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Have a legal background or previous experience as Company Secretary? This could be the role for you

Trustee / Committee volunteer needed for Ridgeline Trust in RG6

Ridgeline Trust provides Social and Therapeutic Horticultural Therapy at a beautiful award-winning garden with an all-weather pavilion in East Reading for people with experience of physical or mental disabilities and other special needs. Details are on our website www.ridgelinetrust.org.uk.

We firmly believe that gardening and meeting people is good for you!

The Charity is registered as a Company limited by Guarantee. Its formal title is East Reading Horticultural Therapy and Community Based Training Ltd.

We would like to find someone who would be able to take over as Company Secretary within the coming year after a period of shadowing the present long-serving post holder who would like to retire. It would be preferable, but not essential, that the Company Secretary would be willing to serve as a Trustee.

We currently have five Trustees plus a qualified accountant acting as Treasurer.

Someone with legal qualifications or a qualification and experience as a Company Secretary would be ideal. The present Company Secretary, currently also the Chair, is a retired lawyer, and will remain a Trustee for at least one year, and he would be on hand to advise and assist as required. We would like to have different people filling the roles of Chair and Company Secretary.

The main role is to support the Chair by ensuring that the Board/Planning Group functions smoothly, in particular:

  • Setting agendas for Trustee and Planning Group meetings, circulating papers, writing minutes and action notes
  • Ensuring that all documentation which Ridgeline Trust is required by law to have in place is prepared and agreed by the Board of Trustees and sent to Companies House and the Charity Commission
  • Ensuring that Ridgeline Trust complies at all times with relevant legislation and regulations
  • Reviewing and drafting occasional legal documents
  • Participating in reviews of policy and procedures

The Company Secretary and other Trustees and will be expected to attend monthly Board Meetings which are normally held on Monday or Wednesday evenings, although we do sometimes hold day time meetings and could do so more often if that would be more convenient to all. In addition there may be a small number of other meetings including the Annual General Meeting.

We are a friendly organisation with a good number of enthusiastic volunteers. Involvement in our main fundraising events the Plant Sale and Harvest Fete would be encouraged, but it is not essential.

Contact person firstname
Graham Johnson, Company Secretary and Chair of Trustees
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 9261 790
0779 6092 041
Contact instructions?
In the first instance please contact us by email
Location address line 1
Ridgeline Therapeutic Garden
Line 2
25 Whiteknights Road

Wheelchair accessible?
Car parking for the volunteer?
Secure bicycle parking?
Near public transport?
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Monthly board meetings and AGM currently Monday or Wenesday evenings but can be changed to suit attendees .Plus occasional working groups or subcommittees.
Trustees keep in touch between meetings mainly by email
Task type?
Trustee / Committee
Will suit someone like this:
Self organised/motivatedHappy to work soloPrecise and methodicalBusiness orientatedNegotiatorNetworkerCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Is training given?
Training description
Induction training given by colleagues and external courses and online guidance as availabler
Is support given?
Description of support
Regular contact with the Chair and other Trustees and access to the resources of RVA and NCVO
Are expenses paid?
Description of expenses
Travel expenses offered as appropriate and reimbursement of any expenses reasonably incurred on behalf of the charity
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
30 October 2019

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