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Honorary Secretary, CPRE Oxfordshire

Branch & Location: CPRE Oxfordshire (home-based, with meetings at Branch office in Watlington and at Oxford Town Hall)
Salary: This is a voluntary role, expenses will be reimbursed
Closing date: Thursday 28th February 2019
Interview date: TBC

The Oxfordshire Campaign to Protect Rural England is looking for an Honorary Secretary - Just a few hours a month of your time could make a big difference!

The Oxfordshire Campaign to Protect Rural England is looking for an Honorary Secretary - a volunteer to do good, accurate minutes in a timely fashion and contribute, alongside other Trustees, to the good administration of the Charity.  We need someone who is IT-literate with good organisational and communication skills.  This is a great opportunity to put your admin skills to use and help protect our local countryside and rural communities.   

Main duties /responsibilities of the role:
• Co-ordinating agenda and taking the minutes at 4 ‘double meetings’ – the work at one being much overlapped by the other.  These are our quarterly Branch Management Committee meetings (held at the Branch Office in Watlington – normally a Monday morning, but flexible) followed in each case by our Branch Executive Committee meetings (held at Oxford Town Hall, 7pm-9pm, Thurs evenings).  Naturally we would like the person in this role to attend the majority of the meetings, but cover can of course be arranged on occasion as required.
• Taking minutes and helping to ensure smooth running of our Annual General Meeting (usually a Saturday in June or July, location moves around Oxfordshire).
• Filing of the Annual Report with the Charity Commission and Companies House.
• Helping, where possible, to answer queries from CPRE members and trustees on the Branch constitution and procedural matters such as signposting advice on good practice and charity governance.

The Branch has a part-time paid administrator who can assist the Honorary Secretary as appropriate, but we would be delighted to have a volunteer on board who can bring their time and skills to the role.

The Honorary Secretary is a trustee role, so the successful candidate would also be invited to join our Board of Trustees.

Skills and experience desired to fulfil the role:
This is an excellent opportunity to play a senior role in a respected local environmental organisation, applying your administrative skills and experience to make a real difference, and being part of a friendly and passionate group.
Ideally, we hope that you can offer us most of the qualities described below:
• Excellent organisational and secretarial skills
• Good attention to detail
• Good written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work as a team member with a group of committed volunteers
• Competence with IT including word processing, email, internet and database
• Can attend meetings or, when not possible, can provide updates for meetings
• An interest in the countryside.

Development/Training opportunities:
For a candidate with the right basic skills and approach, we would be very happy to discuss and support any training and development needs.

 Hours per week and location base:
As a guide, we anticipate this voluntary role will take a few hours a month, with attendance at nine meetings per year (see further info above)

A brief overview of the branch:
CPRE Oxfordshire was one of the earliest CPRE Branches, established in 1931.

Oxfordshire is the most rural county in the South East, with more than half of its residents living in small towns or villages. But the challenges are coming thick and fast. Growth targets to 2031 envisage 85,000 more jobs and 100,000 more houses - the equivalent of 2 new Oxfords- with inevitable environmental and social pressures. Beyond this, we have the challenge of the proposed new Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor, including a major new Expressway that would cut across the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, and potentially a doubling of Oxfordshire housing stock.

Our rural communities are therefore under threat from large-scale development but are nonetheless suffering from a lack of affordable housing, cuts to public transport and increasing pressure on local services and the environment.

CPRE fights for the right development in the right place.

At CPRE Oxfordshire:
- We monitor and respond to hundreds of local planning applications.
- We campaign to influence local and national policies.
- We give advice and support to parish councils and local campaign groups.
- We promote solutions such as re-using already developed land or increasing housing density.
- We take action to improve the countryside and help rural communities, such as creating and maintaining walks like the Oxford Green Belt Way and the D’Arcy Dalton Way.

We have a lively and active Trustee Board and currently four District Committees.  We are now looking for an Honorary Secretary to assist our staff and existing volunteers in providing effective administration for the branch.

Details of how to apply for job/role:
Please email a CV and covering letter to the Branch Chairman: Dr Peter Collins: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.For an informal discussion about the role please contact our Branch Director Helen Marshall by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone: 01491 612 079 Mobile: 07791 376 365.  For more information about the work of CPRE Oxfordshire and other volunteering roles available, please contact the Branch Office on 01491 612 079 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website:



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