Who we are
We are a trusted and fully-accredited source of expertise, advice, training and education in mindful movement (yoga, Pilates, qigong) and similar practices. We want to help people to discover the power of these practices to prevent disease and to improve physical and mental health. Our Towards a Healthy City programme delivers and develops mindful movement classes in the most deprived areas of Brighton and Hove in a bid to reduce health inequalities.
We are looking for an active and engaged Chair who can provide strong leadership and guidance as we embark on our strategy for the next few years. You will play a leadership role both within the charity itself and in championing our mission to the outside world.
You will be joining at an exciting time and leading a committed, experienced and skilled Board and a dynamic and forward-looking organisation. As our new Chair you will help shape the next exciting phase of our future development as we develop our strategic business.
You will lead the Board as it sets strategic direction and oversee the good governance of the charity, and ensure it is meeting its charitable obligations. The Chair also leads the small management team, providing guidance, oversight and performance management. Key actions include:
Providing strategic leadership to the charity, the Board and senior management, ensuring that BNHF achieves its mission, promoting a culture of openness and debate
Ensuring the Board and management team develop, and work to, high standards of governance, financial oversight and risk management
Preparing, chairing and facilitating Board meetings including encouraging discussion, summarising key points and ensuring decisions are made and implemented
Develop relationships with key stakeholders including community organisations, the Council, health services, corporate partners, and other charities in related areas of work
Act as a spokesperson, ambassador and figurehead for the charity
Skills, qualities and experience
You don’t need to have specific previous experience on a charity board to apply for the role of Chair but understanding or experience of the mental, physical and social health sector is highly desirable. We recognise that many of the skills required are transferable, and you may have gained them in other settings or through other relevant experience. These include:
Significant experience of leadership and team-working in a senior management role in a non-profit or commercial organisation
The ability to listen and engage effectively, an inclusive leadership style, able to inspire and support everyone to participate on an equal footing
Sound judgement, good analytical skills and a keen sense of strategic purpose
Excellent communication and public speaking skills and a willingness to advocate for and champion BNHF’s work through personal networks, social media, and other channels
Energy and enthusiasm and a strong commitment to promoting equality and social justice
If you share our passion and enthusiasm for the developing mental, physical and social health in the community, enjoy thinking strategically and working collaboratively, and can bring diverse professional and personal experience to our Board, then we’d love to hear from you.
This is an active role, where time will need to be invested regularly outside of meetings to support the work of the Board and the charity. The key Chair responsibilities are likely to require up to 4 days per month including attending 4-6 in person two-hour Board meetings per year (usually in person), sub-committees where relevant and an annual strategic day.
All Trustees including the Chair are appointed for an initial three-year term of office and may stand for re-election after this period.
How to apply
Please submit an expression of interest in your preferred format – CV, written statement, video, etc. – telling us:
Why you would like to lead the Board of Trustees at BNHF
How your skills and experience match what we are looking for in a new Chair
Please email your application to [email protected] by 5pm on 26 February 2024. We will respond to you promptly and interviews will be held soon after this date.
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