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Chair of Trustees for People to Places

Location: Maidenhead

Date Posted: 08/10/2018

Closing Date: 06/01/2019

Job Description

About the organisation

People to Places provide a community transport service for the residents of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and its neighbourhood who have transportation and/or mobility issues due to age, sickness or disability (mental or physical), poverty or because of a lack of adequate and safe public services. As a charitable organisation, we deliver high quality services that provide social benefits to the local community.

About the role

In addition to the normal duties of Chair, you will also play a fundamental role in supporting the delivery of the governance and business development ambitions outlined in our strategic objectives.

The role of the Chair is to provide leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees, enabling them to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation. The Chair acts as Line Manager of the General Manager, working in partnership with him/her to support the staff and volunteers to optimise the relationship between the Trustees, staff and volunteers.

People to Places is high profile community group, we are literally on the streets ever day. The Chair of the Board of Trustees will be at the centre of a growing organisation with plenty of challenges, but also with a strong sense of doing something very tangible for the local community, improving peoples’ lives, making them feel less lonely and treating them with dignity.

Person description

Essential

  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship and adhering to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • Compliant with the new Charity Commissions regulations barring certain people from acting as a Trustee.
  • Commitment to the charity’s objects, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities.
  • Strategic and forward-looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects and aims.
  • Good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to respect the confidences of colleagues.
  • Balancing tact and diplomacy with a willingness to challenge and constructively criticise.

Desirable

  • Prior experience of committee/Trustee work.
  • Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation.
  • A wider involvement with the voluntary sector.
  • Experience of chairing meetings, committee work, some experience of charity finance, charity fundraising.
  • Leadership skills previously exercised through a period of change.

Time commitment

  • The Board meets at least 6 times a year plus the Annual General Meeting and any committee work.
  • It is important that the Chair is available to meet or speak to the General Manager/senior staff members on a regular basis, usually weekly, with the majority preferably being face to face
  •  Ad hoc meetings and contacts: variable but are approximately monthly
  • Ambassadorial role: variable but approximately 10 events per year
  • Other opportunities are available subject to the individual taking on additional voluntary roles.

How to apply

All applications will be made to Reach in the first instance. To apply please send your CV and supporting statement that addresses the criteria in the Person Specification. Please also include your reasons and motivations for applying for this role. Please ensure your supporting statement provides concise and specific examples to demonstrate your competencies, achievements and skills addressing the criteria listed.

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