Trustee & Property and Regeneration Committee Co-optee opportunity at Westway Trust
About the organisation
Westway Trust is a charity committed to enhancing the 23 acres of space under the Westway flyover to benefit local people, making it a great environment to live, work, play and visit.
We strive to harness the creativity, heritage and diversity of the area to maintain and improve the places and spaces we look after. Through good stewardship and collaboration with every part of the community Westway Trust helps this vibrant part of London to continue to thrive.
We already receive more than one million visitors each year to the estate, and we want to expand the community, cultural, retail, sporting and enterprise opportunities here together with improvements to the public realm so that it is a place the community is proud and even more visitors can enjoy.
About the role
Join the board at Westway Trust as a Trustee & Property and Regeneration Committee Co-optee. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in a charity with an ambitious and exciting vision set in the heart of Portobello, West London.
We are currently looking to appoint:
• A new trustee to our board to help deliver our vision for the future
• A new co-opted member of the Property and Regeneration Committee which advises and supports the board on property development and estate management matters.
For both roles we are particularly keen to receive applications from people living locally who are enthusiastic about making a positive contribution to the future direction and development of their community. We would also be happy to consider an application from anyone who believes they have the necessary skills and experience to successfully cover both roles.
Westway Trust is committed to celebrating diversity and ensuring equality of opportunity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applicants will be asked to complete a diversity monitoring form to help us monitor the effectiveness of our recruitment practices in respect of equality.
Closing Date: Noon, 29th August 2017
Up to 1 day per month on Trust business, much of which will be in the early evening. The board meets 6 times per year.
We wish to appoint a Trustee with significant skills and experience from among the following areas:
- Charity law and how this impacts our duties
- Construction management
- Economic development
- Environmental/sustainability matters
Demonstrable insight and understanding of the needs and opportunities of the local community, ideally gained through living in the area close to the Trust’s estate under and adjacent to the elevated A40, would be particularly advantageous.
Property and Regeneration Committee Member requirements - This committee guides the long-term strategic use and development of the Westway estate. We are not looking for someone with a professional property background. Existing committee members have the necessary skills and experience in property development and management. Nor do we want a ‘property expert’. What we are looking for is someone who will bring the particular insight and perspective of the local community to the Committee’s discussions. Your contribution to the discussions will highlight your understanding of how those living locally would like to see the Westway estate develop and improve in the years ahead. You will be a powerful advocate for your community and have the confidence to articulate clearly the thoughts and priorities of local residents. Your strong connections in the community will inform your contributions. You will have a good knowledge of the area’s history and an appreciation of the importance of reflecting local heritage and culture in the future development of the estate. You will not be afraid to offer constructive challenge in the meetings to the issues being discussed.