Who we are
We are a newly registered and emerging UK charity with a focus doing social good through the deployment of animal scent detection enabling positive change around the world. Choosing to partner with internationally based APOPO vzw, we are a grant giving organisation helping to train Giant African Pouched Rats otherwise known as Herorats and Herodogs to detect Landmines and TB and other developments enabled through animal scent detection innovation.
We seek an individual who has committment and dedication to help drive forward APOPO UK strategically. Someone who has a keen interest in, or knowledge of, animal scent detection techniques or international demining or TB detection. There will be a requirement for a committment to give up sufficient time in a volunteering capacity to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties on the Governance team on an ongoing and regular basis. The role involves:
● Accepting accountability to ensure all activity undertaken by APOPO in the UK is compliant
● Being part of the governing team that ensures the Charity pursues its stated objectives, as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy.
● Ensuring that the Charity complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
● Ensuring that the Charity applies it resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects through a fair and transparent grant award process.
● Ensuring that the Charity defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets.
● Safeguarding the good name and values of the Charity.
● Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the Charity, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place.
● Ensuring the financial stability of the Charity, review reserves policies and reporting transparencies through the evaluation and sign off of accounts and annual reports.
● In addition to the above statutory duties, the Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they possess to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This will involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the Trustee has special expertise.
● Attend any special events in the Trustee capacity and support other volunteer efforts as appropriate.
● Assist to raise awareness of the Charity’s vision, mission, and activities by adopting an ambassadorial role and help raise profile of the Charity.
● Sit on sub-groups that match personal skill set.
● Attend a minimum of four Trustee meetings per annum in person (approximately 4-6 formal meetings held annually) and take part in face to face/online meetings or operational conference calls as required.
● Take responsibility for undertaking due diligence, from a service supplier, potential partnerships and fundraising supporter perspective.
● Support the selection and approval of any new members of Trustee Board. Use voting rights to help reach decisions.
● Accept responsibility for collective oversight of employment of any consultants, freelancers or future senior executive and operational staff and reviewing performance as guided by the Chair and put in place and maintain a responsible volunteer programme.
● Accept responsibility and oversight of quarterly and annual financial reporting and management of the charity and study financial documentation provided by the Treasurer thoroughly prior to meeting.
● Routinely take part in risk register reviews, monitor incidents/complaints if escalated to Trustee level /as part of the Board collective, help to facilitate/discuss/resolve any reported incidents.
● Be prepared to collaborate with senior executive staff of identified partners ie APOPO vzw, and negotiate contracts, Service Level Agreements or Memoranda of Understanding as deemed necessary.
● Proactively and reactively support fundraising initiatives to help raise funds in line with the short-, medium- and long-term fundraising strategy.
● Take an active role in grant allocation, and openly speak your mind if you disagree with Board decisions that you believe may be detrimental to the future of the organisation or which may compromise the organisation’s reputation.
● Use own networks and work with others to identify opportunity or facilitate introductions that may assist with income generation to meet those pre-set targets to ensure organisational sustainability.
● Declaring any conflict of interest at the beginning of each meeting in line with the Conflict-of-Interest policy.
Candidates will need good IT literacy/ability to work from home/have leadership ability and strategic visionunderpinned by professional experience ideally in a previous govern role/at a senior level/integrity and sound judgment and be willing to accept accountability for guiding the charity/represent it as ambassador in the public domain.
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