Chair Designate

Location
London (Greater)
Salary
£0.00 - Voluntary
Posted
09 Feb 2017
Closes
09 Mar 2017
Ref
J52228
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time

About the organisation:

We aim for decent, secure and affordable private rented homes with access to rights and justice for all regardless of income. We were set up by and for private tenants back in the 1980s.  We developed a lot since then, but private renters remain at the heart of our work.

The organisation runs a Housing Advice Centre providing specialist advice, advocacy and representation, including legal proceedings. We consult and involve tenants in decisions ranging from their own homes and neighbourhoods, to housing policy and how the law should change to improve private tenants' lives, to how we run our own organisation.

About the role:

Advice4Renters can and do help renters to improve their situation using the organisation's unrivalled expertise in the area of law.  We have recently strengthened our Board and are looking for someone willing to take over as Chair after our AGM in autumn as our current chair is stepping down after significant years of service

Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Planning the annual cycle of Board meetings
  • Preparing agendas for meetings in liaison with the Chief Executive
  • Chairing and facilitating Board meetings
  • Giving direction to the Board’s strategic thinking
  • Ensuring that Board decisions are correctly recorded in the minutes
  • Monitoring decisions taken at meetings to ensure they are implemented
  • Signing official documents such as funding contracts and statutory accounts
  • Representing the organisation at meetings and other events, and acting as a spokesperson as appropriate
  • Ensuring that another trustee, (a vice-chair if there is one) is able to act for the chair when s/he is not available
  • Liaising with the Chief Executive to keep an overview of A4R’s affairs and to provide support as appropriate
  • Leading the process of appraising the performance of the Chief Executive
  • Sitting on appointment and disciplinary panels (where necessary)
  • Liaising with the Chief Executive to develop the Board
  • Bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision making
  • Facilitating change and addressing conflict within the Board and within the organisation, liaising with the Chief Executive to achieve this

Person description:

Our ideal trustee will be someone who shares our anger about social injustice and our commitment to give private renters a better deal. Our passion is rooted in a firm business-like approach to the way we operate. We need to overcome the cuts in legal aid (the main source of income for our Housing Advice Centre) which has resulted in this core part of our business running at a loss. We have been successful in drawing in fresh income to undertake some really innovative areas of work, and to start to rebuild our reserves, but there is more to be done before we can claim to be financially sustainable.  

Essential Skills:

  • Understands the Nolan principles of trusteeship
  • Committed to charity’s aims and objectives
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and exercises good judgement, political impartiality and demonstrates the ability to think creatively
  • Prior experience of committee/trustee work
  • Leadership skills exercised through a period change

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of chairing meetings, committee work, some experience of charity finance, charity fundraising
  • Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation
  • A wider involvement with the voluntary sector

Time commitment:

Trustees meet regularly every two months to manage Advice4renter's affairs, with additional meetings if required.

How to apply:

Application is by CV and covering letter only emailed to trusteeworks@reachskills.org.uk

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