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  • Director Vacancies

    We are currently looking for several new volunteer Directors to join the board of our trading subsidiary the Avon Valley Railway Company Ltd. These positions help provide strategic oversight of the railway’s day to day operations.

    We are currently recruiting for
    Infrastructure Director
    Visitor Services & Volunteering Director

    Engineering Director
    Finance Director

    Commitment
    One Board meeting per month and full day strategy days plus practical support to the team

    Infrastructure Director (Voluntary)

    We’re looking for someone to provide strategic oversight of our permanent way and associated lineside infrastructure (buildings & structures, bridges & embankments, drainage & culverts, signalling, fencing and arboriculture).
    You’ll set the standards for inspection and maintenance to ensure the railway assets are effectively cared for and support the team to successfully discharge the requirements of the railway’s Safety Management System. You’ll also develop processes to ensure tasks are always undertaken by competent people and help grow the size of the volunteer workforce to make this happen.

    Key skills
    • Knowledge of, maintenance of infrastructure, ideally in a railway or similarly complex environment.
    •Strong leadership skills with ability to manage and motivate staff teams
    •Able to successfully articulate infrastructure and maintenance information to non-technically-minded

    It would be preferable if you’re an affiliate of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers or similar, and attend regular continual professional development activity to ensure you’re aware of current best practice. An IOSH Managing Safely or similar qualification would also be helpful in demonstrating a level of management capability.

    Visitor Services & Volunteering Director (Voluntary)

    We’re looking for someone to provide strategic oversight of the Visitor Services & Volunteering functions of the railway. You’ll be our customer service champion, setting the standard for how we want to welcome and interact with our customers on their visitor journey. You’ll want to help us tell our story through the creation of a heritage interpretation strategy and seek to deliver this over the coming years using a variety of interpretative techniques. You’ll also ensure volunteering remains at the heart of the organisation, supporting the creation of systems and processes that successfully recruit and retain volunteers to ensure there are always sufficient staff to operate our business.

    Key skills
    •Knowledge of, or previous success in, visitor or commercial operations over a number of years or in a variety of settings
    •Strong leadership skills with ability to manage and motivate staff and volunteer teams

    Engineering Director (Voluntary)

    We’re looking for someone to support the existing staff and volunteer teams to successfully discharge the requirements of the railway’s Safety Management System pertaining to engineering. This will include inspections, maintenance and overhaul of locomotives and all forms of passenger, freight and maintenance vehicles at the Avon Valley Railway, ensuring they are fit for traffic as required.

    We’ll also look for you to create an inspection and recording regime of all Engineering assets and set and manage standards of maintenance works including scoping and budgeting planned works, oversight as these take place and handover once complete. Ensure these processes align, support and form part of the Safety Management System.

    Key skills

    • Knowledge of engineering, ideally in a railway or similarly complex environment.
    • Strong leadership skills with ability to manage and motivate staff teams
    • Able to successfully articulate engineering and maintenance information to non-technically-minded individuals.

    It would be good if you’re an affiliate of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers or similar, and attend regular continual professional development activity (preferable) and have attended IOSH Managing Safely or similar.

    Finance Director (Voluntary)

    We’re looking for someone to ensure full compliance with all financial and corporate regulatory requirements. This will include the completion and submission of annual accounts and auditing to meet current financial laws and best practice.

    You need to champion the Financial Management System to ensure control of the railway’s finances and ensure suitable and sufficient records are maintained. This will include, but is not limited to, procurement, delegated authorities, banking, reporting procedures, monthly book-keeping and annual accounts compilation, budgets & forecasts and audits (or similar), and pay awards.

    You’ll also need to be aware of the wider charitable aims of the organisation when making financial recommendations in order that the core purpose and values of the railway are maintained and supported.

    Key skills
    • Knowledge and detailed understanding of current financial and corporate procedures (ideally including charitable organisations)
    • Strong accounting skills
    • Strong IT skills
    • Able to successfully articulate financial information to non-financially-minded individuals.
    • Able to articulate arguments to ensure due financial consideration is given to decisions being made

    Please read the Role Profile and the Roles & Responsibilities of a Director documents to find out more about either of these roles. We then invite applications by CV and covering letter to John Lanchester, the AVRCo Chair at coordinator@avonvalleyrailway.org

    Applications will be reviewed by the Board, with selected candidates invited for formal interview and background checks completed. The closing date for roles are 30 June 2021 but we reserve the right to close earlier should sufficient competent people apply.

    Infrastructure Director (Voluntary) Role Profile

    Visitor Services & Volunteering Director (Voluntary) Role Profile

    Engineering Director (Voluntary) Role Profile

    Finance Director (Voluntary) Role Profile

    Roles and Responsibilities of Directors and Trustees

    Posted on May 17th, 2021
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