The Bike Station
The Bike Station

Charity registered in Scotland SC033703

We are a social enterprise and charitable company. Now the largest recycler of bikes in the UK with 25 employees and a turnover of £750,000 our aim is a future where everyone has the opportunity to cycling and its benefits, and access to the support, advice and skills they need to keep their bike safely on the road. We refurbish donated bikes, sell them at affordable prices and use the proceeds to overcome barriers to cycling in Scotland. For further information visit thebikestation.org.uk

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Volunteer Board Member: Treasurer

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh and Perth
  • Closing 17th May 2019

We are a social enterprise and charitable company dedicated to helping people to overcome barriers to cycling in Scotland. We recycle donated bikes, sell them at affordable prices and use the proceeds to help more people across Scotland get cycling, help people learn to ride their bicycles safely and learn to repair them themselves. As a charitable company we also support our activities through grant funding. We work for a future where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy cycling and its benefits, and can access the support, advice and skills they need to keep their bike safely on the road. Find out more at thebikestation.org.uk

Time commitment and locations:

Board members attend six meetings a year, at least one of which is in Perth. Meetings are usually on a week night from 18:45 to 20:45. Trustees are also invited to the Annual General Meeting.

Bike Station locations are: The Bike Station, 250 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1UU and The Bike Station, 284 High Street, Perth PH1 5QS. Note: We are particularly keen to recruit board members in the Dundee and Perth & Kinross area; there will be potential to attend Edinburgh meetings by videoconferencing as appropriate. Expenses incurred travelling to meetings will be reimbursed.

Treasurer: Job description:

In addition to the responsibilities of all trustees (see below), the overall role of the Treasurer is to maintain an overview of the Bike Station's affairs, ensure its financial viability, and ensure that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. They will assist other trustees to perform their financial duties by:

  • interpreting and explaining accounting requirements
  • ensuring that the board receives reports containing the information needed in an easy to understand format
  • helping trustees guide any other professional advisers they have appointed

The responsibilities of the Treasurer will include:

  • preparing and presenting budgets, accounts and financial statements in collaboration with staff
  • assuring that the financial resources of Bike Station meet its present and future needs
  • ensuring that the Bike Station has an appropriate reserves policy
  • preparation and presentation of financial reports to the board and ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
  • liaising with paid staff and volunteers about financial matters
  • advising on the financial implications of the Bike Station’s strategic plan
  • ensuring that the accounts are prepared in the form prescribed by regulations, included in the annual report and submitted to the relevant statutory bodies
  • ensuring that the accounts are audited in the manner prescribed by regulations, and any recommendations of the auditors implemented
  • keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities
  • contributing to the fundraising strategy of the Bike Station
  • making a formal presentation of the accounts at the Annual General Meeting and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way

Person specification for Treasurer:

  • In addition to the qualities needed by all trustees, the Treasurer should have:
  • financial experience and business planning skills
  • experience of organisational finance
  • the skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
  • a preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the board
  • a willingness to be available to give advice on financial matters and answer enquiries from any staff or volunteers on an ad hoc basis

All trustee board members have the duty to:

  • ensure that the Bike Station complies with its governing document (the Articles of Association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • ensure that the Bike Station pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • ensure that the Bike Station applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects. For example, it must not spend money on activities which are not included in the objects, however worthwhile they may be
  • contribute actively to the board of trustees by giving firm strategic direction to the Bike Station, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • safeguard the good name and values of the Bike Station
  • ensure the financial stability of the Bike Station

In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, and evaluating or offering advice on other areas in which the trustee has particular expertise.

We are particularly keen to recruit trustees with experience in HR and financial management.

Each trustee board member must have:

  • a commitment to the mission of the Bike Station
  • a willingness to attend meetings regularly and give of their time and expertise on specific issues
  • integrity
  • strategic vision
  • good, independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • a willingness to speak their mind
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of the Bike Station
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Community Partnership Outreach Officer

  • Part time
  • £24,000 pro-rata
  • Perth
  • Closing 20th May 2019

Recycle to Cycle/ Bike Station

The Bike Station is Edinburgh and Perth’s leading bicycle recycling and cycling promotion charity. The aim of the organisation is to promote cycling as a healthy and sustainable means of transport and to protect and preserve the environment for the public benefit across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Perth and Kinross and beyond. It also aims to advance the education of the public in the safe use of bicycles and their repair.

The Bike Station’s key activities include: reconditioned bike sales, fix your own bike sessions, bike maintenance training, professional mechanic training in our Velotech training courses, on-road cycle training,workplace engagement with cycle promotion with Dr Bike as a mobile bike safety check, Dr Bike as a community outreach service, bike repairs, Build your own Bike courses with youth groups. Partnerships, and contract work, all operated as a social enterprise alongside a thriving volunteer base. The combination of these many avenues for individuals and families allow people find the right opportunity to get a reconditioned bike, gain the confidence to plan and make journeys, and maintain their own bike at low cost.

Our objective is to increase cycling rates in and around the city of Perth. Our research shows that our activities bring new people into cycling, support current cyclists to extend their cycling behaviour and maintain “marginal cyclists” cycling behaviour. The partners in this project are Perth and Kinross Council, Zero Waste Perth, Perth College and the Bike Station (Perth).

The project will provide:

● 50 open access Dr Bike sessions in community locations which supports existing cyclists through mechanical interventions and by providing cycling advice;

● 25 supported bike rides which will allow our clients to explore cycling infrastructure, the experience of cycling, and create informal cycling networks;

● An application to be a Cycling Friendly Community for Perth College; and,

● 100 bike loans to people who want to start cycling but for whom access a good quality bike is a barrier.

The Cycle Friendly Employer Award is a national award scheme, administered by Cycling Scotland, open to all organisations in Scotland. The award supports businesses and organisations who wish to encourage cycling as a healthy, sustainable and accessible way to travel to work.

The role of the Cycle Friendly Officer is to identify and support organisations in Perth and Kinross. through the award process. The Officer will also provide advice to organisations on the Cycle Friendly programmes in schools, campus and community settings to promote cycling and infrastructure best practice, as well as on available funding opportunities.

Specific Duties

The post is based in The Perth Bike Station office with some travel across Perth and Kinross. The key responsibilities include:

1. Managing the delivery of the Cycle Friendly Award programme in Perth and Kinross.

2. Identifying and contacting organisations that would like to engage with the Cycle Friendly programme, supporting them through the award process, and ensuring award criteria is met.

3. Re-assessing previous award holders to ensure continued compliance with the Award.

4. Ensuring the project delivers its stated targets.

5. Providing advice to employers on funding opportunities, cycling best practice, etc.

6. Completing monthly project reports to Cycling Scotland.

7. Writing a quarterly e-newsletter to all Cycle Friendly Employers.

8. Attendance at the annual Cycling Scotland Conference and networking meetings.

9. Utilising social media to support the delivery of the programme.

10. Providing PR support to organisations who have successfully achieved the award, e.g. by writing press releases.

11. To operate within a set delivery budget that is prescribed and monitored.

12. Perform any other duties considered relevant to the post.

13. To comply with all current legislation and Recycle to Cycle policies.

Person Specification

· A qualification and/or equivalent experience in managing and delivering projects .

· Experience of delivering a cycling project is desirable.

· Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.

· Excellent oral and written communication skills.

· Experience of using social media to support project delivery.

· Experience in working to targets and generating leads.

· Ability to manage your time effectively and prioritise your own workload

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Finance Manager

  • Part time
  • £32,000 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st June 2019

To work with the Chief Executive and the Management Team in delivery of The Bike Station Strategic Plan, taking the lead on finance. You will ideally be a qualified or part-qualified accountant, or qualified by experience, you will have the ability to manage the day-to-day finances, as well as working with the Chief Executive on business planning and forecasting. This is a new role for the charity and you will have the opportunity to develop the finance function including systems, policies and procedures. The Finance Manager will be directly involved in the development of the charity, increasing fundraising, and developing new services.

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