Trustee: Business Development Support Board Member. Noah's A.R.T

Noah’s ART is a limited by guarantee incorporated company with amended articles of association for not for profit. The company is moving into an exciting phase of its evolution and seeking a board member to support with the development of the business and commercial sustainability. Recent lottery funding has given the company an opportunity to be more strategic and plan for our future rather than being reactive. Funding is gradually reducing over the next three years so we must ensure any decisions and directions taken now place Noah’s ART in a strong and viable position for future growth. Noah’s ART are hoping to engage in a community asset transfer (CAT) with TMBC to develop new premises and grounds. The board meets every three months to review and agree strategic decisions regarding the not for profit and commercial elements of the business. Meetings last approximately 2 hours with some preparation expected from each member.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Monthly, Quarterly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

The new board member will be expected to bring opportunities and strategic knowledge to decision making in order to support Noah’s ART to develop a robust sustainability plan.
Board member will have links with either mental health service, education or schools as well as business acumen.
Meet every 3 months or if urgent decisions required, occasional events

Their role will include:
• Being an ambassador for Noah’s ART within the local community
• Attending board meetings held every 3 months and providing strategic suggestions for sustainability and growth
• Contribute to decision making for CAT
• Attending key events within voluntary sector and representing Noah’s ART
• Supporting the development of the business plan
• Contributing to discussions, policies and strategy plans
• Attending training as required by the role

Skill and Qualifications Required:

Person specification
• the ideal candidate will have a good understanding of Noah’s ART aims and objectives
• have a good understanding of the board’s objectives
• some business experience within voluntary sector, education, mental health & NHS and/or social care
• experience of grant funding, fundraising and commercial strategy
• bring a fresh and unique approach to Noah’s ART vision
• support maintenance of high standards of care and operational activities
• prepared to share the vison and become an ambassador for Noah’s ART within the local community setting
Team working
• to have strong opinions but willing to listen to all viewpoints
before making final decisions
• analyse issues objectively and raise issues regarding implication of decisions
• to accept decisions once agreed by board
• work collaboratively for benefit of Noah’s ART
• attends all meetings as regularly as possible
• to be prepared and motivated for the discussions
• respect the confidential nature of board discussions
• complete actions within requested timescales

The ideal candidate will have some of the following:
• business acumen especially within voluntary sector or commercial sectors
• business or personal experience of mental health services, NHS, education or social care sectors
• experience of applying for funding
• experience of developing new commercial services such as training courses, running retreats, delivering services within the voluntary sectors
• experience of developing a corporate responsibility policy and strategy on approaching corporate organisations for sponsorship and selling wellbeing services
• experience of fundraising

Areas of Interest: Animals, Community centre, Financial Services, Legal, Mental Health
Opportunity suitable for: Indoor, Long term commitment, Older people, People with a visual impairment, People with restricted mobility, University students, 18 and over
What activities will the volunteer do? Administration, Legal work, Trusteeship
Skills gained in this role: Governance, Listening, Organising, Talking to others, Teamwork
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: Clearly marked accessible parking spaces, Step free access clearly signposted into the building, Automatic opening doors, Accessible toilets, Area for assistance dogs nearby

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Noah's ART
Organisation Profile: Noah’s A.R.T. is a progressive, innovative and therapeutic service developed by an experienced mental health nurse – Sharon Hall. Our goal is to utilise the human-animal bond to increase wellbeing. We have over 4 years experience visiting care homes, learning disability groups & NHS mental health wards with our therapy animals. We work with dogs, cats, rats, mice and rescue rabbits and guinea pigs. As well as our visiting service we run from the Together Centre @ Loxley House every Tuesday & Thursday. Here we provide a safe space to relax, have a cuppa & some cake, be creative doing arts and crafts and take part in fun activities with our animals!