Chair to the board of Trustees

Advancing People
Bedfordshire, UK
07 Sep 2019
23 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Advancing People are working closely with a vibrant and expanding charity, based in Bedford who are looking for a Chair to the board of Trustees, due to growth of the charity, on a voluntary basis, with easonable expenses reimbursed.

This rarely available role of Chair to the board of trustees will provide you with a genuine opportunity to make a difference at a key time of growth for the charity. Providing direction and support to the General Manager, Trustees and other staff.

Role Summary

The role of the Chair is to provide leadership and direction to the board of Trustees. The Chair's aim is to enable the board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation.

Ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations and to make sure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.

The Chair's role is also to work in partnership with the General Manager and support the paid team members, helping them achieve the aims of the organisation; and to optimise the relationship between the board of Trustees and the team.

In addition to the general responsibilities of a Trustee, the Chair has a number of tasks specific to their role.

Main Responsibilities of the Chair

Providing leadership for the board of trustees in their role of setting the strategy and policy of the organisation.
Chairing and facilitating the board meetings.
Liaise regularly with the Treasurer to maintain a clear grasp of the charity's financial position and to ensure full and timely financial transparency and information disclosure to the Board.
Representing the organisation at appropriate events, meetings or functions.
Acting as a spokesperson for the organisation where appropriate.
Lead the Board in fostering relations with potential clients and potential funders/donors.
Consult with the board of trustees on matters of strategy, governance, finance and HR.
Oversee the chief executives activities in the context of the implementation of Board's strategy and policies.
Maintain careful oversight of any risk to reputation and/or financial standing of the organisation.
Receive regular informal progress reports of the organisation's work and financial performance.
Reviewing and appraising the performance of the paid team members.
Attending and being a member of other committees or working groups when appropriate in role as Chair

Qualities of a Chair

Commitment to the organisation.
Leadership ability.
Integrity, strategic vision and good/independent judgement.
A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as Chair and trustee.
Ability to take decisions for the good of the organisation.
Good, independent judgement.
Good communication skills.
Tact and diplomacy.
Willingness to speak one's mind and listen to the views of others.
An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
Understanding of the legal responsibilities and liabilities of a trustee.

Desirable experience

Prior experience of committee/trustee work.
Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation.
A wider involvement with the voluntary sector.

Time Commitment

The Board meets up to 6 times a year in Bedford.
It is important that the Chair is able to maintain regular communication and face-to--face meetings with the paid team members.
From time to time, the Chair should be available to attend and represent the charity at events, meetings or functions in the day and evening times.
This position is not remunerated but reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred fulfilling the duties of the role will be reimbursed.

Apply now in complete confidence for immediate consideration and for the opportunity to join a fantastic local charity and to really make a difference...

Advancing People - Recruitment Specialists - Charity Division

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