New chair for Otesha

24th May 2014 by

Otesha needs a new chair of our board of trustees, to take on the challenge of leading a non-hierarchical organisation.

We’re looking for a chair with excellent facilitation skills, who’s into making non-hierarchical organisational structures work and supporting charities in a strategic and governance way. Although the staff team at Otesha has a flat structure, as a charity we still have a board who have overall responsibility and so need to approve, and take responsibility for, all the big decisions.The board ensure the charity is well run and support our staff team to achieve Otesha’s aims.The chair will take on additional responsibilities of facilitating board meetings, ensuring the board acts well as a team together and being a spokes person for the organisation.

Otesha mobilises young people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles and become inspiring leaders on climate change, social justice and ethical consumption. Since 2007 we have worked with thousands of young people aged 11-28 from a diversity of backgrounds across England, Wales and Scotland. We work with young people and schools; organise educational cycle tours around the UK which resemble a two-wheeled sustainability circus; and work to combat growing youth unemployment by helping young people find their way into fair, decent and meaningful green jobs.

The role of the chair:
– Facilitate board meetings
– With staff and other trustees facilitate and participate in quarterly strategy days
– Ensure strategy is developed by the staff and trustees in strategy days, board meetings, staff meetings and by working groups
– Keep the board functioning well as a team and ensure all board members are fulfilling their roles
– Review board performance
– Recruit and induct new trustees as necessary
– Oversee staff team appraisals
– Maintain a risk register for the charity
– Be a spokesperson for the Otesha Project UK

Commitment required:
- To attend bi-monthly board meetings and quarterly strategy days
– To participate in board working groups and additional meetings with the staff as needed
– Be willing and able to take on tasks between board meetings, and communicate over email between meetings
– Able to commit to this role for a minimum of 2 years

Please apply if:
– You’re interested in non-hierarchical structures and want to support this one|
– You love what Otesha does and stands for
– You have time for occasional evening and weekend meetings
– You get that being a trustee is quite a bit of commitment (you take on legal and financial responsibility for Otesha) and are only a little bit fazed by that

To apply: please send a CV and covering letter telling us why you want to be a trustee for Otesha to by Monday 30th June. (Interviews will take place early July with a new chair invited to our next board meeting on 21st July, 6.30pm)
If you think this is you, but aren’t totally sure about it, email me ( and we can arrange a time to chat about it.

Please note: The Otesha Project UK is an equal opportunities organisation and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, place of origin, class, citizenship, system of belief, gender, sexual orientation, language, marital status, family status, physical and/or mental disability. However, all employees (and trustees) will be chosen on merit.

The First Epic Tartan Trail Journal Entry

1st August 2011 by

There’s just one week to go until the second cycle tour of the summer, Tartan Trail, hits the road. Our two trusty tour liaisons are here in the office making last minute preparations and confusing everyone by both being called Lucy (or Luci, but spelling it differently doesn’t help much in conversation).

Good day to all! Luci and Lucy here, tuning in from the Otesha office, Tower Hamlets, somewhere in East London…

We’ve been working away feverishly all week surrounded by piles of maps, cups of coffee and endless roasted corn snacks to keep us sustained in our mission to have everything prepared for a week today, when the Tartan Trail adventure begins!! The lovely Otesha office staff have welcomed us with open arms and loads of amazing home grown/ prepared and cooked food, every day for lunch! Lucy very quickly stopped bringing in her peanut butter sandwiches.

The route is coming along nicely. We’ve got some epic days planned and lots of lovely surprises. We’re particularly excited about staying and performing in a tiny village called Gartmore, which has ONE ROAD. JUST ONE!! Well, one main road anyway.

We’ve also had some serious chats about serious things, and we’ve learnt about consensus decision making which involves lots of strange hand gestures! All very very exciting and new.

Right we’re off now to eat lunch at the Foodcycle community café nearby (it’s a tough life), can’t wait to meet our lovely tour members next week at Whitmuir Organic Farm and commence our epic summer adventure, being sustainable and inviting others to join us!

All our bicycling and eco-love,

Lucy and Luci (your neighbourhood friendly tour liaisons)

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