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Voluntary Committee Member (Central Region)

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Job Introduction

BBC Children in Need are looking to appoint Voluntary Committee Members in the central region.

Here is your opportunity to join our team, to be a vital part of the process for allocating funding to those inspiring projects that change disadvantaged children’s lives.  We are looking for new members for our Regional Advisory Committee in the Central region to help us in making decisions on making the best grants to improve the lives of disadvantaged children.
We’re looking for individuals with passion and commitment, and who are representative of diverse communities living across the Central region.

As a Regional Advisory Committee member you will be part of an experienced and insightful team that annually allocates over £10million in funding to a wide range of voluntary and community projects in the region.  You will be joining one of the UK’s most recognised charities, with over 30 years’ experience of funding inspiring and brilliant projects that deliver change in the lives of disadvantaged children. 

BBC Children in Need exists to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Our focus is on finding and funding the inspiring ideas that change children’s lives.
And whilst we know that every child deserves a childhood that is safe, happy and secure, and one that gives them opportunities to realise their potential, we know too that a growing number of children are experiencing ever increasing and more complex levels of disadvantage.

Role Responsibility

Committee Members advise the Trustees of BBC Children in Need on grant applications from organisations working to help disadvantaged children and young people in the Central region. Around £10 million was distributed last year to projects making a difference to children’s lives in the Central region.

Are you the right candidate?

BBC Children in Need is seeking to recruit individuals who are committed to improving outcomes for disadvantaged children and young people.

We expect committee members to bring:

  • sound understanding of the issues facing children and young people experiencing disadvantage
  • good understanding of the voluntary and statutory sectors
  • ability to analyse complex written and financial information
  • ability to assess the feasibility of projects and remain objective
  • good interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate with people of all types and all levels
  • good level of IT literacy
  • commitment to equality of opportunity

Our Central Region consists of the following counties and unitary authorities – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Coventry and Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, the West Midlands and Worcestershire.

Practical matters
Committee members are appointed for 3 years.
The time commitment is anticipated to be 6-8 days each year for meetings and training. In addition there is time spent reading applications prior to each meeting.

As Committee meetings take place at BBC Birmingham the roles require some travel and overnight stays.

You will need private access to a telephone, computer and high speed internet.

We reimburse expenses e.g. travel, phone calls, overnight stays.

Package Description

To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter demonstrating how you meet the specific requirements of this role as outlined above, to midlands&, by midnight on 5 August 2018.  Please clearly specify the role that you are applying for.

N.B. Please apply by email, not through by clicking the 'Apply' button below.

As we seek to maintain a balance of skills and experience across our Committee we will be actively seeking to select new Committee members who add value by bringing diversity to the current membership.
Interviews for the Regional Advisory Committee members will be held in August 2018 (dates TBC).

Successful candidates will be invited to observe the full Committee Meeting on 12 & 13 September 2018, and to attend an induction on 19 October 2018.

For further information about the role please contact Melinda Connelly, Regional Head – Central region on 0303 081 7805 or 07720671423, or contact the regional office on 0121 567 6707.

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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