ACRE Director

ACRE is seeking new Directors to strengthen its Board and help it represent rural communities at a national level.

ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) is the national body for the 38 rural community councils who make up the ACRE Network. Our vision – to be the voice of rural communities – is supported by the wealth of evidence and intelligence on rural matters that we collect from our members. We use this evidence to influence national policy on rural issues, from housing, health and transport to broadband, services and fuel poverty.

ACRE is seeking new Directors to strengthen its Board and help us represent rural communities at a national level. We are particularly interested in people with skills, knowledge or experience in either Finance, Legal, IT, Marketing or Social enterprise. Successful applicants will have a strong interest in the issues and problems facing rural communities and be able to support ACRE’s work to promote innovative solutions to these problems.

The role of the Director is to guide the strategic direction of the charity and oversee its progress against its agreed plans. The Director will also act as an advocate in promoting the work of ACRE both within their personal networks and to the wider community, and be prepared to represent ACRE at a national level where appropriate.

Directors selected by the Board will be put to the Network membership vote at ACRE’s AGM in November. The appointment would initially be for one year, which can be extended to a further two additional terms of three years each. This role is not remunerated, but travel and subsistence expenses can be claimed.

Although ACRE’s office is based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, our directors are drawn from all parts of the country. Board meetings are held quarterly in various locations by rotation, including Cirencester. The Board usually meets the previous evening when an informal buffet reception is held for the Chairs and Chief Executives of our local member organisations.

Time commitment: approximately 1 day per month.

If you are interested in being considered as a director, please complete the eligibility form and supply a CV and a supporting statement. The statement should demonstrate how you match the role description and include why you wish to become a director of ACRE, what you feel you can contribute to the ACRE Board and what knowledge or experience you have which relates to the community sector or to issues relevant to rural areas.

Please send your submission to: Richard Quallington, ACRE, Suite 109, Unit 9, Cirencester Office Park, Tetbury Road, Cirencester, Glos, GL7 6JJ