Chair of the Board of Trustees

Job Title: Chair of the Board of Trustees
Location: Welwyn Garden City
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: Chair
Contact Name: Lynne Gundy
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 11, 2019 11:05

Job Description

Age UK Hertfordshire is one of the leading charities for older people in Hertfordshire. The organisation exists to promote the wellbeing of all older people and to help make later life in Hertfordshire a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.

With a legacy of over 20 years, Age UK Hertfordshire delivers local services to over 3,000 older people each week. The organisation enables older people remain independent at home, feel more active and connected in their local communities, feel safe and informed, develop new friendships and importantly brings fun and laughter into their lives. With an income of £3.9m Age UK Hertfordshire provides an extensive range of high quality and well received services including Befriending, Help in the Home, Dementia Support, Information and Advice, Hospital and Community Navigation and Day Opportunities. For further service details see

Now is a very exciting time to join Age UK Hertfordshire’s Board of Trustees as Chair. We have a very talented and forward thinking Executive Team supported by a dynamic Board of Trustees. We are embarking on the development of our new 5 Year Strategy and Vision -with co-production, achieving meaningful client outcomes, strengthening our marketing strategy and income sustainability at its core. This is a significant opportunity to shape the future direction of Age UK Hertfordshire.

Age UK Hertfordshire is now seeking exceptional candidates for the role of Chair of the Board of Trustees. The Chair will see that the Board implements best practice governance processes and ensures Age UK Hertfordshire’s assets, services and finances are properly managed. The Chair will be responsible for Trustee recruitment, Board performance, Chief Executive Officer management and succession planning.

They will be supported by a very experienced Vice Chair and trustees.  They will need to be able to create the right environment for a collaborative Board of Trustees capable of making sound yet ambitious decisions.  Candidates for this role will bring senior strategic leadership experience gained either in private, statutory or VSC organisations.  They will have a deep understanding of governance, ideally gained through experience of working at Board level in a non-executive capacity.  They will have a strong interest in the needs and contribution of older people and the impact charities have in the wider care system.  The post-holder will be collaborative, empathetic and have a sensitive and diplomatic style.

This role would give great satisfaction to someone who is keen to have a high impact on the lives of people in later years and make their life better through great leadership of the AUKH board, team and volunteers. 

This is a voluntary position and Chairs should expect to serve for no more than two terms of three years.  For further information about Age UK Hertfordshire and for an informal conversation about the role please contact Deborah Paniagua, CEO, 01707 323272.