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Volunteer WEA Board Committee - Scotland



Posted over 30 days ago...

WEA is seeking to appoint co-opted Board Committee members who have worked nationally in England or Scotland with recognised qualifications or experience in finance, income generation, audit or governance in Scotland.


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Remote - across Scotland, EH6 5NP

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Expires at anytime

What will you be doing?

Candidates should be able to demonstrate their ability to operate at a strategic level and demonstrate the principles of good governance. Committees of the Board of Trustees apply detailed, specialist scrutiny to matters within their respective remits, and support the Board in carrying out specific duties or oversight more thoroughly and effectively than the Board could otherwise do by acting together as a full board.   Term of office, time commitment and format of meetings  The total time for Board Committee membership is estimated at 1 day per month. A typical term of office is 3 years, subject to annual review and renewable for a further final term of 3 years by agreement of the Board.   The majority of our Board Committee meetings take place on Microsoft Teams.   Prior to appointment, individuals wishing to serve as a Board Committee Member must declare their business interests and confirm that they meet the requirements for safer recruitment checks.  The role is unremunerated, although expenses incurred in carrying out committee business will be reimbursed in accordance with WEA’s expenses policy.  Candidates should have an interest in and commitment to adult education for social purpose and a desire to take an active role in strengthening WEA’s governance.  WEA puts equality, diversity and inclusion at the core of its values and is looking to increase diversity across the Association, and particularly among its leadership.  We welcome applications from across the UK, particularly from individuals who can bring stakeholder perspectives to complement the experience of existing Committee Members, which may include (but is not limited to): 

Lived experience relevant to the work of WEA, including those who have experienced social disadvantage, marginalisation or exclusion;  Experience of being supported by WEA’s education offer;  Experience of advocating for and defending access to education and/or social inclusion at a grassroots level. 

What are we looking for?

Demonstrate a strong passion and commitment to the Association, its strategic objectives, and charitable aims.  Good, independent judgment.  Ability to work effectively as a member of a team  Strong interpersonal skills, networking and relationship-building abilities, and demonstrable experience of partnership working.  Understanding and acceptance of the responsibilities of committee membership.  Ability to commit the time required for the role, including for any training.  Commitment to equal opportunities and the promotion of equality, inclusion and diversity.  Willingness to undertake a DBS disclosure and eligibility checks in accordance with DfE requirements and the Charity Commission as part of WEA’s recruitment policy. 

What difference will you make?

This volunteer role as a co-opted Board Committee member will make a tangible difference by bringing specialised expertise to WEA's strategic planning and decision-making processes, ensuring effective financial management, organisational development, and alignment with educational policies.  Through your dedicated contributions, you will help strengthen WEA's ability to deliver accessible and high-quality education, ultimately empowering individuals across England and Scotland to reach their full potential.


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