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Could you be our next treasurer?

We are seeking for a new volunteer Board member to help West Oxford Community Renewables (WOCORE) and Osney Lock Hydro (OLH) advance into the future

WOCoRe and OLH are two independent, but closely collaborating, volunteer-run community energy organisations operating in West Oxford.  We are managed through a board of directors. From October 2019 there will be a vacancy for the position of Treasurer to join the boards and oversee the financial activity of these inspiring projects.

You will help shape the next stages of our work whilst making sure that our finances are sound and that our financial systems and accounts deliver the information we need, in association with the bookkeeper, fellow directors and accountant.

You will need to have a commitment to our aims, and to combine good independent judgement with a clear vision of what we can achieve. You will need to be able to think creatively and to meet the statutory requirements of a community benefit society.

The board meets most months, and meetings are currently at lunchtime during the week – in central Oxford.  The position is not paid, but reasonable expenses can be met. It is preferred if you live within 5 miles of West Oxford.

WOCoRe is the community led social enterprise that pioneered the double carbon-cut model: starting in 2009, WOCoRe has leased organisations’ roofs for a peppercorn rent, installed solar PV panels, generated renewable electricity (carbon cut no. 1), sold electricity back to the organisations and the grid, claimed feed-in tariff, and made donations to Low Carbon West Oxford, thereby helping fund work to reduce West Oxford’s carbon footprint further (carbon cut no. 2).

WOCoRe was also responsible for the planning of Osney Lock Hydro (OLH) and establishing it as a separate community benefit society in 2013, to operate the first community-owned hydro on the Thames. Plans are in train to transfer the engagements of Osney Lock Hydro back to WOCoRe, so that the two organisations will merge.

To find out more, please contact us to arrange an initial informal chat with one of our current Directors.