Chair of Trustees

Job Title: Chair of Trustees
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Welwyn Garden City
Salary: unpaid voluntary role
Reference: J59353
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 06, 2018 17:11

Job Description

Welwyn Hatfield Women's Refuge and Support Services seeks to work towards an end to violence and abuse of women and children. The organisation is currently seeking a Chair to provide leadership to the board.

About the role

We are looking for a new Chair to provide leadership and ensure that the Board fulfils its responsibilities for providing strategic direction and efficient governance of Welwyn Hatfield Women’s Refuge and Support Services. You will be responsible for maintaining an effective working relationship between the Board and The Refuge Staff as well as managing The Refuge Manager, helping them to achieve the aims of The Refuge.

The duties of the Chair include the following:

  • Chair meetings of the Board and General Meetings of The Refuge.
  • In consultation with the Secretary agree the agenda for all meetings.
  • Undertake Chair’s duties as specified in the policies of The Refuge.
  • Between meetings of the Board take any necessary or emergency action to enable the business of The Refuge to be carried out effectively, reporting such actions to the next meeting of the Board for ratification as appropriate. This action may be taken in consultation with Officers, individual Trustees or The Refuge Manager.
  • Meet regularly with The Refuge Manager and undertake an annual appraisal of her performance.
  • Select panels for interviewing prospective Trustees and for the appointment of staff.
  • Ensure that the induction of new Trustees enables them to understand their responsibilities.
  • Be aware and identify any development and training needs of the Board.
  • Ensure Sub-Group membership is reviewed periodically.
  • Ensure the Board seeks outside professional advice when required.
  • Act as principal ambassador and spokesperson for The Refuge.

Person Specification:

The chair should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Leadership skills including;
  • Chairing effective meetings
  • Ability to optimise the use of a diverse mix of skills and experience and to identify gaps which may be a barrier to the effective working of the Board
  • Experience of managing staff
  • Experience of being a charity trustee
  • Knowledge of domestic abuse or a relevant related field
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences.

What difference will you make?

By providing leadership to the board you will be helping to ensure that the organisation is able to continue supporting women and children fleeing domestic violence.

What's in it for the volunteer?

This is a wonderful opportunity to join a friendly team who are passionate about the work of the organisation and will enable you to make a difference to the work of the organisation.

Time Commitment

Board meetings are held once every six weeks from approximately an hour and a half in the evenings. There are sub groups which the Chair can also attend, but not mandatory

Before you apply

Applications must be made via Reach in the first instance. Please provide your CV, along with a covering letter stating why you wish to work for the organisation, how your skills would add value to the board and any other relevant information.

Please note that that due to the work of the organisation we will only be able to consider applications from women for this role.


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