Chair of Trustees - Refugee Support Charity

Job Title: Chair of Trustees - Refugee Support Charity
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Unknown
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Great opportunity!
Contact Name: Paul Hutchings
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 04, 2019 08:45

Job Description

Refugee Support Europe is a small, dynamic organisation that relies on caring volunteers to deliver our aid with dignity. With the help of over 700 volunteers from over 40 nations, we have supported many thousands of refugees in Greece, Bangladesh, Mexico and Cyprus since April 2016.

We are currently supporting 3 refugee camps in Greece and just started a new ‘Dignity Centre’ service in Cyprus.

We need an experienced Chair of Trustees to provide leadership to the Trustees and to support our CEO Paul as we grow and develop.

We’ve got a plan for the next 3 years and delivering it is going to take energy and commitment. Refugee numbers will continue to increase and and they will continue to need support to help them rebuild their lives. Governments are not doing enough nor will they. There is a huge demand for a nimble organisation that can complement UNHCR activities by setting up vital services more quickly than they can. As we expand in Cyprus and look to other countries we will face big challenges.

Our fantastic Board of Trustees is responsible for how we are governed. They make sure that we are fulfilling all our obligations to donors, employees, volunteers, suppliers and government bodies. The role of Trustee Chair is critical to make sure all that is being done correctly and efficiently.

We need an experienced Chair to provide leadership and direction to the Trustees. We would love to hear from anyone who has experience in this role and an enthusiasm for supporting refugees at this critical time in our development. It will be challenging and it will be extremely rewarding.

The principal role of the Chair will be to work in partnership with the CEO/ co-founder 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.

The Chair will ensure that we comply with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations, and ensure that we continue to develop our operations.

1. Main Responsibilities of the Chair

  • Provide leadership for the Board of Trustees in their role of governing the organisation; and in fostering relations with potential funders/ donors.

  • Oversee the CEO’s activities implementing the organisation’s strategy and policies.

  • Liaise closely with the CEO and act as the main point of contact on matters of strategy, governance, finance, and HR.

  • Receive regular informal progress reports of the organisation’s work and financial performance through the CEO.

  • Maintain a clear grasp of the charity’s financial position and to ensure full and timely financial transparency and information disclosure to the Board.

  • Maintain careful oversight of any risk to reputation and/or financial standing of the organisation.

  • Review and appraise the performance of the chief executive.

  • Chair and facilitate the board meetings.

  • Represent the organisation at appropriate events, meetings or functions.

2. Qualities of a Chair

  • Commitment to the organisation and an enthusiasm for supporting refugees.

  • A strong leader.

  • Integrity, strategic vision and good/ independent judgement.

  • Good communication skills, tact and diplomacy.

  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities and liabilities of a trustee.

3. Time Commitment

  • The Board meets six times a year, usually in Central London, and we can arrange for meetings to take place remotely.

  • It is important that the Chair is available to the CEO on a regular basis.

  • From time to time, the Chair should be available to attend and represent the charity at events, meetings or functions in the day and evening times.

NB: This position is not remunerated but reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred fulfilling the duties of the role are reimbursed.

To chat informally about the role please contact our CEO Paul