Director of SPANA Australia - Remote/Online, Volunteer

July 15, 2020 Lachlan Crawford






Director – The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (Australia) Ltd ‘SPANA’

Remuneration: The role of Director in this NFP company is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed. 

Location: Meetings attended by video-conference.

Time commitment: 4 Board meetings per year

Job Description: To be a Director of an NFP organisation is an exciting and fulfilling role. The most effective Boards are ones which benefit from individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets. The role of a Director is to ensure that SPANA Australia fulfils its duty to its beneficiaries and delivers on our vision, mission and values.

SPANA is the charity for working animals, which underpin the livelihoods of many of the world’s poorest communities. Our vision is a world where every working animal lives a life free from suffering and is treated with compassion. We work towards achieving this through treatment, teaching and training.
• We treat by providing free veterinary care when animals suffer or when emergencies strike.
• We train by building expertise among vets and promoting humane care by animal owners.
• We teach children in order to develop positive beliefs, ensuring future animal owners and communities demonstrate respect and compassion towards animals that will benefit working animals for generations to come.

More details of our work can be found at SPANA has operated as a charity from the head office in London for almost 100 years but the separate fundraising company in Australia was only set up in 2017 and has already established a successful programme of fundraising to support the charity’s projects in various countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

The statutory duties of a director are:
• To ensure SPANA complies with its governing constitution.
• To ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in the Constitution and ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of those objectives - the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how 'charitable' and 'worthwhile' those activities are.
•To contribute actively to the Board of Directors role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
•To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation and ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
• To ensure the financial stability of and ensure the proper investment of the organisation's funds.
• Being responsible for the performance of the charity and for its “corporate” behaviour; ensuring that the charity complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.
• Acting as guardians of the charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application.
• Ensuring that the charity’s governance is of the highest possible standard.

As well as the various statutory duties, any Director should make full use of any specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the board make good decisions.

The above list of duties is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Director will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.

Director - The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (Australia) Ltd ‘SPANA’

Person specification:
Individuals are sought who have a strong empathy with our mission to build a world where every working animal lives a life free from suffering and is treated with compassion. Experience, skills, and expertise in governance in the Australian charity sector or communications and building profile are particularly sought. The Board of Directors are jointly and severally responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, its financial health, the probity of its activities and developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the Constitution, legal and regulatory guidelines.

• Successful experience of operating within a board in a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation
• Corporate governance or communications expertise in the Australian market would be particularly valuable.
• Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders and colleagues to achieve organisational objectives
• A proven track record of sound judgement and effective decision making
• A history of impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences

Knowledge, skills and understanding:
• Commitment to the organisation and a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
• Preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the board, and a willingness to speak their mind
• Good, independent judgement and strategic vision
• An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
• An understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Directors and member charity.

For further information please contact SPANA on

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