Work for us

We have a core team of established directors, and by recruiting new directors we would like to increase and diversify our Board in order to strengthen the business. The rapid growth of the shared mobility market as well as technological innovations means that Co-cars operates in a dynamic and constantly changing environment. It is important that, as a group, the Board has a range of skills, perspectives and experiences that allow it to reach the best possible decisions.

Our directors are co-opted or elected by the co-operative members of Co-cars on a one-member-one-vote basis. We operate under a set of ‘rules’ that are registered with the Financial Conduct Authority, constitute us as a not for profit Community Benefit Society and specify our governance arrangements. A copy of the ‘rules’ is available on request.

Co-cars collaborates with local government, housing developers, local suppliers and other social enterprises. We generate income from our services, as well as winning tenders and external funding. Just like traditional businesses we aim to make a surplus, except this is then re-invested directly into the business, to help transform the communities we operate in and to make our sustainable development goals a reality.

About the Role

The Co-cars Board are a small and friendly ethical and business focused team who meet once a month in Exeter for approximately 3-4 hours. As well as attending board meetings, we ask that board members are available as a sounding board for any key issues that may arise during the month that fall within their area of expertise. Directors are expected to read papers and reports circulated before the board meeting.

We are interested in hearing from people with wide range of knowledge and skills, and in particular with legal or financial expertise. No experience of being a Director or working in a social enterprise is necessary. We hope to combine new Director expertise, judgement and enthusiasm with that of other Directors, employees and contractors.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Helping to set the business strategy, monitoring and evaluation of its performance
    Acting as a critical friend; offering constructive criticism and highlighting potential risks for the business
  • Ensuring that Co-cars follows its governing document
  • Ensuring that good management practices are maintained
  • Promoting Co-cars, Co-bikes and social enterprise

Further information on the legal responsibilities of Company Directors of Social Enterprises can be found on the Co-operatives UK website.

Benefits

While this is a voluntary position we offer the following benefits to our Company Directors:

  • Free membership of Co-cars and Co Bikes
  • All reasonable expenses paid
  • Experience as a Director

Next Steps

If you are interested in joining the board of Co-cars, please email board@co-cars.co.uk summarising why you would like to join and what you feel you could bring to the team. We will then contact you regarding our recruitment process.

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