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Posted: Wednesday, December 20th 2017
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Job Title:     Volunteer Trustee / Director
Organisation:     Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Trust
Type:     Volunteer Part-Time Position (10-20 hours per month)
Location:     Essex, England
Closing Date:     Open until Position Filled
Job Ref No:     SMGWA_TRUST
Job Description:
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is a unique place, with a unique history. Its story covers 100 years of life comprising feverish excitement interspersed with periods of calm and tranquility. The aerodrome lies to the east of Chelmsford and west of Maldon, Essex, within an area of gently-rolling farmland. It is the largest known surviving group of RFC buildings on a WWI aerodrome which was not adapted for further military use later in its history. When considered with its growing collection of objects directly related to the site and its activities, a truly unique resource is evident.

The site has significant natural heritage value and is in Natural England’s Higher Level Environmental Stewardship scheme.
Originally opened in 1916 as home to B Flight of No 37(HD) Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, the aerodrome saw the birth of the Air Defence of Great Britain in response to the first raids by Zeppelins and Gotha bombers on London and the South East. It played a key role in the Battle for Britain (the first London Blitz) the following year. It was at Stow Maries that No 37 Squadron transitioned from the Royal Flying Corps to the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918. It continued in its dedicated role until Spring 1919 – when the RAF closed its doors forever.

Following its re-discovery by a private concern, the site was designated a conservation area in 2009 and in 2012 all 24 surviving buildings were listed Grade II*. Because of the site’s condition and importance, it was included on the English Heritage “Buildings at Risk Register” in the same year. In late 2012 the aerodrome was put up for sale and a campaign led by Essex County Council and Maldon District Council led to the acquisition of the site for the nation, placed under the management of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Ltd, (SMGWA) a charitable trust.

Since the Trust’s inauguration, great amounts of work have been undertaken. Supported by an army of volunteers, the site has seen leaps forward.

Hangars are now in place; aircraft are based here and the Mess once again turns out food for hungry pilots, crew and visitors. A shop, all run solely by volunteers, sells novel gifts and goods that spark interest and nostalgia. Our wonderfully popular museum tells the story of the site, and is the first of four planned for Stow Maries. Alongside a bustling flying events program, the site is in talks with regional and national funders with a view to establishing learning and education programs for all manner of topics – including, but not restricted to, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Conservation and Heritage Construction – as well as developing apprenticeships and Museum Outreach programs. Our latest success story is the 37 Squadron Museum, housed in the B Flight Offices.

Led by the same award-winning team as our Engine Workshop Museum, this amazing permanent exhibition tells the most important stories of all – that of the people that made the exciting and terrifying journey from the beginnings of flight at Stow Maries, through the early war and formation of the Royal Air Force through to the closure of Stow Maries in 1919. Featuring objects, displays and interactives, this family museum is a true tribute to the vital work done here – poignantly opened by HRH the Duke of Gloucester in the centenary year of the first Operational missions at Stow Maries, making it even more significant.

We are looking for highly dedicated, professional persons to join our already exemplary Board of Trustees to help us steer the Trust through these exciting times.

Role: To ensure, jointly with the other trustees, that the Trust acts in accordance with its constitution and to manage its activities in furtherance of the objects set down in that constitution.

Note: The Trust is registered as a charity and a limited company. Every trustee is also a director of the company and has legal responsibilities and potential liabilities in each capacity.

General responsibilities:
• Setting the strategic direction of the Trust and monitoring its performance
• Ensuring that the Trust complies with its Articles of Association and all
applicable legislation and regulations
• Ensuring that the Trust pursues its objects as defined in the Articles
• Ensuring that the Trust applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its
• Ensuring the financial stability of the Trust through a mix of supportive and fund-raising work.
• Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the Trust
• Safeguarding the good name and ethos of the Trust.

Specific duties:
• Monitoring performance against the Trust’s Business Plan
• Approving annual budgets and monitoring progress against them
• Contributing to and approving the annual report and accounts
• Appointing the CEO and monitoring his/her performance.

• Attending and playing an active part in the trustees’ meetings
• Exercising due care and attention and using reasonable skill in dealing with
the Trust’s affairs
• Using knowledge and experience to help the trustees reach sound decisions
• Taking the lead in activities where the trustee has specific knowledge
• Avoiding unauthorised conflict of interests
• Sitting on and chairing committees as required
Required Skills:
There are various legal requirements for becoming a Trustee.
You must be at least 18 years old.

Some people are disqualified by law from acting as charity trustees. Subject to waiver provisions, this includes anyone who:

has an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception
is currently declared bankrupt (or is subject to bankruptcy restrictions or an interim order) or has an individual voluntary agreement (IVA) with creditors
is disqualified from being a company director
has previously been removed as a trustee by either the commission or the High Court due to misconduct or mismanagement.

Beyond these points, we are looking for solid, experienced professionals with a passionate interest in History, Heritage and Community. We welcome experienced networkers, with innovative approaches to problem-solving. We need observant and thorough individuals, that can work well with our existing Board. Experience in the Charity sector is preferred, but not essential. Well-developed negotiation and keen relationship management skills are vital.
Application Instructions:
In the first instance, please contact the CEO at to discuss the appointment.
Contact Name:     Mr Ian Flint
Contact Tel:     01245429134
Contact Fax:    
Contact Email:
Address:     Hackmans Lane,, Purleigh, Chelmsford, Essex.  
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