Non-Executive Director - Brockholes Enterprises Ltd

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The Wildlife Trusts

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Preston, United Kingdom

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22 days ago

Closing date: Friday 16 September 2022
Salary: Voluntary Position
Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Part time
Location:

Brockholes Nature Reserve,

Just off Junction 31 of the M6, Preston , Lancashire, PR5 OAG
We have an exciting opportunity to join our friendly and experienced board in supporting and guiding our commercial operations to the next level. If you have a strong commercial background, in particular within Hospitality or Tourism, we would love to hear from you.

Background

Brockholes Enterprises Limited, BELT, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lancashire Wildlife Trust, LWT, which is the leading conservation charity in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and North Merseyside.

BELT was established as the vehicle for the commercial activities of the Trust. Charities legislation requires that, once a certain revenue threshold is passed, these are performed in a limited company subsidiary. BELT currently operates the car parking, café, shop and conference centre/wedding venue at Brockholes nature reserve near Preston, a café adjoining the HIVE in Moss Bank Park Bolton and carparking and a café at Mere Sands Wood near Ormskirk. In 2021 BELT turned over, just over [£1m].

BELT is governed by a board of directors consisting of Executives and Trustees of the parent Trust and independent Non-executive Directors. Following the recent retirement of a director the board is looking to recruit a non-executive director with a tourism and hospitality background. The post is a voluntary position.

The Role of BELT Board

The BELT Board has the following responsibilities:

  • To monitor BELT performance
  • To require corrective action when necessary
  • To review and authorise strategies, plans and budgets
  • To ensure compliance with LWT objectives

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  • To support, advise and mentor BELT management team

Personal Characteristics

The successful candidate is likely to hold a hospitality qualification and to hold or have held a senior position in a commercial company, for example, an area manager role in a restaurant or pub chain. They will be experienced in hospitality related systems and processes, for example, stocktaking systems or monitoring wastage/stock control. They will be looking to use their skill and experience to contribute to the work of governance and management of BELT and to the work of the Trust.

You will be looking to engage with a friendly and welcoming board, working as part of a team. You will gain experience of strategy and management and be at the centre of the organisation, enabling you to truly make a difference.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

BELT board directors must:

  • Act within the company’s Articles of Association and the relevant statutory and regulatory framework
  • Promote the success of the company
  • Act with reasonable diligence, skill and care
  • Exercise independent judgement
  • Not accept benefits from third parties
  • Act in the best interests of the company, ensuring any conflict of interest or loyalty is declared, avoided or managed

Tenure

Successful candidates would serve for an initial period of three years with opportunities thereafter for reappointment. The maximum term of appointment is generally nine years, unless a further appointment is in the best interests of the company.

How to Apply

Please send CVs and expressions of interest to Monica Atherton Patel, mathertonpatel@lancswt.org.uk , or call 01772 317242 to arrange an informal chat to find out more.

In order to help you understand the work of the Board and for us to get to know you, we will invite chosen applicants to a discussion and interview with a panel of Directors.