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Hon Secretary, An Taisce

The Secretary is one of the key officers of An Taisce and will be a full member of the Board of Directors and Council of An Taisce.

The role of Secretary is to carry out the functions required by law of a company secretary. Some knowledge or experience of company law would be an advantage though not essential as the Secretary will primarily act as secretary to the Board and Council and supervise the keeping of records and minutes with the assistance of the Office Manager.

The secretary should prepare agendas of the Board, Council and Annual General Meetings in conjunction with the Chairman

The Office Manager prepares the minutes of the Board, Council and Annual General Meetings but the Secretary should review these before issue and have oversight of them. The Secretary is not responsible for minutes of other committees.

The Office Manager also coordinates the Annual Report but the Secretary should have oversight and
work with the Office Manager to prepare the AGM Notice.

The Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of the Month. The Council meets on the second Saturday of every two months. The AGM is generally held in June or September.

Background information

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland is going through a transformative period of renewal fit for the difficult years ahead: can you be part of the team to safeguard the future of An Taisce?

The social culture in which An Taisce sits has changed (as it has for all NGOs). The work of our professional staff continues but will not survive for much longer without support.

The organisation is seriously threatened despite its constant reputation as an independent and authoritative voice on matters that increasingly worry informed observers regarding resource depletion and climate change as it affects our built and natural heritage.

The foundations for this transformation have been laid in the past few years with work done to bring governance up to contemporary standards in all areas of the organisation.

The direction is now clear, but we need a new governance team to progress our goals to ensure the continuance of our work to preserve and protect Ireland's natural and built heritage.

Whatever your particular skill there is a place for you on the executive board – financial expertise and risk management, governance, IT and/or social media management, fund raising and membership development.

Please contact Phil Kearney, Acting Chair, at vicechair@antaisce.org to discuss how you might contribute to safeguarding the future of An Taisce.