Career opportunities

at Foresters Friendly Society

Looking for exciting career opportunities with one of the UK’s leading Friendly Societies? Get in touch today…

Foresters Friendly Society is based in central Southampton and is easily accessible by public transport. We offer a friendly, relaxed and pleasant environment to work in, as well as an active social committee who frequently organise staff events.

We are proud to be recognised as an employer that cares about doing things right, that values our people and that understands the importance of a truly engaged workforce. As part of a nationally recognised and respected scheme, Best Companies have accredited us as a ‘Best company to work for’ following our third staff survey with them.   

Building on our staff engagement from last year’s Best Companies survey in 2022, we are proud to have achieved outstanding rankings of :

  • 7th place in the national Financial Sector list
  • 25th place in the national level category of Small Companies
  • 32nd place in the Regional – South East category.

These achievements acknowledge the focus that we have put on employee engagement and our goal to be an employer of choice.

Please find below links to the current career opportunities available with us:

Membership Roles

Branch Secretary vacancy – ‘Lush & Alexandra’ No. 5916 (Salisbury)

Branch Secretary vacancy

  • Branch: ‘Lush & Alexandra’ No. 5916
  • Location: Hybrid working – Remote/Branch Meeting location in Salisbury
  • Honorarium: As agreed by the Branch. Honorarium details will be provided upon application.
  • Hours: Flexible part-time hours. Full details will be provided upon application.

About the role

We are currently seeking a Branch Secretary to join our dynamic and supportive network of branches, to administer branch ‘Lush & Alexandra’ No. 5916, based in Salisbury. As Branch Secretary you will provide oversight of the branch and drive the continuous improvement of service delivered to branch members. If you are a confident communicator and possess basic administrative, I.T. and bookkeeping skills, this may be the role for you.

Branch ‘Lush & Alexandra’ No. 5916 is an active branch that holds regular meetings and social functions.

To apply for the role or for further information, please contact Glyn Carpenter on 01373 462963 or at  [email protected] or the Branch Development Officer, Trish Slade on [email protected]. Applications may close at any time, so interested applicants should apply as soon as possible.

Branch Secretary – Role Brief

 

Branch Secretary vacancy – ‘Bosmere’ No. 2277 (Havant, Hampshire)

 

Branch Secretary vacancy

  • Branch: ‘Bosmere’ No. 2277
  • Location: Hybrid working – Remote/Branch Meeting location in Havant, Hampshire.
  • Honorarium: As agreed by the Branch. Honorarium details will be provided upon application.
  • Hours: Flexible part-time hours. Full details will be provided upon application.

About the role

We are currently seeking a Branch Secretary to join our dynamic and supportive network of branches, to administer branch ‘Bosmere’ No. 2277, based in Havant, Hampshire. As Branch Secretary you will provide oversight of the branch and drive the continuous improvement of service delivered to branch members. If you are a confident communicator and possess basic administrative, I.T. and bookkeeping skills, this may be the role for you.

Branch ‘Bosmere’ No. 2277 is an active branch that holds regular meetings and social functions.

To apply for the role or for further information, please contact the branch on [email protected] or the Branch Development Officer, Linda Levett on [email protected]. Applications may close at any time, so interested applicants should apply as soon as possible.

Branch Secretary – Role Brief

 

Branch Secretary vacancy – ‘Castledean’ No. 3797 (Horndean, Hampshire)

 

Branch Secretary vacancy

  • Branch: ‘Castledean’ No. 3797
  • Location: Hybrid working – Remote/Branch Meeting location in Horndean, Hampshire.
  • Honorarium: As agreed by the Branch. Honorarium details will be provided upon application.
  • Hours: Flexible part-time hours. Full details will be provided upon application.

About the role

We are currently seeking a Branch Secretary to join our dynamic and supportive network of branches, to administer branch ‘Castledean’ No. 3797, based in Horndean, Hampshire. As Branch Secretary you will provide oversight of the branch and drive the continuous improvement of service delivered to branch members. If you are a confident communicator and possess basic administrative, I.T. and bookkeeping skills, this may be the role for you.

Branch ‘Castledean’ No. 3797 is an active branch that holds regular meetings and social functions.

To apply for the role or for further information, please contact the branch on [email protected] or the Branch Development Officer, Linda Levett on [email protected]. Applications may close at any time, so interested applicants should apply as soon as possible.

Branch Secretary – Role Brief

 

Other Society Vacancies

High Sub-Chief Ranger

High Sub-Chief Ranger 

The Society is seeking a Member to take on the position of High Sub-Chief Ranger with a view to being elected as High Chief Ranger at the 2025 High Court.

The position of the High Sub-Chief Ranger is to offer support to the High Chief Ranger in their year of office and to sit on the Membership Committee.  During their year of office, they will want to prepare for the following year when, subject to election at High Court, they will be High Chief Ranger.  Support is provided to members who hold our senior officer positions of High Chief Ranger and High Sub-Chief Ranger.  The position attracts remuneration of £6,400 plus expenses for the year which incorporates remuneration for being a member of the Membership Committee.

The Membership Committee is a sub-Committee of the Board and acts as a conduit between the wider membership of the Society and the Board.  It holds monthly half-day virtual meetings and, where appropriate, additional physical meetings, such as Court Strategy Days. The Membership Committee’s responsibilities are to promote active Forestry and to support all members of the Society. A copy of the Membership Committee’s Terms of Reference is available on the Society’s website. www.forestersfriendlysociety.co.uk/about-us/reports-governance/

If you are interested in becoming High Sub-Chief Ranger, please complete the application pack, providing a short statement setting out your Forestric background and what you consider you can contribute to the Society.  Once completed, you will need to be nominated by your Court, and a respective resolution passed at the Court Annual General Meeting, in accordance with Rule 19.5 of the Society.  The Secretary of your Court will be able to help you with this.

Our current High-Chief Ranger, John Springham, and High Sub-Chief Ranger, Jo Andrew, have offered to answer any questions you may have or just for an informal chat.  In the first instance, please contact them via email:

[email protected]

[email protected]

Application packs and role profiles are also available from this office by telephoning 02380 216877 or by email to [email protected].

Completed applications must be received by the Company Secretary on or before 17:00 hours on Friday 10 May 2024.

Please note that the Nominations and Remuneration Committee will conduct interviews on 14/15 May 2024 and successful applicants will be presented for election at the 2024 High Court.  Interested members should therefore ensure that they are available to join the interview and High Court.

Members elected at High Court will be required to sign our standard letter which formalises their appointment and sets out the main terms of that appointment. Associated remuneration is paid through PAYE and subject to income tax and other statutory deductions.

These opportunities are a great way to become involved with your Society and to take a leadership role in its development.

High Sub-Chief Ranger – Role Brief

High Chief Ranger – Role Brief

High Sub-Chief Ranger – Application Form

High Sub-Chief Ranger – Court Nomination Form

High Sub-Chief Ranger – Fit and Proper Form

High Sub-Chief Ranger – Equal Opportunities Statement

 

 

Membership Committee

Membership Committee

We are looking for two members to join the Membership Committee who will bring similar levels of energy and enthusiasm to continue the good work being undertaken by the current members in promoting active Forestry and in developing and implementing the Court Strategy.

The Membership Committee is a sub-Committee of the Board.  It acts as a conduit between the wider membership of the Society and the Board.  The Committee’s responsibilities are to promote active Forestry and to support all members of the Society.  It does this by ensuring Court’s network activities and benefits offered through the Courts are relevant to members’ needs.  The Committee’s Terms of Reference have been enhanced over the last few years to empower it to make more decisions and giving it responsibility for the development and maintenance of a strategic plan for the Court Network.  A copy of the Terms of Reference is available on the Society’s website. The change in responsibility has been reflected in the Person Specification.

During 2023, the Committee focused on developing and implementing the Court Strategy and in particular the sub-projects, (i) establishing a Northern Ireland Court, (ii) National Visibility Campaign (aligned with the High Chief Ranger’s Charity, Youth Sport Trust), (iii) Accreditation, (iv) Court Introducers, and (v) Communication. The Committee also followed a workplan scheduling key tasks (as set out in the Committee’s Terms of Reference) to address through the year, alongside any ad hoc matters which arose. The Committee is supported in its work by the Project Coordinator, the Risk and Compliance Director, the Court Accountant, and the Company Secretary.

The Committee holds monthly half-day virtual meetings and, where appropriate, additional physical meetings, such as Court Strategy Days.  Members of the Committee are expected to respond to emails on a regular basis each week and to provide input on, or produce reports as required. This is particularly important if the member is subsequently appointed to one of the sub-groups of the Committee which consider discretionary benefit applications from our membership.

A Society laptop and training will be provided to the elected member.

Elected members of the Committee serve for three years, however a member retiring after serving for three years may, subject to consideration and recommendation by the Nominations and Remuneration Committee, seek re-election at the High Court at which they retire for a second term of three years. A member may be invited by the Nominations and Remuneration Committee to seek re-election for a third three-year term.

The position attracts remuneration of £2,800 a year plus expenses.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any of the current elected members of the Committee:

Brooklyn Andrew – [email protected]

Norrie Dudgeon – [email protected]

Caroline Instance – [email protected]

Gail Lancaster – [email protected]

Kathryn Vagneur – [email protected]

Pauline Young – [email protected]

Application packs and role profiles are also available from this office by telephoning 02380 216877 or by email to [email protected].

Completed applications must be received by the Company Secretary on or before 17:00 hours on Friday 10 May 2024.

Please note that the Nominations and Remuneration Committee will conduct interviews on 14/15 May 2024 and successful applicants will be presented for election at the 2024 High Court.  Applicants should therefore ensure that they are available to join the interview and High Court.

Members elected at High Court will be required to sign our standard letter which formalises their appointment and sets out the main terms of that appointment. Associated remuneration is paid through PAYE and subject to income tax and other statutory deductions.

These opportunities are a great way to become involved with your Society and to take a leadership role in its development.

Membership Committee – Person Specification

Membership Committee – Terms of Reference

Membership Committee – Application Form

Membership Committee – Fit and Proper Form

Membership Committee – Equal Opportunities Statement