Chair of the Board of Trustees

Herts Young Homless
Hatfield, UK
16 Sep 2019
25 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
The Chair will hold the Board and Executive Team to account for the Charity's mission and vision,
providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties
and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support, and, where
appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the Executive of the charity to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive.

Principle Responsibilities
Strategic leadership

Provide leadership to the charity and its Board, ensuring that the Charity has maximum impact for its
Ensure that Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the Charity
Ensure that the Board operates within its charitable objectives, and provides a clear strategic direction
for the Charity
Ensure that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfy
itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities, and manage and mitigate the risks
Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the charity, with systems in
place to ensure financial accountability


Ensure that the governance arrangements are working in the most effective way for the Charity
Develop the knowledge and capability of the Board of Trustees
Encourage positive change, where appropriate address and resolve any conflicts within the Board
Appraise the performance of the Trustees and the Board on an regular basis
Ensure that the Board of Trustees is regularly refreshed and incorporates the right balance of skills,
knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead the charity effectively, and which also reflects the wider population
Work within any agreed policies adopted by the charity
If possible, sit as observer on any Board sub-committees.

External Relations

Act as an ambassador for the cause and the charity
Act as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate
Represent the charity at external functions, meetings and events

Efficiency and effectiveness

Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision-making process
Ensure that Trustees are fully engaged and that decisions are taken in the best, long-term interests of
the Charity and that the Board takes collective ownership
Foster, maintain and ensure that constructive relationships exist with and between the Trustees
Work closely with the Chief Executive to give direction to Board policy-making and to ensure that
meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of trustees
Monitor that decisions taken at meetings are implemented.

Job Description
Relationship with the Chief Executive and the wider management team

Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Chief Executive,
ensuring s/he is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives
Support the Chief Executive, whilst respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles
Ensure regular contact with the Chief Executive and develop and maintain an open and supportive
relationship within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges
Liaise with the Chief Executive to maintain an overview of the Charity's affairs, providing support as
Conduct an annual appraisal and remuneration review for the Chief Executive in consultation with other Trustees (Finance & General Purposes Committee / Remuneration Committee)
Ensure that the Chief Executive has the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate
external professional support

Additional information
The Vice-Chair acts for the Chair when the Chair is not available and undertakes assignments at the
request of the Chair.

The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Chair will be expected to perform all such
additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.

Person Specification
In addition to the qualities required of a Trustee of the charity, the Chair must also meet the following
requirements: -

Personal Qualities

Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to the charity, its strategic objectives and
Exhibit strong inter-personal and relationship building abilities
Demonstrate tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and engage effectively
Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the charity
Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment
Ability to commit time to conduct the role well


Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation
Successful track record of achievement through their career
Experience of charity governance and working with or as part of a Board of Trustees
Experience of external representation, delivering presentations and managing stakeholders
Significant experience of chairing meetings and events

Knowledge and skills

Broad knowledge and understanding of the Civil Society sector and current issues affecting it
Strong leadership skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together
Financial management expertise and a broad understanding of charity finance issues
Good understanding of charity governance issues

The charity's Chair (and board members) will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term.

In addition to chairing the main Board meetings, the Chair has the right to attend the three sub-committees, which all meet quarterly.

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