Founded in 2013, Fidra seeks to achieve pragmatic and proportionate solutions to discrete environmental issues using best available science, working in collaboration with the public, industry and government. We are reducing plastic and chemical pollution from pellets, packaging and pitches through our projects The Great Nurdle Hunt, PFASfree and Pitch-in. Our work on the Cotton Bud Project led manufacturers and retailers to change plastic cotton bud sticks to paper, resulting in the first successful single-use plastic action in the UK. Our Best Fishes project aims to minimise Scottish salmon farming’s environmental impacts and we continue to evolve new projects to reduce threats to the environment from pollution and habitat degradation.
Fidra is a trustee led charity, and benefits from clarity of vision, a clear approach, focus, engaged and active trustees, and a small strong team. We are fortunate to have a solid funding base and have stability to continue to realise our vision at this challenging time.
Fidra is a Scottish registered charity and SCIO no.SC043895
Supported by an engaged Trustee board and working closely with the Chair and the Fidra team, you will be responsible for delivery of organisational and project strategy.
You are an exceptional individual bringing significant experience of programme, senior management and strong people management skills alongside an enthusiasm for motivating and mentoring your team. You will have experience of reporting to a board of Trustees or equivalent and a strong commitment to the environment.
This is a rare opportunity to join a thriving organisation and we look forward to welcoming you to Fidra.
There is a rare opportunity to join the Board of Citizens Advice Bureau, Musselburgh as Chair of the Board of Trustees. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the community through an organisation that provides vital help and support to local people.
The posts are voluntary, requiring attendance at five Board meetings per year, with some additional time commitment.
The Bureau, located on Musselburgh High Street, operates during normal business hours as well as providing outreach services. There is a drop-in service for general advice, delivered by a team of dedicated and highly skilled employed and volunteer staff, such as specialist money/finance, benefit and employment advisers. The Bureau is a charity and governed by a Board of (currently) 9 Trustees. More details of the organisation, including relating to its aims and ethos, can be accessed on: musselburghcab.org.uk
The Chair will direct and draw the Board together, as well as providing a communications and support link between the two employed Bureau Chief Officers (job share) and the Trustees. Further, the Chair presides over Board meetings and ensures that appropriate governance is undertaken. In addition, the Chair represents the Bureau at public events and negotiates for funds where required or appropriate. Hence, particularly for the Chair position, relevant experience relating to governance, leadership, negotiation, delegation and line management is sought, as well as excellent communication skills.
The Chair will take an active role as a Trustee within the Board, discussing, considering and deciding upon issues in relation to the governance of the Bureau. Hence, experience from a business, management, finance and/or legal background would be welcome, although, not essential.
Although, not financially remunerated, the role is high profile and respected within the community. It makes a valuable contribution to the aims of the Bureau, so that local people do not suffer through lack of knowledge of their rights and responsibilities, or of the services available to them, or through an inability to express their need effectively. Further, it contributes to the development of social policies and services to help and support the public.