The Bath City Forum is looking for three new co-opted members.
In August 2015 Bath & North East Somerset Council established The Bath City Forum to improve engagement with local residents, businesses and other organisations and to address specific city-wide issues and priorities.
The Forum works to be advisory and consultative but currently holds no delegated decision-making powers. As well as elected councillors from Bath wards of Bath & North East Somerset Council, the Forum also co-opts up to 13 members who demonstrate a willingness to work in partnership to support the aims of Forum. Co-opted members have voting rights on the Forum.
There are currently three vacancies for co-opted members to join the forum. Being a member of the Forum is an opportunity to feed into the Council the views of the city of Bath.
The Forum meets at least three times a year with extra events and working groups as agreed by the Forum. The Forum works with relevant Cabinet members and Officers and reports back both to the Forum and Cabinet as required.
Councillor Bob Goodman, Chairman of the Bath City Forum, said: “The Bath City Forum is a key voice representing the views of residents, community and business networks, so we are keen to hear from talented and enthusiastic people who will help us share information on important issues to Bath & North East Somerset Council. Anyone who thinks they have something to bring to the Forum is encouraged to apply.”
What the role entails
Co-opted membership of the Bath City Forum is a voluntary role which will contribute to the life of the city and its residents. The role description is set out below:
To attend and participate fully in at least three Forum meetings a year
To engage in other events and working groups that may be arranged to follow up on specific actions or themes
Outside of meetings, to act as a conduit between the work of the Forum to residents’, community and business networks
To collaborate with other Forum members in gaining a shared understanding of issues facing the city and potential solutions
To take the lead on specific actions and themes determined by the Forum
To identify areas for innovation and improvement and to work with others to help deliver agreed projects
To champion the City and the work of the Forum
To bring any specialist expertise, knowledge, experience and networks to the work of the Forum
Support will be provided to Forum members, including induction and online resources. Co-opted membership will initially be for one year with the option to extend.
Co-opted members will be required to meet standards set out in the relevant code of conduct, for example relating to declaration of interests.
How to apply
To apply for this role, please complete and return the application form to: firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Thursday 30 February. Applications will be assessed by a panel from the Bath City Forum using the Person Specification for the role.
For any other enquiries from members of the public, please contact Mark Hayward on 01225 396975.
Further information about the Bath City Forum, the application form and the Terms of Reference are available at the Bath City Forum website http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/neighbourhoods-and-community-safety/connecting-communities/bath-city-forum
More information is available by following the Bath City Forum on Twitter: @bath_forum.