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Membership Secretary

Membership Secretary


The Friends of White Hall Centre is a new charity set up to support White Hall outdoor education centre. White Hall Centre, owned and operated by Derbyshire County Council is one of the country's leading Outdoor Education Centres. Situated near Buxton in a stunning location in the beautiful Peak District National Park, White Hall has given thousands of children unforgettable learning experiences since it opened seventy years ago in 1951 as Britain's first Local Education Authority Outdoor Centre.

To ensure the centre can continue for at least the next seventy years the Friends of White Hall will raise awareness and funds to support the centre's aim to offer every child in Derbyshire the skills they need to enjoy outdoor pursuits and feel safe and confident in our countryside.

Find out more about White Hall Centre at

The Membership Secretary's Role

We are looking for a trustee with a keen interest in the development of young people, to take on the role of membership secretary.

The Membership Secretary will be the first point of contact for anyone interested in joining the Friends of Whitehall Centre and will manage contact and engagement with members. The holder of this role will also lead on the good governance of the charity, organising and recording board meetings and decisions, submitting annual returns and the development of the board's role and capacity.

As with all our Trustees we are looking for someone with a keen interest in the development of young people. Additionally, they need to be prepared to support the Chair and Board in every aspect of developing and growing the Friends of White Hall.

The estimated time commitment is a minimum of a day a month but may be more at first to put new processes in place.

What difference will you make?

As a Trustee, you will have the opportunity to influence Derbyshire young people's lives to enable them to grow and develop, through their experience of outdoor education, both now and in the future. So, trustees are essential to enable us to achieve our goals. The membership secretary will play a key role in making this happen, leading on developing and maintaining Charity membership and supporting the Chair to ensure the smooth and effective running of the Board of Trustees.

What's in it for the volunteer?

You'll have the opportunity to make a positive difference to young people through outdoor education in Derbyshire. At the same time this is a chance to develop skills and experience, grow your network and learn from a diverse group of volunteers and professional staff.

What we are looking for in the volunteer

Personal qualities

  • Passion and commitment to outdoor education for all and the vision, mission and strategic objectives of Friends of White Hall
  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills and the capability to build and maintain networks and relationships
  • Tact and diplomacy - ability to listen and engage effectively and defuse tensions
  • Ability to actively support the Chair at meetings, promoting a collaborative team environment, and to challenge Trustees appropriately
  • Ability to commit time flexibly as the role requires including travel and attending events outside office hours

Desirable Experience, Knowledge and Skills

  • experience of organising others, in a professional or voluntary environment
  • experience of external representation, such as delivering presentations, would be an advantage
  • experience of organising meetings
  • experience of charity or other professional governance and/or working with a Board would be an advantage
  • Knowledge of, or a commitment to develop a good understanding of, charity governance issues.

Applications and time scales

Please contact Dan Riley at White Hall Centre on 01298 23260 or 07971 364 176 to discuss the role informally.

Once you have discussed the role, please send a CV and cover letter to highlighting how your relevant experience and skills meet out needs (max. 500 words).

The deadline for applications is Monday 30th of September 2021. Your application will be reviewed by a panel of at least 2 trustees and a White Hall Centre staff member.

Interviews will take place the week beginning 15th of October with a view to starting the role in November.

You will be required to prepare for and attend at least 3 Board meetings per year plus the AGM, providing information and agendas to Board members informed about the meetings, and supporting the Chair at meetings. White Hall Centre will provide a note taker, but the membership secretary will need to check the notes and ensure they reflect the meeting accurately, before submitting to the Board for agreement.