Director of Food Works (Non-Executive)

About the role

Commitment: This is a voluntary role that would enable a committed individual to contribute to the development of Food Works, its mission, strategy, effectiveness and development. Food Works is an innovative, constantly evolving organisation that is increasingly seen as integral to the development of the city’s Food strategy. Your contributions as a Board member would make a difference to these important goals.

The Board of Directors at Food Works, comprising Executive and Non-Executive members, has been established to oversee the development and delivery of:

·       The strategic objectives of Food Works

·       Growth and change initiatives, their strategic intent and fit with our mission

·       Headline operational and financial targets

·       Management of risk

This oversight is to be done in the spirit of support and challenge, using external expertise and insight where appropriate and ensuring the promotion of values and behaviours in accordance with agreed statements and policies.

In addition, the Board of Directors has legal obligations with respect to financial probity, health and safety, and fair and equitable employment practice. All Board members are  registered with Company House as Directors of Food Works.

The Board meets monthly for 2 hours and you would also be asked to attend relevant events and meetings with stakeholders and staff, as appropriate.  

Salary and terms of office:  this is a voluntary role. Initial Term of Office will be 3 years and this can be extended twice, by agreement of other Board members. The Maximum Term of Office for Non Executive Directors is therefore 9 years.

How to apply:  Please send us a short CV and, on no more than one side of A4, please outline why you are interested in the role and, secondly, what you feel you have to contribute. Please send to heather@thefoodworks.org (Chair of the Board) before noon on Thursday 29 February 2024

We are expecting that interviews will take place the week beginning 18 March. If you would like to have a conversation about the role, or visit Food Works before you apply, please do  get in touch and we will make some time to meet you

About Food Works

Food Works is an organisation with a purpose. We want to create a world where everyone is fed while also taking good care of our planet. We think the key to this is to inspire people to rebuild the idea of the community as a place where we respect and take care of each other. Our aim is to build Food Works in that image. 

Food Works is a volunteer led organisation with a small staff team facilitating the work of hundreds of volunteers. We embrace diversity and aim to build an inclusive  workplace where everyone can thrive and contribute to our shared mission.

Who we need on our Board

We are expanding as an organisation and wish to increase the size of our Board. To achieve our mission we need a Board who actively support and embody Food Works’ aims and values.  We need people who:

  • care about our mission and want to contribute to achieving it;

  • care about people, and enjoy working to empower a diverse and inclusive community;

  • are open to creative and new ways to solve problems;

  • are collaborative, working as part of a collective group who have the aims and values of Food Works at heart, contributing from your experience and expertise.

As a non-executive Director you would be bringing experience and expertise to the Board. We are interested in hearing from people from a wide range of backgrounds -for example, who have an academic interest in our area of work; commercial expertise that could be applicable; leadership roles in the third sector; significant volunteering experience etc. What is essential are your skills: the ability to think strategically, interpret data, provide measured assessment of proposals and take responsibility for Board decisions.

We’d love to hear from applicants that represent the communities we work with and welcome applications from young people, Black, Brown, Asian and Roma persons, marginalised genders, people from the Queer community and people who have a disability, impairment or learning difference. We are an employer that values lived experience at all levels of our organisation.

If you think this role description fits you and your interests, then we’d love to receive your application to join our Board

Supporting Documents

Terms of Reference

Social Impact Report