Leading Role at Bees Abroad UK Ltd

Bees Abroad is a small UK based charity (that RBKA help support) that run a team of project managers who take their beekeeping skills abroad (mainly Africa) to help alleviate poverty.

On 23rd April 2015,  Mr John Home will stand down as Chairman to take up another role within the team of Trustees. This provides a great opportunity for some one else to take over the reins and work with the trustees to steer Bees Abroad into it’s next phase of development. 

Bees Abroad are looking for someone with management skills who can help shape our future, run a great committee and work as part of their team.   This role will be supported by a strong team of trustees who all play their part in running different aspects of the charity, so who ever takes over can be assured of a gentle introduction and lots of help to steer the ship.

Anyone who may be interested, please get in touch with:

Veronica Brown,  Administrator,
tel:  0117 230 0231
mailing address:  PO Box 2058, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 9AF

The following job specification outlines the role of Chairman:

The Charity’s Purpose

Bees Abroad works overseas, at the moment mainly in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia, utilising beekeeping to alleviate poverty. Our mission is to support farmers groups and NGOs with capacity-building training and identifying funding. Our main focus is on building skills that will empower communities and local organisations in beekeeping, environmental awareness and business development. We provide in-country support, as well as free Internet-based advice. Our project managers are all volunteers and offer project-design services, technical training, organisational skills and monitoring of funds to groups that we have undertaken to partner, in order that they may develop sustainable self-help programmes and a business-based ethos that will allow long-term economic viability

Role: Chairman, Bees Abroad, UK Charity Registration no. 1108464 http://beesabroad.org.uk/

The primary purpose of the role is to develop Bees Abroad as an organisation, to enable it to recruit and manage new volunteers and expand the list of registered projects.

The role of the Chair is to provide leadership and direction to the board of Trustees and sub committees. The Chair’s aim is to enable the trustees to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation. The Chair will ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations and to make sure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.

Working With: The Chair will work closely with a team of Bees Abroad Trustees (6), Patrons (7), Volunteers, Administrator, Fundraiser and Supporters. Management of the charity requires working with the above on a weekly basis.

Commitment: Bees Abroad holds Trustee meetings four times a year in person, In addition, there are regular meetings of the core team (Trustees with project managers and volunteers), as well as ad hoc meetings to address issues. These meetings can be in person or by teleconference. Management may require on average three to five hours per week. There is no fixed duration of term for this role, but around three years is expected.

Requirement: We have a vacancy for a Chairperson to join a team of six trustees. The Chairman will play an important role in the delivery of Bees Abroad’s organisation objectives following a period of change and development. 

We need someone who relishes a challenge. All our projects make a real difference to the lives of participants and beneficiaries. Knowledge of bees and beekeeping is desirable but not essential but you do need to be passionate about creating and managing change in an organisation and helping people to fulfil their potential. Previous experience of overseas project work in general and charity practices is important.

Our outgoing Chairman and vice chair remain available to support and assist on an ongoing basis. The outgoing chairman has been in post for three years and wishes to retire to allow someone with a different set of skills to lead the organisation to the next stage.

The Chairman has the same powers or responsibilities as the other trustees. All trustees are equally responsible for finances.

In addition to the general responsibilities of a Trustee, the Chair has a number of tasks specific to their role.

Main Tasks:

  • Providing leadership for the board of trustees in their role of setting the strategy and policy of the organisation
  • Planning the annual cycle of board meetings and setting the agendas
  • Chairing and facilitating the board meetings, ensuring a balance is struck between time-keeping and space for discussions. Stimulate meeting focus to encourage and channel discussion
  • Giving directions to board policy making
  • Monitoring that decisions taken at board meetings are implemented
  • Representing the organisation at appropriate events, meetings or functions
  • Acting as a spokesperson for the organisation where appropriate
  • Supervise and support the work of the administrator
  • Monitor financial planning and fund raising activities.
  • Deal with issues as and when they arise. Report to the officers and trustees at the first opportunity of any instant decisions taken, and ensure that all policy decisions are agreed with the Trustees
  • Create a strategy for succession planning for key roles in the organisation

Experience & Person Specification

  • Experience of the charity sector, running an organisation or development projects
  • Ability to lead the organisation and support sub committees that represent the different functions of the charity ie, PR/Marketing, Finance, Administration and Project Management
  • Ability to run and manage teams effectively
  • Good communication skills
  • Integrity, strategic vision and good/independent judgement
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to duties as Chair and trustee
  • Applicants should possess tact and diplomacy to motivate the team towards active involvement, channelling interests and talents.
  • You will ensure an effective relationship between: the committee and volunteers, the committee and external stakeholders, acting as a spokesperson and figurehead as appropriate.
  • Ability to take decisions for the good of the organisation, underpinned by clear, independent judgement

Contact: Bees Abroad Administrator at info@beesabroad.org.uk, phone: +44 117 230 0231

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