play area thrives to this day, covenanted to the Parish Council to prevent any future attempts to develop it.
More recently, I have become a volunteer with Citizens Advice, joining in Feb 2018. I am a General Adviser, which means dealing with enquiries from, and providing advice to clients (the public) over a wide range of topics, including employment, benefits, family, consumer, housing and more. The work, which I do one day a week in the Ulverston office, is constantly challenging but often rewarding. The office has a small team of around seven people, who work together in a mutually supportive way. The work is overseen by a Supervisor.
Perhaps something that would be able to draw on my general management experience? Having worked intensively in Engineering roles for many years, I would be happy to contribute to a range of possible organisations.