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Chair of the Board of Trustees

Job Title: Chair of the Board of Trustees
Location: London
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Reference: J57860
Job Published: March 28, 2018 14:56

Job Description

About the Organisation

Headway East London is a charity supporting people affected by brain injury. Working across 13 London boroughs we offer specialist support and services for over 600 survivors, family, friends and carers across East and North London from their day centre in Hackney.

Their vision is to build a world where brain injury survivors are valued, respected and able to fulfil their potential.

Role Summary

Headway East London are looking for someone with strong leadership skills, strategic vision and the zeal to steer the organisation through its next stage of development and beyond in supporting brain injury survivors in North and East London

Our current Chair of the Board of Trustees is due to step down in 2018 and we are now seeking a new Chair.

Specifically the new Chair will provide leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees in order to enable the Board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall strategy and governance of Headway.

They will be expected to meet and demonstrate the following key attributes:

  • Provide leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees in order to enable the Board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall strategy and governance of Headway East London
  • Work with the CEO on developing organisational policies, defining goals and targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Work in partnership with the CEO and other senior staff members in formulating and implementing strategic plans and the regular review of the long-term strategic aims of the charity
  • Lead and mentor other Board members to fulfil their responsibilities
  • Ensure the Board committee structure reflects the needs of the organisation and has adequate representation
  • Maintain oversight of any risk to reputation and/or financial standing of Headway East London
  • 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
  • Lead the Board in fostering relations with potential funders/donors
  • Maintain effective networks with health and social care professionals and with all other stakeholders, and promote and market Headway East London as a specialist provider of services for survivors of brain injury
  • Represent Headway East London as a spokesperson at appropriate events, meetings or functions
  • Participate in the broader Headway organisation, including the Headway London Region
  • Significant previous experience as a Trustee or Chair of Trustees, including chairing meetings and committee work
  • Demonstrable experience of leading an extended team
  • Some experience of charity finance and charity fundraising, including grant applications

Person Description

We are looking for a candidate with strong leadership skills, strategic vision and the zeal to steer Headway through its next stage of development and beyond in supporting brain injury survivors in North and East London. Most importantly we are looking for someone who is passionate about our vision and committed to our cause.

Essential

  • Significant previous experience as a Trustee or Chair of Trustees
  • Demonstrable experience of leading an extended team
  • Experience of chairing meetings and  committee work
  • Some experience of charity finance and charity fundraising
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment
  • Balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise
  • 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 responsibilities

Desirable

  • Demonstrable leadership experience in health/social care or charitable/statutory sector, in particular a service provider
  • Financial management experience
  • A wider involvement with the voluntary sector
  •  Experience of fundraising/writing grant applications
  • Established network of relationships with statutory bodies and other key stakeholders
  • Knowledge of acquired brain injury and its effects

Time Commitment

The full Board meets at least 5 times a year. The Chair is also expected to attend other committee meetings, as appropriate. In addition to formal meetings, it is important that the Chair is able to visit Headway House and be available to the CEO and other senior staff members on a monthly basis. The Chair is required to commit 10-14 hours per month to the organisation.

How to Apply

Applications must be made via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. Please provide you CV and cover letter stating why you are interested in applying for the role, how your skills and experience match the person specification, how you can add value to the board and any other relevant information.

Closing date: 21 May 2018