West Somerset Railway

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Director: Volunteer Development



The Director Volunteer Development will be responsible to the PLC Board via of the Chairman. He/she has the lead developmental and policy role on the Board for this activity. Working as one of the Directors within the new PLC structure, the individual concerned will take responsibility for supporting the Board and the management team to optimize the opportunities for, scope and development of volunteers across the West Somerset Railway. The person appointed will work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator Friends Groups, "family" organizations across the WSR and relevant external bodies to help the management team to grow, retain, and sustain an enthusiastic, committed, and flexible volunteer workforce.

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.

Specific Responsibilities
  1. To lead the PLC policy work at Board level and with the management team on the preparation and implementation of a volunteer development plan. This will include external projection of the WSR PLC workforce requirements over the medium term derived from the PLC workforce strategy.
  2. To support the Volunteer Coordinator and management team in the development and sustainability of volunteer recruitment, induction and retention.
  3. To work with the Volunteer Coordinator and management team to create the right cultural and organizational conditions that will attract volunteers to the WSR and secure their ongoing commitment to working on the railway. This would include the development of a welcome pack giving clear information about the PLC, the railway and what is expected of volunteers including the opportunity for probationary periods to facilitate choice for all volunteers where required.
  4. To participate in a proactive process with other Directors and the management team and establishing a formal succession plan activity for business critical and other roles around the PLC where volunteers are necessary and to establish future requirements for targeted volunteer recruitment.
  5. To oversee the development of a comprehensive training programme for all volunteers via the Volunteer Coordinator and management team to include regular competency assessments to ensure that the organization has the right people in the right place.
  6. To facilitate the opportunity for volunteers to develop their skills and aspirations within the railway including assumption of additional responsibilities and more senior roles on a planned basis.
  7. To provide regular reports to the Board and relevant Committees as required.

As a member of the Board, the Director Inward Investment 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 and 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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