Chair of Trustees

Job Title: Chair of Trustees
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Leicester
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: J59052
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 16, 2018 11:52

Job Description

New Dawn New Day has worked to support the wellbeing of women and girls in Leicester and Leicestershire for over 30 years. We started out as a community-based women’s centre in the 1980s, and we now deliver a range of services to vulnerable and socially excluded women designed to meet their multiple and complex needs.

We believe that all women and girls have the right to reach their potential and to live their lives free from poverty and violence. Through our work we know that women and girls affected by poverty, trauma and abuse have the potential to transform their lives. We support them by providing a safe environment and high quality, gender-responsive, trauma-informed support.

Chair of Trustees

As Chair you will be responsible for leading the board of trustees and helping to ensure that the organisation achieves its charitable objectives, whilst abiding by its values and keeping within the law.

New Dawn New Day is seeking to strengthen its Board of Trustees. This is a great opportunity to bring your leadership skills to an innovative and forward-thinking organisation with an excellent reputation for success working with our complex client group. We have a collaborative culture and value empathy and team work. 

Demand for our services is high and funding challenges are very real making this a challenging but highly rewarding time to become part of our organisation. We are passionate about what we do and we know it makes a difference.

Person Specification


  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship and adhering to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • Commitment to the organisation’s objectives, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities.
  • Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the organisation’s objectives and aims.
  • 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 respect the confidences of colleagues.
  • Balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise.


  • Prior experience of committee/trustee work.
  • Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation.
  • A wider involvement with the voluntary sector.
  • Experience of chairing meetings, committee work, some experience of organisation finance, organisation fundraising.

Time Commitment

  • Board Meetings - up to 10 a year.  Generally held in the evening from 6.00pm until 8.30pm.
  • Monthly supervision meetings with the CEO - can be scheduled for daytime of the evening depending of the availability of the Chair.
  • AGM in October or November each year.
  • Strategy and planning meeting – usually in the spring.

How to Apply

Applications must be made via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. Please provide your CV and cover letter stating why you are interested in applying for the role, how your skills and experience match the person specification, how you can add value to the board and any other relevant information.