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BECON welcomes our new Executive Director, John McCorry.

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John McCorry – Executive Director – BECON

The Board of Trustees are delighted to welcome John McCorry as the new Executive Director of BECON.

John took up his post on the 17th July 2017 and writes:

“With over 25 years’ experience in the voluntary and community sector I am enthusiastic about the promotion of social justice and a civic society that delivers equal opportunities for all its citizens. These values are key factors in my joining BECON as its Executive Director. I believe that both education and aspiration unlock the potential to realise new ambition and improve lives.  Valuing people and investing in their wellbeing is fundamental in shaping a shared future for our communities. This offers a means of transcending poverty and disadvantage for better opportunities.

As Chief Executive of a regeneration partnership in Belfast I have a track record in project management in some of the most disadvantaged and divided communities in Northern Ireland.  I have delivered a range of significant socio-economic initiatives designed to empower people and to improve the communities and environments in which they live and work.  Working closely with stakeholders, I have forged solid relationships and led multi-sector partnerships that delivered community benefit and a social return on programme investment.  As an advocate for socio-economic inclusion my work with local government, public sector employers and the business community has helped build sustainable communities through improved access to services.  At BECON we are passionate about making a meaningful difference for the people and agencies we support.

My commitment to the community and voluntary sector is longstanding and I have a particular interest in initiatives that increase educational attainment, employability and wellbeing. I believe this empowers people and improves their life opportunities.  These values are grounded by my own experiences and learning pathways. I am a graduate of Ulster University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Public Policy and Management and a Masters’ Degree (MSc) in Business Improvement.  I have held directorships and been chairperson with a number of voluntary and community organisations dedicated to community development. This knowledge and understanding will guide me in my work at BECON. “

Can you be our new Executive Director?

POST:                      Executive Director

SALARY:                 Up to £35,000 p.a. depending on experience

HOURS:                  Full Time (35 hours per week)

TERMS:                   Permanent Position, 25 days leave per year + public holidays

REPORTS TO:        Board of Trustees

LOCATION:            Stockton on Tees


BECON was established in 2001 and has enjoyed a long and fruitful history working with and supporting BME communities and the BME voluntary sector in the North East of England. The Board of Trustees have recently undertaken an in-depth review of the organisation’s Vision and Mission and prepared a bold and ambitious strategy for the organisation as it moves into a new phase of service delivery.

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking leader with experience in Charity management.

The key aspects of the role are to:

  • Provide leadership across all the services provided by BECON and, in particular, the delivery of the organisation’s strategic plans.
  • Represent and promote the organisation to stakeholders, service-users, partners and the wider public.
  • Ensure BECON’s services are delivered to the highest standards of excellence and to the fullest positive impact.
  • To develop fundraising and other innovative income streams within the Vision, Mission and Strategy of the Charity.

Based in Stockton on Tees, the post holder will benefit from the support of an engaged Board of Trustees, committed staff and volunteers and a clear vision shaping BECON’s future.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience as a senior manager or CEO in a charitable or voluntary organisation.
  • Some experience of the BME Voluntary & Community Sector.
  • Experience of delivering projects and services within budgetary constraints.
  • An ability to develop positive relationships with key stakeholders.
  • A proven track record of financial management and fundraising.
  • A commitment to the values and ongoing development of the BECON organisation.

Recruitment for this post is being managed by the SALiS Consultancy on behalf of BECON (www.salisconsultancy.co.uk).

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter (no more than 4 sides of A4) explaining how you meet the criteria outlined in the post specification via email to: applications@becon.org.uk.

If you would like an informal discussion about this role please contact: Joseph Main, SALiS Consultancy, at BECON on 01642 657 090 or via email at joseph@salis.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 12pm on Friday 2nd June 2017

Interview dates: Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June

We are an equal opportunities employer and actively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

BECON Executive Director Post Specification – May 2017

BECON Trustee Positions – Apply Now!

BECON is a small but ambitious charity based in Stockton on Tees which is looking for new Trustees to join the Board. We have recently embarked upon a new and impactful Strategic Plan to take the organisation up to April 2020, with national potential to address some of the most significant challenges facing the BME community sector, Refugees & Asylum Seekers and those suffering social and economic exclusion.

We are looking to refresh our Trustee group with equally ambitious individuals who have experience of working with charities or as a school governor and who may have experience in undertaking charity fundraising. Some form of BME experience would be advantageous as would commercial insight and / or understanding of business principles and financial reporting.

Trustee meetings are usually held every two months at our Stockton office.

The position is voluntary, but all reasonable expenses will be paid.

Come and join us to make a real difference!

Please send your CV and covering letter to us at applications@becon.org.uk

Deadline for applications: Friday 2nd June 2017

Abdul Khan – Trustee Statement

The BECON Board of Trustees make the following statement in respect of Abdul Khan:

Having been made aware of the recent conviction of Abdul Khan, the BECON Board of Trustees express their deep abhorrence of the significant crimes which have been committed by him.

The BECON Board of Trustees would like to stress that the appalling criminal acts perpetrated by Mr. Khan do not refer, nor are they in any way in relation to his role or activity in the BECON organisation.

Because BECON takes its responsibilities in safeguarding young and vulnerable people very seriously, Mr. Khan had been given extended leave from his professional duties for some time before the court hearing until the conclusion of the trial, and the BECON Board put in place clear steps and strong measures to ensure that the services and commitments of the organisation would not be impacted by these events. Mr. Khan will not be returning to the organisation.

BECON will continue to deliver its social mission into the future, providing valuable services and opportunities for those in need.

 

BECON Board of Trustees

10th March 2017

The closing down of BECON’s Newcastle office

Please note that BECON’s Newcastle Office has been relocated to Stockton and all enquirers for Newcastle and Tyne and Wear will be managed from BECON’s office in Stockton on Tees.

6 under-represented individuals are wanted for a paramedics scheme

The North East Ambulance Services team

The North East Ambulance Service is looking to attract under-represented groups including those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

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NORTH EAST RACE EQUALITY FORUM RESEARCH Briefing No. 7 Tell MAMA: the picture of anti-Muslim hatred in 2014/2015

This Research Briefing is drawn from Tell Mama’s latest report, which builds upon previous work with the third sector organisation, Faith Matters, undertaken by Teesside University’s Centre for Fascist, Anti-fascist, and Post-fascist Studies (CFAPS). It presents the results of analysis conducted using data collected as part of the Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti- Muslim Attacks) initiative during the 2014/15 reporting period (1 March 2014 to 28 February 2015), More specifically, it presents ongoing monitoring statistics around a number of key measures relating to anti-Muslim hatred as expressed both on and offline.

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NORTH EAST RACE EQUALITY FORUM Information Briefing No. 6 How far have we come?

How far have we come? Lessons from the 1965 Race Relations Act

 

Omar Khan

Director, Runnymede Trust

This is the first of two Information Briefings kindly provided for us by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The first was written by Omar Khan from the Runnymede Trust and was first published on December 8 last year. Further information about the Runnymede Trust and the events and reports to which Omar Khan refers are available from the Trust at www.runnymede trust.org

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first Race Relations Act in Britain.

The Runnymede Trust has held a major conference and today publishes a collection of articles examining how far we have come since the 1965 Race Relations Act on this anniversary to mark this somewhat undernoted anniversary.

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NORTH EAST RACE EQUALITY FORUM Information Briefing No. 5 Who damages our economy?: migrants or the banks?

When a community and society work together they are stronger than the parts that make up that community and society, as are our football teams and families. So here in black and white are the facts with regard to where our (that is communities and society’s) money has gone and who contributes to our communities and society.

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The Red Card, the premiere of ‘Immigration: what’s the story?’

The issue of immigration is never far from the headlines; commentary is often misleading, dangerously simplistic and feeds into a worrying narrative of anti-immigration sentiment.

Anti-racism Education Workers have noticed this trend in their workshops and are increasingly hearing racist ideas and attitudes expressed towards migrant communities.

The RedCard response was to develop an educational film, elevating the voices of people who have moved from one country to another, to try and dispel some of the popular myths and provide an alternative view.

TheRedCard is delighted that Sunderland City Council will host this event in their Council Chamber.

There will be an introduction to the issues, a showing of the film, followed by an hour of networking (food and drink will be available).

Start: 6pm End : 7.15pm

Drinks & Networking: 7.15pm-8.30pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Suite, Sunderland Civic Centre, Burdon Road SR2 7DN

To book your place at this event please RSVP to rose@theredcard.org

Please note Show Racism the Red Card’s change of address:
Show Racism the Red Card Head Office, The Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, North Shields, NE30 2AY www.theredcard.org

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