Christadelphian Meal A Day UK – Seeking 3 new trustees

From: Gordon Dawes <gordon@meal-a-day.org>

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During the next 18 months CMaD UK anticipates three trustee vacancies arising, due to retirements from the committee. Initial expressions of interest are invited from any members of our UK community who have deep empathy for CMaD’s work amongst the poor in Africa and Eastern Europe, and who would be willing to help steer the charity at trustee level.

You may have experience of overseas aid or CBM work in less developed countries, or an expertise relevant to the work of the Fund (especially agriculture, water, healthcare) and organisational skills relevant to this work, particularly project management and governance/compliance. You will need also the spiritual maturity to deal prayerfully with sometimes competing and conflicting emotional demands, and hold the confidence of our ecclesial community.

We need active and committed individuals who can give up to a day a week of volunteer effort to manage funding of projects in various countries, and support the governance and leadership of the charity. One of the roles, as a future Chair, will require a greater time commitment and could suit an early retired individual, or someone able to devote significant attention to the charity. Willingness to visit projects in rural Africa is essential.

The charity is responsible for c £750k of charitable spend each year and supports over 50 independently managed projects in 12 countries, including meals and education for almost 3000 children, clean water for communities and a number of orphanages and special facilities for the disabled. Trustees meet 4-5 times a year, usually at Halesowen, west of Birmingham. There is significant ongoing, email and IT-based committee work associated with the role, plus feedback and presentation work to donors, ecclesias, bible schools and youth weekends. To help our UK coverage applicants based in the South East, in Wales or Yorkshire would be helpful, though this is not essential.

Questions and expressions of initial interest should please be forwarded to me at gordon@meal-a-day.org or to 34, Scotts Road, Ware, Herts SG12 9JQ by 10 February 2017, including a brief ecclesial and professional resume. I am happy to talk informally about the Fund and how it works – my phone number is 01920 467268.

In accordance with the Fund’s constitution more formal discussions will be held with selected individuals, and prospective trustees will then be invited to attend two quarterly trustee meetings before mutual decisions and appointments are made.

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