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Chair of the Board of Trustees

Job Title: Chair of the Board of Trustees
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: East London
Industry:
Salary: 0 - 200000
Reference: J72345
Contact Name: Rachel Ord
Contact Email: trusteeworks@reachvolunteering.org.uk
Job Published: May 18, 2021 12:52

Job Description

Age UK East London is a vibrant and independent charity providing vital support and care for vulnerable older people in East London. We have over 120 staff and 200 volunteers committed to providing professional care in over 30 projects in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham.

We are committed to working with our partners including local housing associations, the CCGs, the NHS and in the respective Local Authorities as well as our other third party partners.

Age UK East London is led by a passionate and committed Chief Executive and Senior Management Team. Staff have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure that they continue to deliver essential face to face services, safely to some of the most vulnerable residents in East London.

We work across boroughs which have the highest rate of pensioner poverty in England

We went in to the crisis confident that we were financially stable and well-governed. Looking forward we will need a new strategy based on our experience of the impact of COVID and to prepare for the consequences on the physical and mental health of older people.

Underpinning this will be a focus on the inequity of access to vital services as authorities continue to develop virtual solutions that disadvantage older residents.

We are looking for a dynamic Chair who is committed to improving the lives of vulnerable and isolated older people across East London.

Board members would have a passion for developing our staff and the services we offer our beneficiaries to have a positive impact on their lives. We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We are looking for trustees who offer a range of skills and life experiences, appropriate to the work that we do. 

Running a healthy and successful charity requires a strong Board that offers leadership and challenge in a collegiate and positive way and has our beneficiaries at the core of everything they do. The Board has a strong emphasis on managing risk, in particular financial controls and safeguarding for both our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.

Role summary

As Chair you will work with the Board and support the Chief Executive to ensure the smooth- running of the organisation. You will be supporting our 60 members of staff and part of our 100 strong volunteer team. You will also have the opportunity to learn about how to tackle the challenges that our beneficiaries face, and how to deliver appropriate co-produced services that enrich older people’s lives and enhance the whole community of East London. 

Person specification

As Chair you will work with the Board and support the Chief Executive to ensure the smooth- running of the organisation. You will be supporting our 60 members of staff and part of our 100 strong volunteer team. You will also have the opportunity to learn about how to tackle the challenges that our beneficiaries face, and how to deliver appropriate co-produced services that enrich older people’s lives and enhance the whole community of East London.

A blend of the following skills and experience would be beneficial:

  • a commitment to the mission and values of AUEL
  • integrity
  • strategic vision
  • good, independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • a willingness to speak their mind
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of AUEKL

How to apply

To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter via Reach Volunteering.