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Trustees Unlimited – Chair of the Board of Trustees

Location: Home based

Date Posted: 21/11/2019

Closing Date: 13/12/2019

Job description

Who we are

Refuge is committed to a world where domestic violence and violence against women and girls is not tolerated and where women and children can live in safety. We aim to empower women and children to rebuild their lives, free from violence and fear. We provide a range of life-saving and life-changing services, and a voice for the voiceless.

Refuge believes that domestic violence and violence against women and girls will only ever come to an end when the Government adopts a fully-funded national strategy that is underpinned with adequate commitment to provision, prevention and protection.

The Organisation

Refuge believes that domestic violence and violence against women and girls will only ever come to an end when the Government adopts a fully-funded national strategy that is underpinned with adequate commitment to provision, prevention and protection.

The Role

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the Refuge Board. In addition to providing inclusive leadership, the newly appointed Chair will also:

  • Hold the Board and Executive Team to account for Refuge’s mission and vision
  • Ensure that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity
  • Support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive
  • Ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive of the charity to achieve agreed objectives
  • Act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive

The Person

In addition to the qualities required of a Trustee of the charity, the Chair must also meet the following requirements:

Personal Qualities

  • An understanding of women’s issues and support of Refuge’s philosophy of equality, respect and empowerment; recognising that gender inequality and discrimination perpetuate violence against women
  • Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to Refuge, its vision, values and strategic objectives
  • Have a willingness to develop an understanding of Refuge’s internal and external messages; recognise and understand the myths surrounding violence against women and girls
  • Have a sensitive approach and be willing to learn about the impact of trauma experienced by Refuge’s clients and its staff
  • Personal gravitas to lead a significant national organisation
  • Exhibit strong inter-personal and relationship building abilities and be comfortable in an ambassadorial role
  • 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, including travel and attending events out of office hours

Experience

  • Proven track record of operating successfully at a senior strategic leadership level
  • Successful track record of achievement through their career
  • A solid understanding and experience of charity governance and working with or as part of a Board of Trustees is desirable
  • Experience of external representation, delivering presentations and managing stakeholders
  • Significant experience of chairing meetings, committees and events

Knowledge and skills

  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the Civil Society sector and current issues affecting it
  • Strong, visionary leadership skills with ability to motivate staff and volunteers, build consensus and bring people together
  • Good understanding of charity governance issues including the legal duties and responsibilities of the role of Trustee/Chair as described by the Charity Commission in their CC3 guidance
  • A broad understanding of charity finance issues
  • Good understanding and/or experience of opportunities and challenges in embracing new technologies and platforms in support and delivery of the functions and services of Refuge

Candidates who will increase the diversity of the board are of particular interest.

Further Information

For further information about the role of Chair at Refuge and the person they are looking for, please download the Candidate Information Pack.

Timetable

  • Closing date: Friday 13 December 2019
  • Preliminary interviews with Trustees Unlimited: Week commencing 16 December 2019
  • First stage interview with Refuge: Week commencing 13 January 2020
  • Second stage interview with Refuge: Week commencing 27 January 2020

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