Closing date: 10 June 2019
Job Type: Unpaid trustee
Location: Central London
Chair and Trustees
SPANA is the leading UK charity for working animals and the 600 million people who depend on them for their livelihood. Founded in 1923, SPANA works in 25 developing countries worldwide, providing free veterinary treatment to working animals. Last year, SPANA provided more than 376,000 veterinary treatments to working animals, such as horses, donkeys, camels and elephants. By doing the jobs of trucks, tractors and taxis, these animals help provide an income for families in many of the world’s poorest communities. Without SPANA, most of these animals would have no access to veterinary care when they are sick or injured.
SPANA currently works in 25 countries and runs permanent veterinary programmes in a number of core countries, including Morocco, Ethiopia, Mali, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Mauritania, Botswana and Tunisia. SPANA also operates an emergency programme, enabling the charity to intervene in response to conflicts and natural disasters to help animals and their owners in desperate need.
In addition to veterinary programmes, SPANA runs a humane education programme to help schoolchildren overseas – the animal owners of the future – to develop feelings of compassion, empathy and respect for animals and help bring about long-term improvements in their welfare.
The charity also carries out a community training programme, working with animal owners to address the root causes of welfare problems, rather than simply treating problems after they have arisen. The programme includes training in basic animal care skills and community-led projects such as local harness production. It aims to change attitudes and behaviours, promoting humane treatment of animals and reducing preventable problems and the need for veterinary services.
SPANA is now seeking to appoint a new Chair and three Trustees.
The role of the Chair is to lead the Board of Trustees, ensuring that it fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of the charity, in partnership with the Chief Executive in order to optimise the relationship between the Board of Trustees and the staff and volunteers of SPANA. You will be an ambassador for the charity and will bring relevant experience of chairing boards or senior committees and show strong leadership and governance skills. International experience is highly desirable as is a strategic operations background and the ability to engage with politicians. You will be a good listener, diplomatic, democratic and collaborative.
The role of the Trustees is to ensure that the charity is effectively and efficiently managed and to act with an understanding of the governance role of charitable Trustees. We are particularly keen to speak with people who bring experience of board level strategic and management discussions, in an Executive or Non-Executive role. We are looking to recruit Trustees with experience in one or more of the following areas; Community Training, Brand Communications & Marketing, International Development programme delivery or operations, HR, veterinary medicine. Highly desirable additional skills include an understanding of international security and political awareness as well as conversational French or Arabic.
For full information about either role including how to apply please click on the link.
Closing date is 9am, Monday 10 June 2019.
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