Chair of Trustees

Job Title: Chair of Trustees
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: Unpaid Voluntary role
Reference: J59807
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 07, 2019 15:00

Job Description

Feltham Community Chaplaincy Trust is seeking a Chair of the Board of Trustees to take the organisation forward whilst also continuing its work in providing help and advice for those leaving prison to carry through a decision not to reoffend.

Feltham Community Chaplaincy is a faith based mentoring organisation which offer support to young men, aged 15- 25 years, leaving prison and former offenders who are or have been in custody at HM Young Offenders’ Institution (HMYOI), Feltham whether they have a faith or none, or where resources permit, offenders referred to the Trust from elsewhere. Our aim is to help resettle them back into the community and ultimately to reduce re-offending. Mentors assist young men to find suitable accommodation, address education and training needs, manage their finances and build (or re-build) pro-social relationships. Often the boys are able to gain a sense of purpose through the support and encouragement provided by links with a particular faith community. We promote opportunities for personal development and help re-build confidence and self-esteem.

Role Summary

  • Planning the annual cycle of board meetings, in association with the Chief Executive.
  • Setting agendas for board meetings.
  • Chairing and facilitating board meetings.
  • Giving direction to board policy making.
  • Monitoring that decisions taken at meetings are implemented.
  • Representing the organisation at functions and meetings, and acting as a spokesperson as appropriate.
  • The Deputy-Chair acts for the Chair when the Chair is not available and undertakes assignments at the request of the Chair.
  • Liaising with the Chief Executive to keep an overview of the organisation’s affairs and to provide support as appropriate.
  • Leading the process of appraising the performance of the Chief Executive.
  • Sitting on appointment and disciplinary panels.
  • Liaising with the Chief Executive to develop the board of trustees.
  • Bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision-making.
  • Facilitating change and addressing conflict within the board and within the organisation, and liaising with the Chief Executive to achieve this.
  • In participation with the board, appoint the CEO and lead the process of appraising and constructively guiding the performance of the CEO.

Person specification

  • Leadership skills and experience.
  • Tact and diplomacy.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences.
  • A commitment to the cause of the organisation.
  • A strong empathy for diverse religious views and beliefs.


  • Previous Chair and/or charity experience.
  • A background of working in grassroots, youth focused organisations.
  • Experience of working with the client group the organisation supports.

What difference will you make?

The board, volunteers and staff work together to impact young people to make positive changes in their lives. You can contribute to that change

What’s in it for the volunteer?

You will be joining a team that is passionate about driving the work of the organisation to help young people be the best they can be

Time Commitment

The board meets quarterly. The location can vary but it is always London based - currently Westminster and Lambeth.

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.