Chair of Trustees

Job Title: Chair of Trustees
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Lambeth
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: HSLCOT
Contact Name: Lizzie Poulton
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 20, 2021 21:55

Job Description

Chair of Board of Trustees

We are looking for a Chairperson for our Board of Trustees at Home-Start Lambeth.

Home-Start Lambeth’s aim is to prevent the challenges of poverty, neglect and isolation from compromising children’s ability to thrive. We do this through matching volunteers with vulnerable families with young children in order to provide support through weekly visits and calls. All our volunteers are carefully recruited, selected and trained to support families with a range of problems including poverty; chronic physical and mental ill-health; homelessness or poor housing. In addition to this core work, we provide volunteer support targeted at domestic abuse survivors. We run the Freedom Programme which supports women avoid abusive relationships. We self-generate all our funding to provide services. We apply for grants, bid for tenders, and are actively exploring other ways in which we can raise funds. We have a team of 6 part-time staff. In addition to our staff, we have a Board of Trustees who bring specialist skills and experience to support the scheme.

In common with many organisations Home-Start Lambeth has had to respond to significant changes due to COVID19. Our volunteers are currently providing online support and we have expanded the ways in which we support families including online baby groups, WhatsApp groups and running our Freedom Programme online. While this has been challenging it also presents us with an opportunity to modernise how we work and provide support

We are currently looking to recruit a Chair for the Board of Trustees. This role includes the following key responsibilities:

  • Chair meetings of the trustee board
  • Develop the board and guide it in helping the scheme manager set the strategic direction for the scheme
  • Ensure that the Board of Trustees provides due oversight and governance
  • Supporting and supervising the scheme manager and acting as a channel of communication between board and staff

The ideal candidate will have previous experience as a trustee and strong leadership skills to support the scheme manager to lead an organisation during a period of considerable change.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who loves change; is enthusiastic about our mission and the continual development of a vital community organisation.

Home-Start Lambeth is a diverse organisation and we welcome and encourage applications from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

Board meetings take place approximately 7 times a year on Monday evenings at our office in Brixton. There are also strategy setting afternoons which take place twice a year. Currently all meetings are taking place online. In between meetings the commitment is around 2- 3 days a month

If you have relevant experience, have some time available and would like to join a successful, vibrant team to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable families and children in Lambeth, please send a brief statement outlining your skills and experience to