Volunteering Opportunity: Trustee with RSPCA Stort Valley Branch

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We want to return the branch to local control by the end of 2023 and to do this we need to recruit a new committee who are passionate about animal welfare in their local area. As a membership organisation, all potential new trustees will need to join the branch and be a member for 3 months before standing for election at the AGM.

Although not a hands-on role , as a Trustee you will have the opportunity to use your professional skills to help deliver animal welfare during this unprecedented animal welfare crisis.

It has never been a better or more crucial time to join the RSPCA as we look forward to our 200 year anniversary next year and focus on our Strategy to 2030. In addition the Branch Programme is an ongoing project working with our Branch Network reviewing our governance and constitution to produce better partnership working with our branches and support our trustees.

Opportunity Type: Long-term Commitment

District: Broxbourne, East Herts

Location: Indoor

Time of day: Weekday Mornings, Weekday Afternoons, Weekday Evenings, Casual or Intermittent

Practical Considerations: N/A

Requirements: Relevant qualification or training, Will require a criminal record check (DBS)

Suitable for: 18 – 25 year olds, Aged 26 and over, Older People, People with a visual impairment, People with restricted mobility

Suitable for volunteers interested in: Animal Welfare, Trusteeship & Governance

Does this opportunity provide wheelchair access?: No

Full Description:

As the Chair of the Branch you will direct the Branch committee meetings and ensure they are properly run, in line with the governing document. You will take the lead in ensuring that trustees comply with their duties and ensuring the charity is well governed. You will have the casting vote in

the event of a tied vote from the committee.


As The Secretary of the Branch you will take the lead on organising committee meetings, taking minutes and arranging the Annual General Meeting (AGM).


As the Treasurer of the Branch you will take the lead on preparing financial reports and presenting these at the Branch committee meeting. You will liaise with professional advisors and oversee the preparation of the annual accounts. You may also take the lead on preparing the annual budget.

All trustees are jointly responsible for the charity, however, we are looking to fill specific roles within the committee and recruit trustee leads in ;

● Animal welfare

● Income generation

● Strategy/Strategic planning

● Retail

● Governance & Compliance .

If you have other skills or experience you think would benefit the branch, these will also be considered.

One of the key roles that we will be looking to recruit for is a trustee who would be able to line manage the Clinic & Shop Managers and we would welcome expressions of interest in this role.