Board Director - Just Trading Scotland

Board Director- Just Trading Scotland 

Location: JTS is based in Paisley in the West of Scotland

Salary: Voluntary 

 

About the Organisation 

Our vision is for a world where inequalities are overcome, and fair trade unlocks the potential of people and communities.

At JTS we see our fundamental role as providing smallholder farmers and producers in developing countries with a market for their produce in the UK – and educating and inspiring UK consumers about the benefits of buying Fairtrade. Where necessary, and within our capacity, we supplement this trading and education work with producer development support and training.

We are incredibly honoured at the partnerships we have developed in the North of Malawi in particular, and the way this has led to improved education, living standards and working standards throughout the farming communities of Karonga. 

We are also very proud at the difference we have made here in Scotland, both in terms of providing meaningful employment and training for our staff and by selling great tasting fair and ethically traded products supported by accessible educational materials for our customers.  

 

Context

Based in Paisley in the West of Scotland, JTS is a not for profit fair trade organisation set up to facilitate the import and distribution of traded products to the UK. JTS is wholly owned by The Balmore Trust, a charitable trust registered in Scotland (Scottish Charity SC008930).

We empower and educate producers and consumers, through the fair purchasing and sale of delicious food products from the developing world. We seek to provide sustainable incomes and wellbeing for small holder farmers, producers, their families and communities.

At JTS we see our fundamental role as providing smallholder farmers and producers with a UK market – and educating UK consumers so that there is a UK market for these producers. Where necessary and within our capacity we will continue to supplement this trading and education work with producer development support and training.

We are incredibly honoured at the partnerships we have developed in the North of Malawi in particular, and the way this has led to improved education, living standards and working standards throughout the farming communities of Karonga.

We are also very proud at the difference we have made here in Scotland, both in terms of providing meaningful employment and training for our staff and by selling great tasting fair and ethically traded products supported by accessible educational materials for our customers.

JTS is governed by a Board of volunteers Directors, which meets at least quarterly to review performance and risks and set direction and strategy. Given the size of the organisation, board members are called upon to undertake additional voluntary roles as appropriate, particularly including networking and ambassadorial duties.

 

Role and Responsibilities

  • Together with other Board members, to steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound ethical and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the organisation has adequate resources to advance its mission
  • To develop company strategy and review management plans for delivering this strategy, particularly advising on sales, marketing and fundraising approaches
  • To lead the brokering of suitable contacts with possible business partners and donors
  • To ensure suitable liaison with lenders
  • To account for the company’s activities to the Balmore Trust
  • To ensure the organisation plays its part with the fair trade and international development sectors

 

Skills required

  • Business management and board level experience
  • We are particularly seeking board members with fundraising or sales and marketing expertise
  • An understanding of fair trade and social enterprise would be a benefit

 

How to Apply

To apply please send your CV and covering letter to mary@jts.co.uk.

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