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Welfare Committee Member
Racing Welfare

Job Description


Racing Welfare is a national charity supporting all those working and retired from the British horseracing and breeding industry.  We are seeking an advisory committee member who shares our vision that everyone from the horseracing and breeding industry and community feels supported and has the opportunity to thrive. We are looking for someone who has a passion for the work that we do and who is familiar with the challenges of running a national organisation. 

What will you be doing?

The Welfare Committee meet a maximum of twice a year, usually in London or Newmarket with the option to dial in/videoconference, but during the current Covid-19 pandemic all meeting are held via video conference.  The meetings are currently routinely attended by six trustees, one committee member and the Chief Executive and Director of Welfare.  The meetings are held to report on and discuss the performance of the welfare department in line with the strategy, consider any current issues or challenges facing this area of the charity, provide advice to the main board to help assist with high level decision making.

There will also be the requirement to undertake a committee member induction which we anticipate being a one-off one-day commitment.  Each year, in addition to the two-committee meeting we anticipate another two days commitment would be required.

We invite committee members to join the Charity for three years with the option to re-apply every three years for a maximum of nine years.

What are we looking for?

We are seeking to add to the expertise that we have on the welfare committee, through an enthusiastic individual who is looking to develop their own skills and experience and has:

  • Experience of the development of welfare strategy and/or delivery from another sector or sport.
  • An interest in the personal and professional development of people.
  • Experience of working with the voluntary sector.

Please note, as this post will involve governing and advising on services that have direct contact with young people and vulnerable adults alongside some work of a sensitive nature it will be subject to a satisfactory, enhanced DBS disclosure.  We also make checks on staff working with vulnerable adults and young people against the DBS barred lists. Details of our Safeguarding Statement can be found on our website.

What difference will you make?

In 2020 Racing Welfare have so far helped over 3,500 people, this is already a 40% increase on the prior year.  The Charity continues to review, improve and expand a large portfolio of welfare and wellbeing services which make a significant difference to the lives of individuals working in horseracing, their employers, the horse racing industry and in turn, communities and society.  You will be part of this team, providing crucial advice to shape the welfare provision and influence the welfare strategy.

What is in it for you?

You will enjoy working alongside and learning from an inspiring and knowledgeable team of executives, committee members and trustees on the Welfare Committee who also have a passion for human welfare.  You will have the opportunity to develop your board member skills and there maybe opportunity to progress to a trustee position after 12 months.

How do you apply?

You can either:

  • Send a covering letter and CV via the email provided;
  • Send a short video telling us why you are interested in the role, your relevant experience and what you feel you can bring to the role.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare:

  • All unspent convictions and conditional cautions
  • All spent convictions and adult cautions that are not protected (i.e. that are not filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020).

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