The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH – Charity No.1180574) is the membership body for dog and cat rescue organisations in the British Isles. Our 140 members include rescues of all sizes, from those with multiple centres helping tens of thousands of animals annually, to small, volunteer-run groups operating from foster homes or rented premises. All are welcome within the Association and have equal standing.
The Association works on a not-for-profit basis to raise animal welfare and operational standards across the sector, provide learning and networking opportunities, and offers a growing range of member benefits, including access to grant funding and product discounts. Our annual two-day Conference attracts over 400 delegates each day. We are a growing and dynamic Association with an enduring commitment to supporting our members in all that they do.
The Charity is governed by a Trustee board comprising an elected Chair and Vice Chair, an appointed Secretary and Treasurer and a mix of elected and appointed volunteer Trustees. The Association’s members delegate authority for its day-to-day management to the Trustee board, whose work is supported by one full-time and one part-time member of staff. Current Trustees are passionate about animal welfare and furthering the aims of the Association. More information, including our current Strategic Plan, is available at http://www.adch.org.uk/.
We are now seeking to appoint
to oversee all aspects of the Association and play a leading role in its exciting and ambitious growth and development, and to engage closely and effectively in the activities and workings of the Association.
In particular, we actively seek individuals with, or with access to, skills and experience in the areas of IT/CRM; risk and governance; income generation/fundraising; marketing/communications.
Key responsibilities include
- To determine the strategic direction of the Association through good governance and clear strategic planning;
- To approve the Charity’s Mission, Vision, Values and Strategy;
- Collectively with the other Trustees, to ensure that the Charity functions within the legal, charitable and financial requirements of a charitable organisation, within company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations and strives to achieve best practice;
- To ensure that the Charity pursues its objects as defined in its governing document and uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects;
- To ensure effective and efficient administration of the Charity;
- To ensure the long-term financial stability of the Charity, including the robust systems of financial control, and the safeguarding and protection of charity assets in accordance with the Association’s stated aims and objectives and relevant legislation;
- An understanding of the ADCH, its structure and operation and key issues facing its members;
- To attend all meetings of the Board and of any Committees, studying papers in advance of each meeting and actively participating in constructive debate and decision-making.
Approximately one hour per week, plus attendance at Trustee Board meetings, Open Meetings, Workshops, AGM and Conference.
Please note that this is a voluntary role. Travel and other expenses associated with attendance at meetings will be reimbursed in accordance with the Charity’s Expenses Policy.
If you are interested in this role, please send your CV and a Supporting Statement to
Claire Horton, ADCH Chairman (email@example.com) by no later than 5pm on
Friday 14 December 2018. Interviews will take place during the week commencing Monday 7 January 2019.
Your Supporting Statement is a very important part of your application. We cannot make any assumptions about your knowledge, skills and experience so the information that you provide is vital for us to decide whether to shortlist you for an interview. It should be no more than 1,000 words. Please demonstrate how you meet the key responsibilities and skills required in the Role Description and why you are interested in helping the ADCH.