The strategic direction of Connect is overseen by a skill-based voluntary board which is now seeking new members.
Connect: Inner West Community Transport Group Inc (‘Connect’) is a not-for-profit association incorporated in NSW and a registered charity constituted to “provide and promote safe and affordable transport services that fully enable all individuals and groups to maintain or achieve their independence and quality of life within their community”.
Pre Covid lockdowns, Connect provided in excess of 50,000 trips per annum to its 1,500 clients through a staff of 23 and a fleet of 11 vehicles. Like many other providers in this space, Connect is in the process of re-building after prolonged periods of time where Public Health Orders restricted movement within the community.
Connect is a community based, secular organisation that embraces the diversity of its inner west community. In addition to its longstanding community transport services, Connect is developing its NDIS business.
With a new Government in place and the proposed ‘Support at Home’ program now pushed back to 1 July 2024 pending a full review, it is an interesting and challenging time for organisations operating in the aged care and wider community sectors.
Criteria for board membership
- A desire to support the values, purpose and mission of the organisation as a Director;
- A willingness to commit to the duties of a Director for a period of at least 12 months from appointment;
- An ability to critically assess board reports in advance of meetings and to raise questions or points of concern where necessary;
- Existing capacity, or the willingness to acquire knowledge through board membership, in the following areas: government relations, marketing, law, accounting, risk – management, marketing, IT, human resources, industrial relations, work health and safety, work-force development, industry-specific knowledge (to community transport sector)
- Prospective Board members must be willing to obtain an NDIS Worker Clearance (at Connect’s expense).
Duties of board members
The Connect Board meets monthly in the early evening for approximately two hours. Meetings are held via Zoom and/or in person. There are usually seven or eight meetings held each year between February and November. Directors are expected to have read the agenda papers in advance, be conversant with their contents and raise any matters arising from the papers as they see fit.
All Directors are required to participate in an annual orientation and information session at a mutually convenient time following the conduct of the Annual General Meeting.
All Directors are expected to participate in strategic planning meeting, consultations and special events where they have capacity to do so.
Board members are expected to treat the organisations matters confidentially, to serve the organisation’s mission and values to the best of their ability, and to represent the organisation in a positive light within the community.
Connect holds full insurances including Director and Officers coverage.
If you wish to apply for a position on the Board of Connect please email the General Manager Brett Andrews firstname.lastname@example.org detailing your interest in the role and capacity to satisfy the above criteria, attaching a copy of your resume by 17 September 2022.
Applicants will subsequently be short-listed, and the successful candidates contacted following that date to engage their services.