Incredible AquaGarden is a social enterprise,which evolved from the success of Incredible Edible Todmorden, and shares its ethos and values.
Our Board of Directors has committed members from the local community, and we are now moving to increase its size and skills base.
Located in Todmorden, in the heart of the Pennines, the aim of Incredible AquaGarden is to provide access to good locally produced food for all, by providing incredible growing and learning experiences for families, schools and communities, in a dynamic and innovative environment, and by sustainably producing fresh fruit and vegetables all year round.
At the same time, our purpose is to work with a range of public, private and community and voluntary sector partners, to deliver outcomes for wellbeing and education, by providing urban farming learning opportunities, both on our purpose built site and at the heart of our communities, to help people live well and prosper through their own efforts.
We know that in our area there are great untapped strengths, the kind of which bring people together, strengthen families and communities and which span generational divides.
Our aim is to find and develop these great assets.
Our strategic focus is on empowering and enabling people to deliver this change for themselves. We believe that amazing things can happen when people decide to do something together for their communities.
We are a company limited by guarantee.
We are looking for committed individuals to expand the range of Director skills on our Board as well as to consolidate existing skills with an eye to future planning. We require dynamic and motivated people, who are sympathetic to the aims and objectives of Incredible AquaGarden, to fulfil these voluntary duties. We expect Directors to contribute actively to the Board by;
- giving strategic direction;
- setting overall policy;
- defining goals and setting targets;
- evaluating performance;
- ensuring the company’s effective and efficient administration and financial stability.
We want to have a wide range of people on the Board. However, there is no need to have Director experience in order to apply. At the same time, whilst we seek to be representative of the local community, it is not essential that you are a member of that community.
In addition, on the basis of our recent skills audit, we now seek people with financial, commercial and/or legal and HR skills, experience of the Health and Education sectors, as well as Company Secretary experience, to deepen our expertise in those areas.
Directors are expected to:
- attend monthly Board meetings and an annual planning day;
- get involved in support work, including fixed term projects and/or sub-committees as relevant to their skill base;
- contribute advice and support on an ad hoc basis;
- attend events associated with the work of Incredible AquaGarden;
- become ‘champions’ of Incredible AquaGarden in order to promote its development
How to apply
If you would like to express your interest in this position, or require further information, please send an email message to Aine Douglas, our Business Development Manager, who is coordinating the recruitment process (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone her on 01706 813448. We would welcome the opportunity to show you around and discuss the project further.
If you can send a brief outline of why you are interested in becoming a Director, together with a summary of your skills and experience, that would be helpful.
You will be invited to sit in on part or all of our next Board meeting, and if you remain interested, Aine and two of our Board members will then arrange to meet with you to talk about your ambitions and expectations in a little more depth. They will then make a recommendation to the Board and a response will be sent to you in writing.
Completed applications should be returned to us before 5pm on Friday 19thth May 2017. Applications received after that time may be considered if we have any further places available.
Note that applications will be processed on a ‘first come first served’ basis as they arrive, and that the following board meeting will take place on the 25th May at 6pm.
Thank you very much for your interest, we look forward to hearing from you!