Chair (or co-chair) of the board - On Road Media

Job Title: Chair (or co-chair) of the board - On Road Media
Contract Type: Contract
Location: London
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: Chair
Contact Name: Amy Pearce
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 22, 2021 09:40

Job Description

We are looking for someone who is excited by the opportunity to work with a small but growing innovative charity and who shares our values and enthusiasm for strategically improving media coverage of groups and issues that are misrepresented. We will also consider candidates who would prefer to share the role with another co-chair.

Role: Chair (or co-chair) of the Board

Remuneration: This is an unpaid role, reasonable out of pocket expenses will be covered. 

Duration: Trustees stand for terms of three years, with the chance to be re-elected for a further one consecutive term of three years.

Time commitment: We estimate the equivalent of 5 hours’ time commitment per month. The board meets once each quarter for a 2 hour meeting.

Location: London. We are currently holding remote board meetings. 

Deadline to apply: 1st September 2021

Start: ASAP

About On Road Media:

We are an award-winning charity that tackles social problems by improving media coverage of misrepresented groups and issues. We work towards long term narrative change by informing everything we do with research that tells us which stories are most effective to change how people think and feel about issues.

We support people with first-hand experience of the issues to do safer, more strategic media work, whether in front of the camera or behind the scenes, bringing them together with the media on “interactions” to inspire fresh and nuanced content with a focus on popular culture.

We’ve done ground-breaking work, such as working with the soaps Eastenders and Emmerdale to introduce their first transgender characters, supporting the framing of climate communications with the Royal Foundation and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Earthshot Prize, and last year we created our Better Stories guide which is a practical guide for the sector and individuals on how to support people to do safe, strategic and effective media interviews.

Our projects include Talking About Poverty,  Climate Stories That Work, Angles: A Different Take on Sexual and Domestic Abuse”, All About Trans, and Media Movers which supports young people with migrant backgrounds. We have recently begun work on a project improving communications of children’s palliative care.

We are in a great place as an organisation - in the last 3 years our team has grown from 3 staff to 14. We are about to embark on a 3 year strategy to scale our work and support the third sector and the groups we work with to produce communications that changes minds. To do this, we are expanding the board and recruiting a new chair or co-chair.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background or age. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities (visible and invisible, mental and physical); people who identify as being LGBTQ; and people who identify as working-class or have done so in the past.

The role 

You will be joining a fantastic and active board with a great culture of warmth and collaboration, and working closely with our founder/CEO, Nathalie McDermott, our Director of Communications, Nicky Hawkins and our Head of Operations, Alana Avery. Trustees take ultimate responsibility for the work that the organisation does, and the way in which it spends money, to achieve its aims. 

Why us? 

Joining On Road Media’s board is an opportunity to:

  • Use your knowledge and skills to increase the impact of a charity that is committed to long term narrative change for society’s most pressing issues
  • Work with creative, forward-thinking and friendly people in an atmosphere of mutual support and learning
  • Meet like-minded people, increase your own network, and get to witness our work with senior media professionals and campaigners in person
  • Play a crucial part in enabling a small innovative charity to grow strategically and sustainably. 

‘Co-chairing the On Road board has given me the opportunity to learn - from the best - about the boundless power of well told stories. More importantly, it has allowed me to work alongside, and learn from, a team driven by excellence, innovation and compassion. It continues to be a tremendous pleasure and privilege.’ - Nina Spataru our current co-chair. 

Specific Chair responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to the board and to ensure that trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the charity.
  • Support, and where appropriate, to challenge the chief executive.
  • Ensure that the board as a whole works in partnership with executive staff. 

General Responsibilities and tasks of the board

  • An understanding of and commitment to the values of On Road, and its vision and mission statements.
  • Ensure the operational plan and budget reflect the agreed strategic direction and are appropriate.
  • To hold the Chief Executive accountable for the achievement of agreed targets and provide them with regular, constructive feedback on both management and overall achievement.
  • Support the CEO when requested, sharing expertise, as a member of a working group or in other appropriate ways.
  • Agree the charity’s policies and ensure they will assist in the achievement of the strategic and operational plans.
  • Ensure the charity has satisfactory financial control systems and procedures in place, and to review the level of risk annually.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship and to reflect annually on the Board’s performance and your own performance as a Trustee.
  • Attend quarterly Board meetings, read relevant papers and be prepared to make a contribution, working with fellow Board members as a team.
  • Safeguard On Road’s reputation, and other intangible assets. Be prepared to act as a spokesperson for On Road, attending events as an ambassador for On Road, to network and promote the work of the organisation.
  • Assist with fundraising by speaking, networking and otherwise seeking business development opportunities in conjunction with the CEO.

Personal Specification

  • Prior experience as a Trustee, including understanding of governance, best practice and the legal and regulatory environment in which charities operate. 
  • Relevant experience and knowledge with which to lead the charity and provide effective support and challenge to the Board of Trustees.
  • Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation. 
  • Empathy with the purpose and aims of the charity. 
  • Enthusiasm, energy and time to commit to this role. 
  • Practical experience of engaging with strategy and of helping to develop and grow an organisation. 

How to apply or register interest

Please send your CV and a covering letter, explaining why you are interested in this position to Amy at (subject: Chair Application) by Wednesday 1st September. If you would like to have a conversation with our CEO before applying, please drop Amy a line and she can arrange this.