Chair of Trustees

Job Title: Chair of Trustees
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: New Milton
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: J67744
Contact Name: Rachel Ord
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 17, 2021 13:03

Job Description

Our Chair of Trustees for the last 5 years has recently stepped down and we currently have an interim Chair. We are looking for a new Chair to head our Board of Trustees and help drive New Forest Mencap to the next stage.

The Chair is a key role in our organisation. Your leadership will ensure we continue providing our services for many years to come. Your role will be crucial for developing our strategic plans in the near future. For instance, we are currently trying to expand our connections with parents of people with a learning disability, as we seek to understand the kind of support they need, which will inform our future provision.

About New Forest Mencap

New Forest Mencap is a small local charity that works with vulnerable individuals with a learning disability, their families and local communities to improve their social inclusion.

We work to provide solutions and enhance understanding of the strategic choices and practical actions that society can take to understand and improve the lives of those with a learning disability.

Each year we directly benefit around 100 individuals living in the New Forest Area.


Role summary

Our Board of Trustees work to improve the lives of people with a learning disability exercising good governance and following all necessary policies and procedures.

The Chair of Trustees will:

  • Provide leadership and direction to the board of Trustees and enable the Board to fulfill their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation.
  • Ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation/regulations.
  • Work in partnership with the chief executive, senior staff members and support the employees, helping them achieve the aims of the organisation; and to optimise the relationship between the board of Trustees and the staff.
  • Facilitate the Board of Trustees in stimulating excellent, well-rounded and carefully considered strategic decision-making.


Person specification

As an organisation we are particularly keen to ensure that our Trustees are fully representative of the community in which we work and at the current time we would warmly welcome applications from people with a diverse range of background, ethnicity, gender, culture and physical ability.


  • Commitment to the charity’s objects, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities.
  • 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.
  • Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects 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.



  • Leadership skills exercised through a period change.
  • Experience of chairing meetings, committee work, some experience of charity fundraising.

Please note that in accordance with our Safeguarding Policy, all trustee positions are subject to a satisfactory DBS check.


Time commitment

  • The Board meets at least four, and more often six, times a year in New Milton.  Meetings last for around 2 hours.
  • It is important that the Chair is able to visit the organisations office and be available to the staff on a regular basis.  
  • In addition to board meetings, other contact – usually electronic or by telephone – will be necessary.
  • Board appointments will initially be for a term of 3 years which may be extended to a second term, or more.


How to apply

All applications must be sent to the TrusteeWorks team. In order to apply, please send your CV and cover letter, in which you explain why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience would contribute to the Board.