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Chair Person of the Trust

Description of the role:

Clare Castle Country Park Trust is seeking a Chair to take up the position in October 2021. This is a volunteering position that would involve around 8 hours a week. With a part-time Park Manager, part-time Administrator and Trustees with specific areas of responsibility the role of the Chair is to ensure the operations of the Trust runs smoothly and effectively. The ideal person to fill this role will have had management experience in a commercial organisation or a charity where commercial activities are a major source of the funds being needed to cover running costs. For more information or a preliminary chat please contact the current Chair: geoffrey.bray@clarecastlecountrypark.co.uk

The nature of the role allows for the future Chair to complete the majority of their duties at a time that suits them. This flexible role can be completed partially from home (remotely) with some on-site attendance required. Presence at board meetings and at relevant community committees may be required throughout the year.

Opportunity Activities: Trusteeship and Committee Work
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

The ideal person to fill this role will have had management experience in a commercial organisation or a charity where commercial activities are a major source of the funds being needed to cover running costs.

As trustees, you must:

- always act in the best interests of the charity – you must not let your personal interests, views or prejudices affect your conduct as a trustee
- act reasonably and responsibly in all matters relating to your charity – act with as much care as if you were dealing with your own affairs, taking advice if you need it
- only use your charity’s income and property for the purposes set out in its governing document
- make decisions in line with good practice and the rules set by your charity’s governing document, including excluding any trustee who has a conflict of interest from discussions or decision-making on the matter

What skills will be learned / gained?

The direction that the new Chairperson takes the role will dictate the exact skills that will be developed. However, there are a number of core skills that a Chairperson can expect to use and therefore grow:

- legal or financial knowledge
- team working
- knowledge of the community
- negotiating and decision making with due consideration to other members of the Trustee board & staff members
- the ability to act reasonably and responsibly when undertaking such duties and performing tasks.
- maintenance of confidentiality
- to analyse information and, when necessary, challenge constructively.
- governance and leadership

DBS Check Required: Yes
Driving Licence Required: No
Details of restriction:

Due to the significance of this role, we require a Chairperson with some management and leadership experience who will feel comfortable providing direction and steer to our charity.

Mandatory training required for role: Yes
Details of mandatory training:

New Trustees are invited to complete an induction. First Aid, Safeguarding and other training is also available throughout the Chair's tenure.

Extra information:

It will be advantageous for the future Chair to be able to visit the Park in person when necessary. Whilst it is not mandatory for all liaison to take place in-person, it is required that the Chair is present at Trustee meetings and represents the Trust on appropriate community boards. Where appropriate, it may be possible for expenses to be reimbursed.

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: Clare Castle Country Park Trust
Organisation Profile:

Nestled away in the delightful village of Clare, Clare Castle Country Park contains the remains of the 13th Century stone castle keep set upon its 60ft high motte overlooking the town. The Castle's inner inner and outer baileys are ideal areas for recreation and picnics with the inner bailey also containing the former railway station which is now a Listed building.

Various walks and trails weave through the park which sits along the banks of the River Stour. Our rich flora and fauna is further complimented by a diverse population of wildlife.

After recently securing Heritage Lottery Funding, the park is undergoing renovation works and improving its facilities for the local community and visitors to Clare.