Chair of the Board of Trustees

Job Title: Chair of the Board of Trustees
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Reference: 124
Contact Name: Jan de Kok
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 04, 2019 16:41

Job Description

Chair of the Board of Trustees for icandance  

About us:

icandance is a London based charity which uses dance to connect, celebrate and support children and young people with disabilities. We aim to nurture learning, creativity and wellbeing for dancers with disabilities as well as support their families in working creatively to meet the needs of their child.

The charity offers weekly dance sessions giving children with disabilities opportunities to create, perform and engage through an approach which integrates education, dance and psychotherapy

icandance aims to improve lives, change perspectives, support communities and inspire creativity

icandance aims to challenge the way dance, disability, wellbeing and inclusion is experienced by communities and other professionals.


To understand more about the organisation watch this clip and visit


Role Description:

Our current Chair has been with the organisation since the beginning supporting its transition from a small community group to a wider, respected, established charity which is an advocate of change.

Our board consists of professional leaders and parents who are passionate about what icandance offers the wider community and are actively engaged in its development and growth. The board works closely with the Founder and Executive Team.

We seek a new Chair that can build on current good practice to launch icandance further as a provider of a unique opportunity for families and as an advocate for change amongst fellow professionals. 

The role requires an energetic, dynamic leader who is passionate about the arts, disability, wellbeing and inclusion. The individual would have a strong, active board that would support their leadership whilst working closely with a passionate founder. The organisation is driven, creative and committed to our core values and vision.

The role of the Chair is actively engaged in strategic guidance and advocacy within professional communities.

Duties of the Chair:

  • To provide leadership to the Charity and its Board, ensuring that the Charity has maximum impact for its beneficiaries.
  • To hold the Board and Executive Team to account for the Charity's mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees
  • To ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure the sound financial health and financial sustainability of the Charity
  • To ensure Board decisions are implemented
  • To ensure that the Board of Trustees have the skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead the Charity effectively


  • To work within any agreed policies adopted by the Charity


  • To work closely with the Principal to give direction to Board policymaking and to ensure that meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of Trustees


  • To be an advocate of the work within various communities and professional relationships and where necessary to seek out these opportunities to further the sustainability of icandance.

Relationship with the Principal and management team: 

  • To establish and build a strong, effective and constructive working relationship with the Principal, ensuring s/ he is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives
  • To ensure regular contact with the Principal and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationship whilst support their role and the differences between both Chair and Principal

Person specification   

  • A professional leader who is able to manage a board based on years of experience and skill with specific understanding of the disability sector


  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Good understanding of charity and/or corporate governance issues
  • Experience of the charity sector and financial management of an organisation

Personal qualities

  • Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to the charity, its strategic objectives and cause
  • Strategic vision and good, independent judgement
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to motivate and support community building
  • Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the Charity.  


Time commitment: 5 Board meetings per year. The Chair is also expected to have regular meetings with the Principal and represent the Charity at various events and meetings

Reporting to: The board of Trustees

Terms: The charity’s Chair will serve one three-year term with eligibility for reappointment. The candidate should declare any conflicts of interest. This is a voluntary position.  


To receive a full job description or to have an informal conversation about this role, please email the Chair of Trustees, Jan de Kok on . To apply please send a covering letter to the same contact details listed above by no later than Friday the 27th September 2019.