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Chair of Board and Trustees including Finance & HR Specialists Bramley Elderly Action (including BEA and OWLS)

Help us reduce loneliness and increase happiness in older people in Northwest Leeds.

  • Location: Northwest Leeds
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid

Bramley Elderly Action (including BEA and OWLS) is looking to recruit a Chair of the Board and a range of Trustees, including people with specialist experience in HR and Finance to lead Committees. Trustees will bring their skills to support the further development of the charity and its positive impact on older people in our communities.

Who we are.

Set up in 1994 by local people, BEA/OWLS is a community-based charity with a community interest company called UpBEAt, which runs Bramley Community Shop. In 2011, we set up Older Wiser Local Seniors (OWLS) to provide the Neighbourhood Network Service in Headingley, Burley, Hyde Park and parts of Kirkstall. We currently have around 1,500 members.

With a small staff team and 200 volunteers, we work with a range of partner organisations, both voluntary and statutory, to improve health, increase happiness, and reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people.

At a strategic level, we seek to influence local and city-wide policy development as active members of the community and Leeds’ third sector. We share good practices whilst at the same time learning from others.

Our strategic aims are to:

  • Increase membership of the charity and the happiness of our members.
  • Be more effective and efficient.
  • Further engage our members, volunteers and staff, and ensure that we remain sustainable as an organisation.

About the roles.

The Chair of the Board will manage Board meetings, support the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board of Trustees is well-inducted, managed and developed to be effective and efficient in its governance responsibilities.

Committee Chairs will bring their HR and Finance experience to strengthen the technical capability of our committees. As well as Chairing the Committee Meetings, Committee Chairs will lead the strategic development of key finance and people issues.

Other people who want to be Trustees, regardless of background, will help to maintain oversight of the financial health and sustainability of the organisation and ensure that our resources are managed in a way that achieves the charity’s objectives.

Who we are looking for.

First and foremost, we are looking for local people committed to helping older people live happy lives in our community. A willingness to invest the time and effort in delivering for local older people is important to us.

Specifically, we are looking for a Chair of the Board who is ambitious for the organisation, is comfortable building a good local profile and can develop influential relationships with partners and other stakeholders. The Chair will run the Board meetings, support and constructively challenge the Chief Executive and continue to drive Board Member engagement and effectiveness.

We are looking for Committee Chairs with specialist backgrounds in finance and HR to lead the following committees:

The People Committee meets quarterly between main board meetings and supports the organisation with staffing and volunteer considerations, including the strategic development of the volunteer programme and how that integrates with staffing. We have recently undertaken a full review of pay and conditions for staff and will continue to work through the recommendations. It would be helpful if the Chair of the People Committee had an appreciation and understanding of volunteering in the charity sector.

The Money Committee focuses on the finances, management accounts and the budget cycle. The Committee will work through the deeper financial analysis of the organisation’s income and expenditure and guide the wider Board on the financial implications of changes in how we receive payment for services and risks of proposed investments. We own our property and gain income from a range of sources, including rent, grants as well as significant income from Leeds City Council. Ensuring accurate forecasting and improving the visibility of potential income is an important part of the Committee’s role.

We are open to the other backgrounds of people who wish to put themselves forward as Trustees.

All Trustees need to think strategically, challenge constructively and listen to others to ensure that we are inclusive and all voices are heard.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Grant Taylor | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07958 690184

Todd Johnson | todd@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07535 423577

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Grant Taylor

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Welcome from the Board

Dear Potential Trustee,

Thank you for your interest in joining the Board of Trustees at BEA/OWLS.

This recruitment website aims to give you key information. However, we are working with Peridot Partners, who will support you with any questions and further information.

We aim to have a diverse trustee Board that reflects the communities we serve.

We welcome applications from people who may not have been a Trustee before and will provide you with training and support to become confident in the role. If you’re not sure whether this is for you but would like to talk it through, please get in touch with our recruitment consultants, Grant or Todd.

BEA/OWLS is a great place to volunteer your time, and as a Trustee, you can be part of making a real difference in the support and opportunities available to older people locally.

We hope you find this website useful, and thanks again for your time and interest.

Best wishes,

Toby (Chair), Brendan, Dave, Jean and, Laura – the current Trustees

About BEA

BEA/OWLS support older people in northwest Leeds.

We offer weekly activities, day trips, a befriending scheme, help people to use technology and lots more. We run two separate schemes – Bramley Elderly Action and OWLS – and you can read more about each on the linked websites.

You can also watch this video to see members talking about a recent project (you’ll need the password “owls” to access it).

We receive significant funding from Leeds City Council through the neighbourhood networks scheme but also generate income from various other sources. In the last year, we invested over £500,000 in supporting older people in our communities, and we have around 1,500 members who benefit from our services.



Learn more about BEA

Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information or to organise a conversation, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Grant Taylor | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07958 690184

Todd Johnson | todd@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07535 423577

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Grant Taylor | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07958 690184

    Todd Johnson | todd@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07535 423577

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 13th May 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: By 5 p.m. Monday 20th May 2024
    Interviews: Wednesday 29th (pm) and/or Friday 31st (all day) May 2024
    Meet Trustees and observe board meeting: Friday 7th June 2024 (am)

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