The Gainsborough Local Access Programme is seeking to appoint a Board member from the local social economy, to contribute to the effective oversight and leadership of a large scale ambitious programme, designed to improve lives and support local social businesses in Gainsborough.

Role: Board Member

Reimbursement: Reasonable expenses will be paid

Term: One year

Location: Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (with flexibility to input virtually)

We are looking for someone with a passion for social enterprise and an understanding of the role it can play in addressing inequalities. It is really important that you can contribute to keeping the programme on track, represent the social economy and champion social regeneration. It would help if you know about the programme, and about Gainsborough, but it is not essential. What is important is that you are passionate about championing commercial strategies in the social economy sector for the primary benefit of Gainsborough, and that you are happy to talk about it.

As a member of the Programme Board you will be making decisions that will support the growth ambitions of local social enterprises and other social economy organisations.

The Local Access Programme is a joint funding programme established by Access and Big Society Capital that aims to support the development of stronger, more resilient and sustainable social economies in disadvantaged places. Gainsborough is one of the

For general context on the programme go to

To Apply

If you would like to be considered for the Programme Board vacancy please send a one page summary of: your skills and experience in social enterprise and how you would consider leading on the tackling inequalities theme to:

Helen Kearsley-Cree (Programme Co-ordinator)

The closing date for the role is Friday 4th February 2022 at 5pm

Key Dates for Recruitment

Recruitment launch – Monday 10th January

Application closing date – Friday 4th February

Notification to successful candidate – w/c 20th February

Induction meeting – w/c 28th February or w/c 7th March

Board meeting – Thursday 17th March

Board meeting dates 2022 – Thursdays 1-2pm – currently via Teams

17th March                                                       1st September

14th April                                                          29th September

12th May                                                          27th October

9th June                                                           24th November

7th July                                                            22nd December

4th August

Please note

The Board is responsible for recommending applications to the Enterprise Development Grants (managed through Lincolnshire Community Foundation). Membership of the Board would not mean exclusion from applying for a grant as procedures are in place to manage any conflicts of interest.

Role Details

Role TitleBoard Member Gainsborough Local Access Programme
Hours4-8 hours per month
RemunerationNone (Expenses will be paid as per the GLAP Engagement and Financial Reimbursement Policy)
TermOne Year
LocationGainsborough, Lincolnshire (with flexibility to input virtually)

The core offer from the programme is

  • Enterprise Development
    • Business development and growth
    • Social Investment and finance

We have 5 key themes under which we intend to target enterprise and business development/growth and social investment: Child Poverty; Employment and Skills; Green Spaces; Health and Wellbeing: Housing

Our cross-cutting themes are: enterprise and business development; addressing inequalities; access to social investment

Main Purpose

The main purpose of this role is to:

  • To contribute to the leadership and strategic vision of Gainsborough Local Action Programme
    • To demonstrate accountability for board decision making and programme delivery
    • To maintain the independence of the programme
    • To champion addressing inequalities through social enterprise models

Responsibilities and Duties

Responsibilities include, but are not restricted to:

  • Attending the GLAP Programme Board (currently on a fortnightly basis) in an effective and professional manner
    • Liaison with the Programme Co-ordinator to influence the agenda to meet strategic and delivery objectives
    • Liaison with the Programme Co-ordinator to ensure timely and effective management of GLAP business
    • Contribution to the effectiveness of GLAP decision making, ensuring that GLAP Board meets its responsibilities in terms of agreements, and timely delivery
    • Contribution to ensuring that the Board operates independently of its members, and that any conflicts of interest are identified
    • Contribution to communication and public relations on behalf of the GLAP Board
    • Adherence to confidentiality in respect of the GLAP Board and its members
    • Undertaking any other duties as may be needed from time to time as necessary and appropriate to the role

Person Specification – Skills, Experience, and Personal Qualities

Experience of participating in complex professional meetingsEssential
Knowledge of social business, social enterprise and the local community and voluntary sectorEssential
Local knowledge of Gainsborough, its people, communities, and its economic and social contextEssential
Senior management experience within a social/community sectorDesirable
Working across agency and professional boundaries and collaborative and partnership workingEssential
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, and ability to relate to peopleEssential
Ability to influence key stakeholders and decision makers in a multi-agency environment.Essential
Ability to recognise discrimination in its many forms and ensure Equal Opportunities and fairnessEssential
Ability to influence and draw in key stakeholdersEssential
Ability to remain calm and self-confident in challenging situations Essential
Ability to deal sensitively with complex issues and situationsEssential
Strong social ethos with the flexibility to carry out the required roleEssential
Be accessible to the Chair, Board Members and the Programme Co-ordinator outside of GLAP Board meetingsEssential
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