Chair of Board of Trustees


Responsible for: Board of Trustees/CEO/Charity Manager

6-8 hours per month

About Us

We are a registered charity who help young people, particularly young women of school age, who have experienced significant challenges in their lives.  We encourage them to explore their behaviours, attitudes and responses - and develop a growth mindset that will enable them to overcome barriers and achieve whatever goals they set themselves. 

Our programme, “This Is Me”, is based on three simple words: “encourage, enthuse and empower” - we are committed to providing support and activities which develops their skills, capacities and capabilities, enabling them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals. We aim to work with 1,200 in 5 years’ time – an ambitious goal which requires people who share our same enthusiasm and values to achieve this.


So, if you’re as passionate about this cause as we are, we’d love to hear from you!


Role Summary


We are seeking an exceptional leader with bags of strategic vision to take TJP to its next level, bringing energy and focus in order to do so. You will think outside the box; leading the growth and financial health of the charity ensuring it is sustainable, all within the requirements set out by the Charity Commission.  And most of all you will be able to motivate, coach and inspire the board of Trustees and TJP staff to think and deliver creatively within the brief they have been given, helping them to achieve the aims of the organisation.


Main Responsibilities of the Chair


In relation to the Board

·         Formulate strategic plans and regular review of long-term strategic aims of the charity.

·         Develop organisational policies, define goals, targets and evaluate performance against agreed targets.

·         Approve the annual cycle of the board meetings, meeting agendas, chair and facilitate meetings, monitor decisions taken at meetings and ensure they are implemented.

·         Liaise regularly with the Treasurer to maintain a clear grasp of the charity’s financial position and to ensure full and timely financial transparency and information disclosure to t

he Board.

·         Lead and mentor other Board members to fulfil their responsibilities and enable access to training/coaching/information to enhance the overall contribution of the board.

·         Annually review the Board structure, role, staff relationships and ensure implementation of agreed changes/developments are carried out.

·         Encourage team working among Board members and encourage them to identify and recruit new trustees as required.

·         Create a strong, profitable and fulfilling working relationship with trustees and the Chief Executive through review and self-reflective evaluation of contributions and effectiveness of the board.


In relation to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) / Charity Manager

·         In participation with the board, appoint the CEO/Charity Manager and lead the process of appraising and constructively guiding the performance of the CEO/Charity Manager.

·         Assume guardianship of the legal and financial integrity of the organisation.

·         Consult with CEO/Charity Manager on matters of strategy, governance, finance and HR.

·         Oversee the CEO/Board activities in the context of the implementation of Board’s strategy and policies.

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

·         Receive regular informal progress reports of the organisation’s work and financial performance through the CEO/Charity Manager.


In relation to the community

·         Represent the organisation as a spokesperson at appropriate events, meetings or functions.

·         Lead the Board in fostering relations with potential clients and potential funders/donors.

·         Act as final stage adjudicator for disciplinary and grievance procedures if required.

·         Facilitate change and address conflict within the Board of Trustees, within the organisation and liaise with the CEO/Charity Manager to achieve this.

·         Ensuring adherence and compliance around key policies to e.g. Equality of Opportunity, Health & Safety and in all decisions and discussions of the Board



Who We’re Looking For

The essential skills, experience and qualities expected from our Chair trustees are outlined below:

·         Outstanding leadership, communication/interpersonal and decision-making skills

·         Exceptional strategic perspective and vision 

·         Have well developed values

·         Understanding and acceptance of legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

·         Expertise and / or experience of the governance of an organisation

·         Have a good understanding of the charity sector

·         Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the role of Chair, including networking

·         Good independent judgment 

·         An ability to think creatively


Additional Information

·         Board meetings are currently monthly (frequency is currently being reviewed) via electronic methods (Skype/Zoom)

·         You will be required to commit up to 12 days a year (approximately 8 hours per month), to attend board meetings, assurance committees, business planning meetings, follow up on actions, attend training, review board papers and liaise with the CEO/Charity Manager on operational issues as necessary

·         You will be expected to provide ad hoc practical support on operational matters to support the CEO/Charity Manager


Selection Process

Candidates are required to submit a CV and personal statement demonstrating their suitability and setting out how they meet the criteria for this role as stated above.
If your CV and personal statement demonstrate experience of essential criteria, you will be invited to a face to face interview, likely to take place at the end of May (date tbc). Please submit your CV and a personal statement of no more than 500 words by 5pm on Monday 20th May 2019 to:


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