Chair of our Board of Trustees

Chair of our Board of Trustees

Posted for Wilderness Foundation

Posted by Volunteer Essex

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The Role of Chair

 

Purpose

 

The Chair should lead the work of the Board of Trustees in ensuring the Charity’s strategy, operations and finances are fit for purpose, meet legal requirements and deliver against the Charity’s objects as effectively as possible. The Chair will need to build a close relationship with the Chief Executive, other Trustees, and be a confident external figurehead for the Charity.

 

The Chair will need to develop a sound understanding of the Charity’s work and projects. They should attend and support committees of the Board in their work, including the Finance Committee, the Governance Committee and any other committees that may be established.

 

Previous experience as a Trustee, and a good understanding of finances, charity governance and the charitable sector are strongly desirable. Knowledge of the youth engagement sector or environmental conservation are desired as well.

 

The charity’s offices are located near to Chelmsford, Essex. Proximity to Chelmsford or ability to regularly travel there, will be essential, as well as proficiency with online conference call technologies such as Zoom.


Responsibilities

 

The Chair is responsible for:

 

·           Planning and running Board of Trustee meetings.

·           Ensuring that meetings are run efficiently and properly, and recorded.

·           Ensuring that Trustees comply with their charitable duties and that the charity is well governed.

·           A casting vote on any issue where a vote is tied.

·           Managing the CEO on behalf of the Trustees.

·           Fundraising and networking.

·           Works with the other Trustees to support the CEO and staff in ensuring that the charity is delivering its charitable objects, meeting with legal duties, and assessing the financial health of the charity.

·           Respecting the work of the CEO, management and staff and only deals with matters relevant to the Board.

·           Working with the Governance Committee to ensure that the Board has the right range of skills, knowledge and experience to serve the charity’s purpose.

·           Building strong internal relationships but also be confident, when required, acting as an external figurehead for the Charity.

·           Working with the Governance Committee to ensure open and fair processes for recruiting new Trustees and ensuring succession on the Board in a timely manner in line with the charity’s governing documents.

·           Working with the Finance Committee to ensure that the charity’s finances are in good health and that policies are in place and implemented to deal with any downturn or shortfall in those finances.

 

What skills do I need?

Skills and Qualifications

 

We are seeking a candidate who has the following skills and qualifications:

 

·           Interest in Wilderness, Wildlife and People’s wellbeing.

·           Strong leadership ability, including being able to lead the work of a team of people.

·           Relationship-building skills and the ability to work as part of a team, including being able to build trust with key stakeholders, such as the CEO.

·           Tact and diplomacy, including negotiating difficult discussions or issues and working through differences of opinion.

·           Strong communications skills.

·           Experience of chairing meetings.

·           A sound understanding of finances.

·           Experience as a charity Trustee or employee, including knowledge of charity governance procedures and policies.

·           Confidence being an external figurehead for the charity if needed.

·           The ability to work efficiently and to a timely manner when following up on actions and tasks.

·           Knowledge of youth engagement, youth work, or nature conservation.

 

Time Commitment

 

The role of Chair of the Board will require someone with the time to attend Board meetings four times per year (which are often held during working hours on a weekday), attend Committee meetings and to invest time in understanding the charity, getting to know Trustees and staff, and in 1-1 support of the Chief Executive Officer. This is a significant time commitment and should not be underestimated.

 

Posted for Wilderness Foundation

Posted by Volunteer Essex

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Details

  • Accessibility
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When do I need to be available?

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