Do you want to help fight Breast Cancer? Are you an experienced Chair, Vice Chair or Non-Executive Director in the voluntary or not-for profit sectors, who wants to use your skills to help a fantastic charity increase their reach and impact?

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Who we are

Breast Cancer UK's mission is to prevent breast cancer through scientific understanding, education, collaboration and policy change.

We are the only UK breast cancer charity focused entirely on the prevention of breast cancer by campaigning to reduce risk, using traditional and digital channels to extend reach. Today 1 in 7 women will be diagnosed with the disease?at some point in their lives but at least 1 in 4 breast cancers is thought to be preventable.

We fund scientific research that will help to understand and address the preventable risk factors for breast cancer

We educate and raise awareness of the preventable risk factors for breast cancer and provide practical information to help people reduce their risk

We campaign for policy changes that promote the prevention of breast cancer

Our research focuses on environmental and chemical causes of breast cancer but our education and advice includes all preventable risk factors.

We are looking for an individual with a successful track record and enthusiasm to Chair the Board of Trustees, providing leadership and direction to the Board and enabling the Board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of Breast Cancer UK (“BCUK”).  

The Chair will work closely with the Vice-Chair, other Trustees and the Chief Executive to ensure that BCUK complies with its legal duties, pursues its charitable objects and develops and achieves its strategic objectives to secure maximum impact for BCUK’s beneficiaries. The Chair acts as an ambassador and the public face of BCUK in partnership with the Chief Executive.


This is an exciting opportunity to join and lead the Board, supporting the other Trustees, the Chief Executive and the wider staff team to: 

  • agree the strategic direction and targets for BCUK 

  • ensure the financial stability of the organisation 

  • oversee BCUK’s performance, governance and legal compliance 

  • ensure the effective contribution and development of the Board.  

As well as experience chairing a board or board committee in the voluntary/not for profit sector, you will have demonstrable leadership ability with outstanding communication and collaboration skills and be able to harness the strengths and skills of the Board as a team and individually. While you may not have personal or family experience of breast cancer, you will need to have a passion for what we do and a commitment to BCUK’s purpose, values and culture. 


You will be able to demonstrable experience and skills in: 

  • providing strategic and forward-thinking leadership, with an ability to identify opportunities and anticipate issues and risks  

  • communication, collaboration and influencing, facilitating the effective decision-making of the Board and supporting the Chief Executive  

  • governance and legal and regulatory compliance  

  • inspiring trust, confidence and respect 

Further details are provided within the Role Description and Person Specification which is downloadable from our website or via email request. 

Time Commitment 

The Board holds meetings on a quarterly basis in the evenings. Currently these are held by video conferencing, but once Covid-19 conditions permit, all or some of these will revert to physical meetings in London. The post holder will therefore need to be accessible to London.  

In addition, the successful candidate will also be expected to attend one annual strategy planning day and two informal meetings with Trustees in London.  

The following Board sub committees are in place and have their own additional time commitments. The Chair will be a member of one or more of these sub committees: 

Audit, Scrutiny & Risk Sub Committee meets 4 times a year.   

Science Sub Committee 4 times a year.  

Remuneration & Appointments Committee meets at least 2 times a year, as required.  

It is important that the Chair is available to the Chief Executive/senior paid staff members on a regular basis.  


In addition to Board Meetings, other contact – usually electronic or by telephone or videoconference – will be necessary.  


The time commitment for the Chair is expected to be at least 4 days per month, on average. 


Equal opportunities 

Breast Cancer UK is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of background or physical ability. Breast cancer affects all people and we welcome applications from all genders and backgrounds. Please help us monitor the effectiveness of our equal opportunities policy by completing our?Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form downloadable from our website or via email request.  This will be separated from your application on receipt and any information gathered anonymised and used only for statistical purposes.? 


Application Process? 

To apply for this position, please submit:? 

  • A comprehensive CV, including names and contact details of two referees (who will only be contacted if you reach final interview stage). Please ensure you include your full name and contact details (including e-mail address)? 

  • A supporting statement setting out why you are for applying for this role and how you meet the criteria set out in the Person Specification (no more than 2 sides of A4, 12 point font)? 

  • Confirmation that you consent to the application process and retention of your personal data in line with our data policy set out in the Person Specification? 

  • Completed equal opportunities monitoring form? 


Please submit your applications marked Chair of Board of Trustees in the subject line to [email protected] by 5pm on Thursday 15th October 2020. 


Please let us know if you have any disability (as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) and/or if you require any special provision should you be called for an interview. 


Closing dates for applications: 5pm Thursday 15th October 2020 

Interviews - (to be held in the evening by Microsoft Teams/Zoom):  Week of 9th November 


If you have any queries about the application process then please send an email stating the nature of your query [email protected] 


For an informal conversation about the role, please email Breast Cancer UK CEO, Thalie Martini at [email protected] to arrange a phone call.  

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