Chair of Trustees opportunity at The Soil Association
Are you committed to finding solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing humanity today?
The Soil Association is a leading environmental charity seeking a dynamic Chair, with exceptional vision and leadership skills to head its Board of Trustees.
The Soil Association was formed in 1946 to create a better world – one where we farm responsibly, eat healthily and live in balance with the environment. Over the intervening 70 years we have championed organic farming and food, campaigned on a wide range of issues, innovated and delivered real change in the world. And now as a result of the EU referendum, our country faces crucial choices about how to shape the future of food, farming and the countryside. So these are exciting times and we are at an exciting stage of our development with a hugely committed workforce of 250 employees across the UK and tens of thousands of like-minded individuals and businesses working towards a vision of positive change. Our Trustees sit at the heart of the charity’s governance and you will be a central figure playing a key role in implementing the Soil Association’s strategy, building a strong working relationship with the Chief Executive and senior staff and inspire our beneficiaries, customers and supporters to take their own steps towards a kinder, fairer and healthier future.
Our ideal Chair will be someone with the following qualities:
- Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship and adhering to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
- Commitment to the charity’s objects, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out your responsibilities
- Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects and aims
- Good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment
- Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to respect confidences
- Balancing tact and diplomacy and willingness to speak their mind
- Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the Soil Association
- Experience of chairing meetings, committee work, some experience of charity finance, charity fundraising
The Board meets six times a year with an estimated average time commitment of up to 1 ½ days a month. Trustee opportunities are voluntary and unremunerated; however reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
We are particularly interested to hear from candidates who support our vision, values and objectives and look forward to receiving your CV and cover letter.