PO18, Chichester


Job Description

RSPCA Sussex, Chichester & District Branch is looking to recruit additional trustees

This is an exciting opportunity to become involved with the RSPCA Sussex, Chichester & District Branch, established in 1964 as a registered charity.  The charity operates as an autonomous, self-funded Branch of the National RSPCA, working locally to achieve our purpose of promoting kindness and preventing cruelty to animals.

The charity is based in Eartham, West Sussex where it has an Animal Centre and the main activity is rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming cats and dogs who, for a variety of reasons, are either homeless or cannot stay with their present owner.  The charity operates 4 charity shops which generate income towards the costs of running the Animal Centre.

We are looking for enthusiastic, skilled and committed new trustees to joining our existing Board of 7, to continue to provide the governance and strategic direction of the charity, ensuring it is governed and managed effectively, whilst continually having animal welfare at the forefront of our thinking.

We would like to hear from people of all ages (over 18,) from all social and cultural backgrounds, who have sound business, management and strategic skills, the ability to work collaboratively and bring different experiences and new ideas to the Board, especially income generation, IT and social media.

The trustees meet monthly, mostly outside of office hours.  Trustees also serve on a sub-committee that meets monthly or every two months, depending on the level of business activity.  Trustees are expected to commit sufficient time to read papers prior to meetings and participate in email/phone communication between meetings and, ad hoc attend other events, so that they have a good understanding of the charity's work overall.

This is a volunteer, unremunerated role with responsibility under Charity Law as a trustee. Further information on the role of a trustee can be found on the Charity Commission website, where you can download leaflet CC3 the Essential Trustee - What you need to know.

To apply please submit your CV and a supporting statement that outlines your personal motivation for becoming a trustee of this thriving, local charity and how your skills and experience would add value to the Board and any other relevant information.  

Candidates who after an initial meeting, wish to pursue their interest to be a trustee with the branch must be a Member of the RSPCA (National Society) for a minimum of 3 months (you automatically become a member of your local branch), before you can be elected.  

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