Society chairperson

Job Title: Society chairperson
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Sidmouth
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: J72331
Job Published: September 14, 2021 15:31

Job Description

The Abbeyfield  Sidmouth Society, which provides supported accommodation for elderly but  independent people, is looking to recruit a new Chairperson (volunteer Trustee/Director) for its Executive Committee. The current incumbent will be retiring shortly.


Role summary

The chair is required to provide leadership for a small executive committee responsible for 3 houses accommodating 60 residents at a time of change. Enthusiasm and willingness to learn is more important than knowledge of the housing/social field. 

Initially a substantial amount of time is anticipated to be necessary to adequately cover induction and a learning process. There after the time needed will be subject to individual work styles and for mutual agreement. The options offered by new technology may be relevant.

Given the Committee’s current age and service profile, it is anticipated  that the make-up of the team will change in the coming months. In fact applications from potential new trustees, including a potential Company Secretary are being sought currently to replace intending retirees. The opportunity exists, therefore, to build a new team.


Person description

Key attributes will be management experience and leadership ability coupled with an appetite for change. Commitment to improving the well-being of the elderly and to the projection within the community of the work of the Society will be important.

Experience in the housing /social field is less important than enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

Enthusiasm and energy. Interpersonal skills. Marketing and IT knowledge are helpful.

A personalized induction programme will be drawn up covering both local and national aspects of Abbeyfield.



What's in it for the volunteer?

The new Chairperson will be joining the Society at an exciting time. Future Abbeyfield strategy both nationally and locally is under discussion and he/she will have an opportunity to help shape the future.  


Time commitment

Executive Committee members meet every two months with occasional meetings of working groups.


How to apply

Please apply via the Reach platform. Happy to have an informal discussion.

Deadline: 30th April

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