Trustee - Dogs Trust - CLOSED

Posted 29 March 2023
LocationFlexible Working Arrangements

Job description

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The Dogs Trust believe every dog deserves to live life to the full. They won’t rest until they make the world a safe and happy place, not only for dogs, but also the people who love and own them, and they're working to become a global force for good in dog welfare.

They’ve been helping dogs for over 130 years. In that time, they’ve found forever homes for hundreds of thousands of faithful friends, dramatically reduced numbers being put to sleep, and helped to all but eliminate strays from the UK’s streets. They've instigated the establishment of universal microchipping, campaigned tirelessly on important issues such as puppy smuggling and grown influence and impact on the international stage. But they know there’s so much more to do. There are millions of dogs – and people who love dogs – around the world who still need support. They need to grow their reach and impact to help even more dogs – in the UK and beyond. Their new strategy is designed to help them do just that.

They now have a wonderful opportunity join their Board of Trustees, referred to as their Council. The role offers the chance to join a well-established and reflective group, each of whom brings an impressive portfolio of skills and experience. Most importantly, however, they also share an absolute passion for helping dogs in need; and as Dogs Trust’s governing body, they work in a supportive, collegial way to deliver the very best services for dogs, dog owners and the generations of dogs to come.

Candidates should understand the importance of good governance, whether in the commercial or third sector, have an understanding of both business and charities, and a warm appreciation of what they do. They are looking for an outgoing, engaging style, and a willingness to act as an ambassador for Dogs Trust, occasionally representing the charity at events and fundraisers. The successful candidates would also potentially sit on their Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GP), which advises on finance, audit and risk matters, so relevant skills are highly desirable.

Appointments would be made on an initial three-year term basis, with the option to extend for two further terms following successful conclusion of the first term. They would particularly welcome interest from candidates who bring backgrounds or personal perspectives which could enrich the current composition of their Council. This could include (but isn’t limited to) age, socio-economic or demographic circumstances, a minoritised ethnicity, sex or gender.

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