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Advisory Group Chairman - Volunteering


Reference: OPP0000200

Activities: Management and supervision, Roles from home

Starts: Anytime


The Volunteering Advisory Group brings together both the volunteering and waterways sectors to understand more fully the wider volunteering context, our strategic approach and best practise in the process of managing volunteers. The Advisory group can also help to ensure that our fully understands the implications of proposed policy changes or particular issues that are relevant to volunteers. Whilst this group is not part of the Trust’s governance mechanism, the Group’s membership will support the Trust's executive and senior team by advising on volunteering issues of significance, especially those that may be innovative or controversial.
The Group has been meeting since 2012 and following a review of activity, has redrafted this document to recognise the changing needs of the Trust and Purpose of the Group.
It involves providing us with expert advice about volunteering issues; practical advice on dealing with volunteer management issues; helping us shape a sustainable programmes.


This is an influential role to help shape understanding, policy and practice for volunteer managers within the Trust. You’ll help ensure that the Trust is exposed to, both within and outside your own areas of expertise and knowledge.

Working with a diverse group of fellow volunteers. Visiting some great places, the Trust has some great offices and meeting spaces.

Helping to steer the development of Trust policy and approach with regard to volunteering and engagement.

We meeting twice a year (typically in June and Sept) and will be provided with all out of pocket expenses. Meetings are usually held either at Hatton Locks near Warwick or in Milton Keynes.

Skills required

Recognised expertise in one or more of the main areas of volunteering and community engagement interest for the Trust:
A wide experience of experiences and knowledge which could include community based volunteering, employee volunteering or more.
Prior experience of committee/group management

No specific waterways experience is needed as we aim to give as full an introduction to the Trust as possible.

This is an advisory role. Volunteer members have no governance responsibility.

Selection is based on an initial conversation with our Volunteering Team. Recommendations for new members are made to our CEO Richard Parry who makes the final appointments.

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