Chair of Trustees

Job Title: Chair of Trustees
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Unknown
Salary: unpaid voluntary role
Reference: J58075
Job Published: July 02, 2018 14:58

Job Description

Reach Volunteering is working with First Rung, a charity which provides vocational training to young people in Enfield, Barnet, Watford and surrounding areas, many of whom have multiple learning and social difficulties and open work and study opportunities to them which they have previously missed out on.

Role summary

First Rung is looking for a new Chair of Trustees to join their board in its mission of giving a second chance in education and training for disadvantaged young people in North London. 

As Chair you will lead an active board alongside a strong executive team who are committed to developing provision in line with the needs of young people and local employers in a volatile and competitive environment.  

At our latest governance review, it was decided that the existing board needed to be refreshed and it has been agreed that this process should begin with the appointment of a new Chair of Trustees. Currently there are 8 trustees sitting on the board who come from a variety of professions.  

In addition to the standard requirements of a Chair, the ideal candidate must be: 

  • An excellent listener and be able to help the board reach consensus as to the best decision on different issues and dilemmas.  
  • Able to act as a critical friend to the CE and provide support and guidance to senior staff and trustees alike.  
  • Whilst we are open to all applications, we would prefer someone who is local to the area and who could open up business connections and local networks in North London. 

First Rung is committed to diversity and equal opportunities and invites applications from all backgrounds regardless of gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Person specification


  • Experience of running a board, preferably a charity, or experience at board level.
  • Experience of managing people.
  • An interest in young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Able to lead and facilitate discussions and reach the best overall outcomes.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship.
  • Commitment to the charity’s objects, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities.
  • 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 represent the organisation internally and externally.
  • Strong coaching and development skills and the capacity and discretion to respect the confidences of colleagues.
  • Balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise. 


  • Knowledge of the education sector and/or work with disadvantaged young people.
  • Business acumen, ideally bringing an understanding of businesses and business networks in North London. 
  • A wider involvement with the voluntary sector. 
  • Leadership skills exercised through a period of change. 

What difference will you make?

By taking on this opportunity you will play a crucial role in ensuring the organisation continues to carry out their invaluable work and help to expand their services in a volatile and competitive environment.

What's in it for the volunteer?

As Chair you will be joining a collaborative board who really value the work of the organisation. This is a rewarding role for a great charity and requires commitment and involvement from our trustees. For example, the organisation has success and celebration events for their learners which board members are encouraged to attend. This really does enable trustees to see at first hand the impact the organisation has on young people. By listening to the learners at events such as these you will also gain an insight into the huge difficulties which these young people face.

Time commitment

The total amount of time required is estimated to be equivalent to about 2 days a month, but unevenly spread. Please contact us for more details.

Before you apply

Applications must be made via Reach in the first instance. Please provide your CV, along with a covering letter stating why you wish to work for the organisation, how your skills would add value to the board and any other relevant information.