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Role

Branch Trustee - Secretary

  • Location

    Croydon

  • Sector:

    Animals

  • Contact:

    Sarah Piggott

  • Contact email:

    sarah.piggott@rspca.org.uk

  • Role ref:

    Croydon - Secretary

  • Published:

    13 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    08-06-2019

  • Client:

    RSPCA Croydon, Crystal Palace & District Branch

This is an exciting opportunity to become involved with the RSPCA Croydon, Crystal Palace & District Branch helping to achieve our purpose of promoting kindness and preventing cruelty to animals

Do you have professional expertise you could use to help a good cause? Are you passionate about animal welfare? Trustees manage the affairs of a local RSPCA Branch to promote and provide animal welfare within the branch area. The Branch secretary is the principal communications trustee managing and maintaining the administrative affairs of the branch.

The key activities of the Branch secretary are as follows:

  • To act as main contact point for all branch communications with the national Society, the branch committee and the branch membership.

  • Arrange branch meetings, ensure accurate minutes are taken and distributed in accordance with branch rules.

  • Ensure all branch committee decisions are implemented and actions completed.

  • Arrange the branch AGM including the compilation and distribution of the annual report, nominations and agenda in line with the strict timetable laid down in the branch rules.

  • Arrange the timely dissemination of the contents of all correspondence and literature received by the branch, ensuring availability to all committee members, and reply to all branch correspondence where necessary.

  • Order and distribute RSPCA stationery, leaflets, posters and other fundraising and promotional material.

  • Liaise with the Branch support specialist (BSS) and group chief inspector and notify them of all branch meetings.

  • Advise the BSS of all changes to branch facilities, services and contact details.

  • In the absence of the membership secretary assume responsibility for the maintenance of the branch membership list.

  • Submit recommendations for national Society awards to the BSS, in accordance with the wishes of the committee.

Most people aged 18 or over are eligible to become a trustee and you will need to become a member of the RSPCA. You will need to be able to work with people and have good interpersonal skills. You do not need to be an expert although commitment, common sense and the ability to be objective is vital.

Specific skills such as finance, fundraising, project management, business experience, awareness of employment and/or charity legislation can be useful, but not essential.

New RSPCA trustees are provided with a document “Guidance for Branch Trustees” and asked to attend a training course which provides information and guidance about a trustee’s role and responsibilities.

As a minimum, trustees would normally be expected to attend a monthly committee meeting lasting some 2 to 3 hours. However, the commitment may vary dependent on whether or not the trustee takes on additional duties such as the role of chairman, treasurer or secretary.

Trustees are elected for a 12 month term each year.