This is an exciting time for Boundary Brook Nature Park, and Oxford Urban Wildlife Group (OUWG) is looking for a new Chair to help us create a new lease of life for this wildlife haven and community space. We are working together with BBOWT and Oxford City Council to offer a programme of community events, training courses & practical conservation volunteer opportunities, whilst also hosting Forest Schools and ecotherapy.
We have a very engaged trustee board of 9, supported by some very active members, and are looking for a Chair to run our meetings every 6 weeks, ensure that we follow good governance and that we have an effective relationship with our key stakeholders (members, BBOWT, the Council, conservation volunteers and schools) – day-to-day liaison being carried out by fellow trustees. In addition, we have two willing vice chairs who will support the chair where needed.
The Chair is expected to attend the trustee meetings. In addition to preparing the agenda and approving the minutes, the Chair probably needs to be able to find an additional 3 hours in-between meetings for liaison etc. It would also be appreciated if they were able to attend some events or volunteer days, but this is not essential.
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- Leading the trustee board and OUWG to enable it to fulfil its purpose and apply good governance.
- To ensure an effective relationship between:
- the board and members/volunteers (or any future staff)
- the board and the external stakeholders/community such as members, BBOWT, the Council, conservation volunteers and schools.
- Acting as a spokesperson and figurehead as appropriate.
- To supervise and support any staff should they be appointed.
- Plan and prepare the trustee meetings and the AGM with others as appropriate.
- Chair trustee meetings ensuring:
- A balance is struck between time-keeping and space for discussions.
- Business is dealt with and decisions made.
- Decisions, actions and deliberations are adequately minuted.
- The implementation of decisions is clearly assigned and monitored.
- Ensure adequate support and supervision arrangements are made for any other staff/volunteers directly managed or reporting to the board.
- Ensure that a successor is found before the term of office finishes.
- A willingness to lead the organisation
- Possesses tact, diplomacy and powers of persuasion
- Possesses relevant knowledge
- Has the relevant skills to run a meeting well
- Previous experience or expertise in nature conservation is not necessary, though it would be an advantage