Chair of Trustees

Job Title: Chair of Trustees
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Birmingham
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: J58141
Contact Name: TrusteeWorks
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 03, 2018 09:36

Job Description

Focus Birmingham is now looking for a Chair who will be responsible for leading the Board of Trustees

Focus Birmingham is a specialist charity providing expert support, advice and information to anyone in the Birmingham area affected by sight loss or other disabilities. And because sight loss and disability affects family, friends and carers, we will work with them too. 

Uncompromising: We believe everyone deserves the chance to live a safe, happy and productive life. We find innovative ways to challenge anything or anyone who threatens that.  

  • To provide high quality care, support and advisory services to blind, visually impaired and disabled people in Birmingham and surrounding areas
  • To work in partnership with other organisations to ensure that pathways of care and support are in place to achieve the best outcomes for people
  • To provide relevant information to service users, their carers, families & friends, and professionals in the areas of sight loss and disability
  • To provide advice and guidance to service users, their carers, families and friends potential service users, carers, families, friends and professionals
  • To raise awareness of issues facing people with visual impairment and disabilities and support them to campaign for change when appropriate

What will you be doing?

The role of the Chair is to provide strong leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees to enable the Board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation. The Chair will ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or statutory regulations. To work in partnership with the Chief Executive to achieve the aims of the organisation; and to optimise the relationship between the Board of Trustees and the staff.

Please see the candidate pack attached for further details on the main duties and responsibilities of the Chair.

Person Description

  • A strong record of strategic and operational leadership
  • A commitment to the Charity and its aims and objectives and the trustee commitment guidance in the below document.
  •  Demonstrate integrity, strategic vision and sound, independent judgement
  • Understanding of key issues relating to visual impairment and other disabilities
  • Access to key figures and networks in the statutory, voluntary and commercial sectors.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills demonstrating tact and diplomacy
  • The ability to work collaboratively with the Board and the Executive team
  • Full understanding of the responsibilities of a non-executive Trustees role in a charity and appropriate governance structures.
  • An awareness of trends in the social care and charity sectors, particularly in the context of current economic austerity measures

What difference will you make?

This is an exciting opportunity for a new Chair to be appointed to the Board who can bring a diverse range of skills and expertise to assist the charity to develop its services, to identify new opportunities and to meet financial and governance obligations and commitments. 

What's in it for the volunteer?

You will lead the team that is passionate and dedicated to achieving its core objective to deliver quality services which are ‘user led’ as much as possible. The role of Chair at Focus is both challenging and rewarding and you will be contributing to the strategic leadership of a charity with a proud and respected history.

Before you apply

All applications must be submitted to TrusteeWorks in the first instance. Interested volunteers should provide a CV, together with a covering letter addressed to Julie Roberton, outlining their interest in and suitability for the role. 

Closing date is Friday 28th September

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