Chair/Co-Chair of Trustees

Job Title: Chair/Co-Chair of Trustees
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Croydon
Reference: Chair 1/8/21
Contact Name: Janice Tonks
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Job Published: October 28, 2021 15:18

Job Description

Job Description Job title: Chair / Co-Chair of the Board Responsible to: Board of Trustees (Executive Committee) Responsible for: Line management of CEO Remuneration The role of Chair/Co-Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed Location Croydon and Virtual Time commitment The ideal candidate should be able to commit to a maximum of 12 board meetings per year, though this may well reduce to around 6 in line with need. Meetings may be virtual or face-to-face. Additionally, the Chair/CoChair is expected to have regular meetings with the Chief Executive and to represent the Charity at various events and meetings with key stakeholders. Term length The charity’s Chair/Co-Chair (and board members) is expected to be able to commit to an initial three-year term, to be eligible for reappointment for one additional term. This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010. Organisational Context Based in Croydon, the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) is a specialist sexual violence centre providing an exceptional standard of therapeutic support for women and girls who have experienced rape and/or childhood sexual abuse. We are the Rape Crisis Centre for South London and are a multi-cultural workforce that serves women from all backgrounds, religions and circumstances, providing services to survivors of sexual violence for over 35 years. RASASC was set up in 1985 with the express aim of relieving the suffering and distress of those who have suffered rape and sexual abuse, however long ago. Its work is grounded in a feminist understanding of sexual violence. RASASC became a charitable company limited by guarantee in 2000 and has established a reputation for providing an exceptional standard of service for women and girls who are survivors of sexual violence. Our service is a very busy service with around 90 staff, selfemployed workers and volunteers. We are firmly committed to supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse, and to raising awareness about the myths surrounding rape. We are further committed to being representative of our society and bringing together those with a variety of skills and experiences to shape what we do and how we work. 3 RASASC comprises five broad departments: Counselling, Helpline, Advocacy, Training and Prevention, and Outreach and Casework. Our services include: the National Rape Crisis Helpline for female survivors of sexual violence aged 14 and over, their families & friends; Counselling, Group Therapy, Self Esteem Workshops; Training and consultancy about the impacts of sexual violence and best practice in support provision for other professionals; Prevention and education workshops with young people; Advocacy support & information for survivors going through the Criminal Justice System, Outreach for survivors for who face additional marginalisation, or additional barriers to accessing support, and IDVA Services. Role Description Objective The Chair/Co-Chair will hold the Executive Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees/Directors, and ensuring that each board member fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair/Co-Chair will also support the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the Executive Team to achieve agreed objectives. She will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive. Strategic leadership • Utilise previous chairing experience in order to provide leadership to the charity and its Board, ensuring that the Charity has maximum impact for its beneficiaries and the Charity continues its survivor-centred approach. • Ensure Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the Charity. • Ensure the Board operates within its charitable objectives and provides a clear strategic direction for the Charity. • Ensure that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities and satisfy itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities and manage and mitigate the risks. • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability. Governance • Ensure that the governance arrangements are working in the most effective way for the Charity. • Develop the knowledge and capability of the Board of Trustees, ensuring all Trustees receive appropriate training. • Appraise the performance of the board members and the Board on an annual basis. • Ensure that the Board incorporates the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern the charity effectively and which also reflects the wider population. • Work within any agreed policies adopted by the charity. 4 Diversity & Inclusion • Bring to all aspects of the role a developed understanding of diversity and inclusion, and its importance and impact. • Act in accordance with the UK’s Equality Act 2010 and relevant employment legislation as it pertains to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Efficiency and Effectiveness • Chair meetings of the Board effectively and efficiently (or take turns to do so if Co-Chair), bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision-making process. • Ensure that board members are fully engaged and that decisions are taken in the best interests of the Charity and that the Board takes collective ownership. • Foster, maintain and ensure that constructive relationships exist with and between the board members. • Work closely with the Chief Executive to give direction to Board policymaking and to ensure that meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of trustees. • Monitor the implementation of decisions made at meetings. Relationship with the Chief Executive and the Wider Management Team • Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Chief Executive, ensuring she is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives. • Ensure regular contact with the Chief Executive and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationship within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges; specifically, provide line management on a monthly basis. • Liaise with the Chief Executive to maintain an overview of the Charity’s affairs. • Conduct an annual appraisal and remuneration review for the Chief Executive in consultation with the rest of the Board • Ensure that the Chief Executive has the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate external professional support. Additional information This role description applies whether the successful candidate is appointed Chair or Co-Chair; in the event of the latter, both individuals appointed to the role of Co-Chair are jointly and equally responsible for the fulfilment of the responsibilities set out above. The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Chair will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably in line with the role. The Chair may need to take urgent action (but not decision-making unless provided with express delegated authority from the board) between board meetings when it is not possible or practical to hold a meeting.