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RSPCA Ashford in Kent seeks Branch Trustee with legal expertise

RSPCA Ashford in Kent seeks Branch Trustee with legal expertise

Closing Date
24 October 2021
Ashford, Kent
Time Commitment
2 hours a week

The RSPCA Kent Ashford, Tenterden & District Branch is a local Branch of the RSPCA supporting the work of Inspectors. Our charity is based primarily from our cat rehabilitation and rehoming centre in Ashford; we take cats in from a life of abuse, neglect, abandonment or suffering and care for them until they are ready to be rehomed.

We support the local community and animals however we can and offer services such as low-cost neutering, microchipping and veterinary treatment for owned domestic animals such as cats, dog and rabbits, where the owner is in receipt of benefits.

We fundraise locally to support the work of our animal centre – in part, through our charity shop in Willesborough.

Our charity is run by a local group of volunteer trustees – we welcome expressions of interest to join our growing and diverse board.

Primary responsibilities of the Branch Trustee – Legal and GDPR

  • Assist the Branch in ensuring that activities are GDPR compliant and reviewing and updating the Branch processing activities register.
  • Support the Branch in developing and updating Branch policies, particularly the Branch privacy notice and internal data protection policy, to make sure they are compliant.
  • Support the Branch when liaising with external specialist providers such as HR and health and safety specialists.
  • The Branch may occasionally enter into new leases with regards to its charity shops; so, liaising with external specialists for advice if it does not fall under your area of expertise.
  • To assist the Branch when developing new schemes, such as providing welfare assistance to those on low incomes, to ensure any new schemes are GDPR compliant.

Core Branch Trustee responsibilities

  • Appreciate and support the aims and policies of the RSPCA.
  • Work in conjunction with fellow trustees and branch officers and jointly act in making decisions for the best interest of the branch and the RSPCA.
  • Work with national RSPCA staff to ensure that the branch meets all minimum animal welfare standards (MAWS).
  • In conjunction with your fellow trustees and Branch Support Specialist write, adopt, monitor, and review a development plan setting out the short and long term aims of your branch.
  • Actively participate in branch committee meetings and to attend the branch annual general meeting and regional conference.
  • Be aware of the outcome of regional board meetings and support regional initiatives.
  • Actively promote and advertise the society in an ongoing programme to recruit new branch trustees and volunteers and welcome new members.
  • In conjunction with your fellow trustees, ensure the proper management and control of all activities and decisions relating to any premises held or staff employed by the branch if applicable.

What we are looking for in a volunteer:

We are committed to creating a Board which is representative of our society and in particular, our community and surrounding areas so encourage people from any background to apply for any of our opportunities.

Alongside legal and GDPR compliance experience, we are looking for someone who is committed to the RSPCA’s charitable objectives and shares our passion for animal welfare. You would be creative, innovative, bring a fresh perspective, and can put ideas into action.

You will need to be able to work with people and have good interpersonal skills. You do not need to be an expert although commitment, common sense, and the ability to be objective are vital.

What we can offer you as a volunteer Branch Trustee – Legal and GDPR

  • We will provide you with a comprehensive trustee training course which will provide you will everything you need to carry out the role.
  • Ongoing support is also provided by regional and national RSPCA staff in addition to any additional training provided by the relevant branch.
  • The platform to utilise your skills and experience to oversee the charity and make decisions that have a direct impact on local animal welfare.
  • The opportunity to gain new skills and develop existing ones, whilst making a real difference to the lives of animals.
  • A way to expand your professional and personal network through working with like-minded people.

Practical considerations

  • Please also note that to become a Trustee, you will need to be aged 18 or over and a member of our branch for three months before you are eligible to be elected.
  • Trustees are elected for a 12-month term each year.
  • Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Trustees must sign a Trustee Declaration of Willingness to Act to clarify that they are not disqualified from being a trustee and read the Charity Commission’s guidance for individuals on who cannot be a trustee or senior manager of a charity.
  • References will also be required.

Please click here for application details