Home-Start Trustee Chairperson Role
Trustee Chairperson (Volunteer)
To hold a pivotal role in guiding the board and the governance of the organisation of Home-Start Royston, Buntingford and South Cambridgeshire
- Provide leadership to the charity and its Board, ensuring the Charity has maximum impact for its beneficiaries
- Ensure that Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the Charity
- Ensuring compliance with the Home-Start Agreement and Quality Assurance system.
- 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
- In partnership with the Treasurer and Scheme Manager ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability
- 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
- Encourage positive change and where appropriate address and resolve any conflicts within the Board
- Ensure that the Board of Trustees is regularly refreshed and incorporates the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead the charity effectively, and which also reflects the wider population
- Act as an ambassador for the cause and the charity
- Maintain close relationships with key stakeholders and with key influences
- Act as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate
- Represent or seek a representative for the charity at external functions, meetings and events
Facilitate change and address any potential conflict with external stakeholders
Efficiency and effectiveness
- Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision-making process
- Prior to Board meetings liaise with Scheme Manager to agree Board agenda to ensure that meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of trustees
- Organise the Pre-Board meeting.
- Ensure that Trustees are fully engaged and that decisions are taken in the best, long-term interests of the Charity and that the Board takes collective ownership
- Monitor that decisions taken at meetings are implemented.
- Annual Accounts – provide a written report.
- Chair the Charity’s AGM
Relationship with the Senior staff member and the wider management team
- Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Scheme Manager
- Ensure regular supervision and an annual appraisal and remuneration review are conducted for the Senior staff member in consultation with other Trustees
- Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to the charity, its strategic objectives and cause
- Personal gravitas and ability to influence
- Exhibit strong inter-personal and relationship building abilities
- Demonstrate tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and engage effectively
- Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the charity
- Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment
- Ability to commit time to conduct the role well
Knowledge and skills
- Ability to operate at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation
- Ability to chair meetings and events
- Strong leadership skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together
- A good understanding of charity governance issues
Expected time commitment
- Average 8 -10 hours per month
- 5 board meetings a year (approx. 3 hours each)
- AGM – 2 hours
- Opportunities to be involved in sub committees depending upon experience, skills and interest
Although most meetings are now taking place face to face, there are possibilities for Trustees to attend some meetings virtually when necessary.
“We’re there for parents when they need us the most, because childhood can’t wait.”
If you are interested in becoming a Trustee Chairperson for Home-Start, please send a covering letter and CV to HR, Home-Start Royston, Buntingford & South Cambridgeshire, Unit 6, Valley Farm, Station Road, Meldreth, Nr Royston, Herts, SG8 6JP (telephone 01763 262262) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home-Start Royston, Buntingford & South Cambridgeshire (incorporated as Home-Start Royston and South Cambridgeshire) is committed to safer recruitment practices as an important part of safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults. Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire is committed to equality of opportunity and diversity.
Registered Charity No. 1105385 / Company Registration No 05183873