West Somerset Railway

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Director: Strategy, Planning and Partnerships



The Director, Strategy, Planning, and Partnerships will be responsible to the PLC Board via the Chairman. Working closely with the management team and other Directors, the individual concerned will take particular Board level leadership and responsibility for policy and development/coordination around implementation of the Corporate Plan, Business Plan and designated major projects including corporate restructuring. The portfolio holder will also play a major role in relation to partnerships particularly in the context of the Partnership Development Group. The person appointed must work with the Chairman, Vice Chairman, and other Directors to ensure that all the responsibilities, requirements, and obligations of PLC are identified and delivered through the Board and the management team.

This is a voluntary role undertaken initially in a hybrid management role and then subsequently in a non-executive capacity within the new corporate structure being designed and implemented across the PLC and is in addition to the corporate board responsibilities of a PLC Director.

  1. Strategic and Business Planning
    1. To be responsible at Board level for supporting the management team in the implementation of the PLC Corporate Plan.
    2. To support the Director, Marketing and Inward investment and Finance Director in identifying external sources of funding for agreed major priority schemes for the PLC.
    3. To work with the Director, Governance, Finance Director, and General Manager on the development of the three-year Business Plan including the annual planning cycle. To secure Board agreement and to support implementation.
    4. To chair the Forward Planning Group including agreeing and organizing agendas and papers. To ensure that decisions and actions agreed are taken.
  2. Major Projects and Partnerships
    1. To be responsible for and chair the Taunton to Bishops Lydeard Working Group and for the delivery of the respective phases of scoping, appraisal and feasibility around service reinstatement. This includes the necessary engagement with all external stakeholders.
    2. To chair the Bishops Lydeard Development Group and to coordinate and lead the development of a coherent and realistic business proposal including funding options across the participating organizations. This includes the necessary engagement with all external stakeholders.
    3. To be the PLC representative on the Partnership Development Group and to ensure the PLC's views are taking into account through the work of the group and subsequent decisions and actions taken. In line with the agreed governance framework, to ensure that the PLC Board is consulted on all matters where a WSR PLC decision is required and to act as a conduit for issues to be addressed in other areas of the Company.
    4. To work with the Chairman and Director Governance to coordinate and run the PLC stakeholder meetings.
  3. Corporate Programmes
    1. To take lead responsibility working with the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Director Governance for the development and implementation of the corporate restructuring programme. To secure Board approval for the respective phases of delivery in accordance with the agreed implementation plan.
    2. To be a member of the Audit Committee and the Policies and Procedures Committee
Corporate Responsibilities

As a member of the Board, the Chairman will be expected to fulfil the statutory duties of a PLC Director which include:

  1. To ensure that WSR PLC complies with its governing document, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  2. To ensure that WSR PLC pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
  3. To ensure WSR PLC uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the company must not spend money on activities, which are not included in its own objects or corporate plan, no matter how worthwhile those activities are.
  4. To contribute actively to the Board's role in giving firm strategic direction to WSR PLC, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  5. To safeguard the good name and values of WSR PLC.
  6. To ensure the effective and efficient administration of WSR PLC.
  7. To ensure the financial stability of WSR PLC.
  8. To protect and manage the property of the company and to ensure the proper investment of the company's funds.
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