Job Title: Chair
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Dorking
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: J62108
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 24, 2019 19:07

Job Description

About the organisation

Home-Start East Surray are a family support charity whose core ethos is to provide friendship, emotional support and practical help to families with at least one child under 5, who are struggling to cope with the strains and stresses of bringing up a family when things get tough.

About the role

We are looking for a new Chair to lead our Management Board of Trustees as our current Chair is retiring.

The role of Chair is a crucial role in guiding the Trustee Management Board and the governance of the Charity. The Chair must also establish and build a strong, effective and constructive working relationship with the Scheme Manager and staff team. The Chair holds regular supervision meetings with the Scheme Manager around every 6 weeks. Our team of some 45 volunteers is supported by a Manager, two coordinators and an administrator. Home-Start East Surrey is one of 269 Home-Start Schemes within the UK, operating in accordance with policies and guidance provided by Home-Start UK. We have an annual budget of around £100,000 with 88% of this going on staff salaries and rent. Funding and fundraising continue to be challenging in the current climate, and we need to find solutions to change our over-reliance on one source of funding. The role of Chair is challenging, but the holder can make a significant difference to the performance of the organisation and the lives of the families we support.The Charity has offices based in Redhill, Surrey with a small, part time staff consisting of a Manager, two coordinators and an administrator. The Chair will need to visit the Charity's offices at least once every 6 weeks. Trustee meetings are held in the evenings in the Redhill/Reigate/Oxted area.

Trustees volunteer because they want to be involved in their local community and improve the lives of parents and children. What they get back is the satisfaction of knowing that they have made a real difference to some of the most vulnerable families in their community. In many cases, being a Trustee can enhance an individual's skills and knowledge, build confidence and provide opportunities for personal development for future employment, provide focus for an active retirement or sense that their spare time is being put to good use.

Person specification

For our Chair position, we need an enthusiastic and experienced leader who is used to working within a voluntary organisation. As we work closely with the social services and the NHS, relevant experience would be an advantage but not essential. The ideal candidate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to the Charity, its strategic objectives and cause;
  • Exhibit strong inter-personal and relation building abilities;
  • Have strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the Charity;
  • Have the ability to foster and promote collaborative team environment;
  • Have the ability to commit time to conduct the role well.

The following knowledge and skills would be beneficial:

  • Ability to operate at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation;
  • An understanding of charity governance and working as part of a board of Trustees;
  • Ability to deliver presentations and managing stakeholders;
  • ability to chair meetings and events;
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together;
  • A broad understanding of charity finance issues;
  • A good understanding of charity governance issues;
  • Ability to make good use of technology to drive effectiveness.

The Chair must have an understanding of the challenges which parents face raising small children, be able to work well as part of a team, be self-motivated and not afraid of applying their skills to new areas.

Time commitment

Trustees meet about 10 times a year for 2/3 hours and should expect to spend a minimum of 10 hours a month on their duties.

Deadline for applications is 6th June