Chair of Trustees

Job Title: Chair of Trustees
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £0.00 - Voluntary
Reference: J59740
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 14, 2018 11:30

Job Description

About the organisation

bibic exists to enable children and young people with neurological or genetic conditions to help them achieve their full potential.  bibic delivers individualised developmental therapy to children and young people age 6 months to 25 years and training to parents and professionals. 

bibic is a small national charity making a big difference.

The Role

THE CHAIR will hold the Board to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees; ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the CEO and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and in partnership with the CEO help in promoting the public face of the charity.

Main tasks          

  • Provide leadership to the charity and its Board, ensuring that the Charity has maximum impact for its beneficiaries
  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability
  • Ensure that the governance arrangements are working in the most effective way for the Charity
  • Encourage positive change where appropriate Address and resolve any conflicts within the Board
  • Act as an ambassador for the cause and the charity
  • Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision-making process
  • Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the CEO, ensuring s/he is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives

What are we looking for?


  • Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to the charity, its strategic objectives and cause
  • Personal gravitas to lead the organisation
  • Exhibit strong inter-personal and relationship building abilities and  e comfortable in an ambassadorial role
  • Demonstrate tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and  engage effectively
  • Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the Charity
  • Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to commit time to conduct the role well, including travel and attending events out of office hours
  • Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation
  • Successful track record of achievement through their career
  • Significant experience of chairing meetings and events
  • Experience of external representation, delivering presentations and managing stakeholders 
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together
  • Proven ability to work effectively as part of a strategic decision making team
  • Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement
  • Ability to take responsibility for decisions made
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship


  • Experience of Charity governance and working with or as part of a Board of Trustees
  • Financial management expertise and a broad understanding of charity finance issues

What’s in it for the volunteer?

We hope you are motivated by our ambitions and keen to help support the long-term passions of a very dynamic charity!

Time Commitment and Location

The full Board meets six times a year and there would be an expectation that you would join our Finance Committee which also meets six times a year.

Board meetings are held in London, (South Kensington), with one a year held in Somerset.  Usually lasting in the region of 2-3 hours they are generally held during normal office hours towards the end of the day, generally starting at 4pm.

How to Apply

Applications should be made via Reach Volunteering in the first instance.  Please send a 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.

bibic has a rigorous pre-employment checking process and we are committed to safeguarding the welfare of the children and young people we work with and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Trustees are therefore required to take a DBS check.