Director for WWF required
Westmill Wind Farm Co-op (WWF) was the first wind farm co-operative in the South of England and has 2,250 members investing in the production of wind energy and became operational in 2008. We also set up the Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust (WeSET) as the charity to spread the benefits of Westmill to the wider community via guided tours (over 11,000 visitors) educational work, local energy conservation and renewable energy initiatives and arts projects.
The director would be expected to play the normal role of a WWF Board Director and also take the lead in ensuring that WWF has an acceptable communications strategy in place and monitor the implementation of it.
What we are looking for
WWF Board is seeking a director who can help us increase the diversity of the existing Board and oversee the development and implementation of the communications strategy which would be carried out by our contractors. The initial areas of the strategy would include communication with our members, improved WWF website and helping promote the benefits of community energy to local areas adjacent to WWF. The successful candidate will have experience in at least one of these 3 communication areas. The strategy may alter/change these initial areas in the light of the new director’s personal experience.
Once WWF’s communications strategy is in place, we would envisage the director’s role being one of overseeing rather than delivering communications to our members.
The Board meets in person 4 times a year usually in or close to Oxford and deals with matters outside these meetings via e-mails. There is an honorarium of £500 per year and reasonable travel expenses are available. If not already a member of the WWF Coop, the new director would be expected to purchase a minimum of 250 shares (£1 per share) in WWF Coop. The share capital is scheduled to be returned before the end of the existing wind farm and historically has yielded an average annual return of 3.4% gross.
WWF Board has appointed a sub-committee to meet with potential candidates to explain about the role and determine mutual suitability and compatibility. Prior to that meeting taking place, potential candidates should submit a short CV and an accompanying letter/e-mail outlining what they believe they can bring to WWF Board and any other information or views that they consider relevant.
Closing date for applications is 9 October 2017. Completed applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org