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Trustee Elections 2019

Could you be a guardian of our Society’s future?

A diverse, well-qualified Board is essential to securing the future success of any charity. Trustees play a significant role in a charity’s administration, and guide and support the Executive team. Although it can sometimes be a demanding role, it can also be rewarding for many reasons – from a sense of making a difference to new experiences and relationships.

The British Horse Society Board of Trustees is pleased to invite nominations for three positions becoming vacant this year. All members are very welcome to come forward for these roles, so please consider if you are able to contribute your professional and personal skills to help lead and govern The British Horse Society.

BHS Trustees volunteer their time and experience to the Society through strategic planning, working with the executive team, attending and preparing for Board meetings, as well as representing the BHS and supporting our key campaigns out and about at shows and events.

As a member of the Board you would work alongside your fellow Trustees to develop the Society for the benefit of our members and the wider equestrian community. 

At the General Meeting held on 5 January 2019, the vote on the resolution for the proposed constitutional changes was adjourned, and therefore the election procedure for all 2019 Trustee positions will continue unchanged. The existing constitution allows the Board of Trustees the opportunity to also co-opt Trustees for specific business-critical skills, as appropriate.

The Board of Trustees are particularly looking for individuals with complementary specialisms to those of our existing Trustees, with priorities for the 2019 Trustee elections being: 

Education Specialist
Together with the executive team, this role ensures that the BHS continues to deliver and develop varied opportunities for education in all areas of the Society’s work.

Find out more about this role.

Welfare Specialist
This role involves working with the executive team in their initiatives to improve equine welfare throughout the UK.

Find out more about this role.

Generalist
The Generalist role supports the Society to deliver on its core values; putting the horse at the heart of all we do across our main areas of work and campaigns. You will have extensive knowledge and understanding of equestrianism and be familiar with the British Horse Society, its core campaigns, committee structure and volunteering activities.

Find out more about the trustee role for the British Horse Society by downloading our Trustee role description here.

Eligibility to stand
To be eligible for election you must be aged 18 years or older and have been a voting member of the Society for at least three years on Tuesday 16 July 2019, the date of the Election Board Meeting.

Timetable

Nominations open
 09:00 on Monday 18 February 2019
Nominations close
 16:00 on Monday 18 March 2019

Please note
Mi-Voice, an independent electoral services company, will be helping us conduct the election. Nominations will take place online. For full details of how to nominate and to nominate please go to www.mi-nomination.com/bhs 

If you have any questions with regard to nominating electronically, then please contact Mi-Voice on 02380 763987 or support@mi-voice.com between 09:00 – 17:30, Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays. If you are unable to nominate electronically for any reason, then please get in touch with Georgia Dickson on 02476 840531 or georgia.dickson@bhs.org.uk.

The results of the election will be announced at the Election Board Meeting at the Annual Members Meeting on Tuesday 16 July 2019. This will be taking place at BHS Headquarters, Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, CV8 2XZ. To register to attend this meeting, please contact jeanette.poile@bhs.org.uk.

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