RSPCA Branch Trustee - Chair

Job Title: RSPCA Branch Trustee - Chair
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Taunton
Salary: 0-0 Voluntary
Reference: 2021
Contact Name: Karen Gigg
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 12, 2021 21:04

Job Description



Do you have professional expertise you could use to help a good cause? Are you passionate about animal welfare? Volunteer to take the Chair at our Branch and help direct all our activities which are aimed at improving animals’ lives.

Overview of the Branch Chair opportunity

We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate person who could devote the time to volunteer with us as one of our Trustees taking the chair at branch committee meetings and the annual general meeting and directing the activities.  You will ensure that all committee members are familiar with the branch rules, national Society policy and their responsibilities as a charity trustee.

As a Trustee you will have the chance to influence how we care for and prevent cruelty to animals and drive the implementation of key initiatives.  You will serve on the governing body of the charity and be instrumental in the running of the Branch and setting out both the short and long term aims.

As a minimum, Trustees would normally be expected to attend a committee meeting every 6-8 weeks in the evenings, lasting some 2 to 3 hours and the annual general meeting.  However, the commitment may vary depending on whether the Trustee takes on additional duties.

We are happy to take applications from outside the Branch catchment area, as long as you are able to join meetings by electronic means such as Zoom, and are willing to travel to in person meetings a couple of times a year.

About the RSPCA

Founded in 1824 we have been saving animals for almost 200 years and are proud to be the oldest welfare charity around. It has always been our vision to live in a world where all animals are respected and treated with compassion, so our volunteers and employees work tirelessly to ensure that all animals can live free from pain and suffering.

Through our numerous campaigns, we seek to raise standards of care, and awareness of issues, affecting animals today. We rely heavily on our volunteers who play a significant role in enabling us to carry out this important animal welfare work every day!

The RSPCA South West Somerset Branch

The RSPCA South West Somerset Branch is one of the branches of the RSPCA, but we are also a separately registered charity looking after animals in our local area. Much of the animal welfare work of the RSPCA is carried out through local branches, which is run by volunteers who have the support of the National Society of RSPCA.

The RSPCA South West Somerset Branch runs charity shops in Taunton, Wellington, Chard and Bridgwater.

Primary responsibilities of the Branch Chair

  • Take the chair at branch committee meetings and direct the activities.
  • Act jointly with all co-trustees and work closely with the branch secretary and treasurer.
  • To act as co-signatory, if required, on branch payments and ensure that proper financial procedures are always followed, in line with charity legislation.
  • Ensure that all committee members are familiar with branch rules, national Society policy and their responsibilities as a charity trustee.
  • Be instrumental in the production, monitoring and review of a branch development plan.
  • Actively coordinate the activities of the branch, including the delegation of tasks.
  • Ensure that a branch representative is appointed to the regional board and that the representative gives the committee a full report on the business conducted after each meeting.
  • To ensure that all the essential roles within the committee are filled by suitable, appropriate trustees or volunteers.

Core Branch Trustee responsibilities

  • Appreciate and support the aims and policies of the RSPCA.
  • Work in conjunction with fellow trustees and branch officers and jointly act in making decisions for the best interest of the branch and the RSPCA.
  • Work with national RSPCA staff to ensure that the branch meets all minimum animal welfare standards (MAWS).
  • In conjunction with your fellow trustees and Branch Support Specialist write, adopt, monitor, and review a development plan setting out the short and long term aims of your branch.
  • Actively participate in branch committee meetings and to attend the branch annual general meeting and regional conference.
  • Be aware of the outcome of regional board meetings and support local initiatives.
  • Actively promote and advertise the society in an ongoing programme to recruit new branch trustees and volunteers and welcome new members.
  • In conjunction with your fellow trustees, ensure the proper management and control of all activities and decisions relating to any premises held or staff employed by the branch if applicable.

What we are looking for in a volunteer:

Ideally you would have specific skills such as finance, legal, fundraising, project management, business experience, awareness of employment and/or charity legislation. These all can be useful to help ensure we have a sound and robust business model and long-term strategic development plan, however, they are not essential.

We are also looking for people who are creative, innovative, who have experience of or are part of the groups and communities we want to attract, who can bring new ideas, different experiences and fresh perspectives to the Board and help put those ideas into action.

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 are vital.

What we can offer you as a volunteer Branch Chair

  • We will provide you with a comprehensive trustee training course which will provide you with everything you need to carry out the role.
  • Ongoing support is also provided by local and national RSPCA staff in addition to any additional training provided by the relevant branch.
  • The platform to utilise your skills and experience to oversee the charity and make decisions that have a direct impact on local animal welfare.
  • The opportunity to gain new skills and develop existing ones, whilst making a real difference to the lives of animals.
  • A way to expand your professional and personal network through working with like-minded people.

Practical considerations

  • Please also note that to become a Trustee, you will need to be aged 18 or over and a member of our branch for three months before you are eligible to be elected.
  • Trustees are elected for a 12-month term each year.
  • You will need to have your own vehicle or access to a vehicle, and your own computer or one that can be used securely.
  • Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Trustees must sign a Trustee Declaration of Willingness to Act to clarify that they are not disqualified from being a trustee and read the Charity Commission’s guidance for individuals on who cannot be a trustee or senior manager of a charity.
  • References will also be required.

How to find out more about being a Branch Trustee

For more information on becoming a Charity Trustee, and to ensure it is the right decision for you, we recommend visiting:

There is some information on the RSPCA website about Branch Trustees, and we have an online session about Becoming a Branch Trustee, which should hopefully give you more of an idea of what the RSPCA Branch Trustee role will involve.

We hope you are interested in volunteering for our Branch!

For more information and to apply, please contact Karen Gigg on 078125 12317 or



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