Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Non-Remunerated (reasonable expenses paid)

Permanent, Full-time


Job Description

Independent Chair of Council (Professional Body / Charity) 

British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) exists to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science. The Association was founded in 1957 as a professional body to serve veterinary surgeons that treat companion animals and now has over 5,500 members. The majority of their members work in practice and represent over a third of the working veterinary surgeons in the UK. 

Position: Independent Chair of Council 
Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire 
Job type: Full Time, Permanent 
Salary: Non-Remunerated (reasonable expenses paid) 

Closing date: 7th June 2019 

About the role: 

Working for a national Association, this is a fantastic opportunity to Chair the Council for the British Small Animal Association (BSAVA) based near Gloucester. The Association hosts the largest annual small animal veterinary conference in Europe, delivers a full programme of education courses, produces a range of publications and other resources that contribute to the continuing professional development of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses. 

The Independent Chair of the BSAVA Council leads the member representative council of the Association, ensuring that the BSAVA Council holds the BSAVA Board of Director Trustees to account in providing effective governance of the Association. The Association is also a registered Charity. 

About you: 

The Independent Chair of BSAVA Council should be able to demonstrate a broad range of the following: 

- Ability to bring personal knowledge and experience to bear on the governance of a volunteer-led, professional membership organisation, which is also a registered charity. 
- Skill and sensitivity in dealing with people at all levels. 
- Intellectual capacity to grasp issues outside personal experience and to take a strategic view. 
- Skill in chairing large, complex and sometimes controversial meetings and in obtaining consensus. 
- Ability to play a leading role in the shaping and maintenance of the governance structure. 
- Ability to inspire confidence amongst the Charity’s volunteers and Directors / Trustees and to act as a stabilising influence, particularly at moments of difficulty. 
- Possession of an up to date knowledge of corporate governance best practice with a desire to maintain and refresh familiarity with trends and changes in the area. 

The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills and a natural affinity and diplomacy for liaising with diverse stakeholders, particularly within a Membership organisation. Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and a passion for improving the Association are vital. 

We are particularly looking for a robust individual prepared to constructively challenge at all levels with a track record in building credibility in delivering the strategic aims of an organisation. 

The Independent Chair does not need to be a member of the Association or be involved in the Veterinary Profession or associated industries. 

Remuneration – expenses paid. 

Time commitment – Estimate up to 24 days per annum. This is a new position and time commitment will be discussed with the successful candidate. 

This appointment is subject to annual review, this inaugural role is for 2 years with the option to extend for a further year. Going forward re-appointment will be considered every three years for a maximum of two consecutive terms. 

If applicants haven’t received a response within 7 days of the closing date then it is to be assumed that they have not been successful with their application. 

You may have experience of the following: Chairman, Chair Person, Chair, Assistant Chair, Charity, Charities, Third Sector, Not for Profit, NFP, Financial Management, NED, CEO, Board Member, Director, etc.