Chair - Abbeyfield Southern Oaks

South East

Abbeyfield Southern Oaks

This is an opportunity to ensure the continuity of the unique service that the Abbeyfield movement offers.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

Abbeyfield Southern Oaks (“ASO”) provides supported independent living for older people in our community, enabling them to retain their independence but with support, along with companionship and social interaction to diminish the effects of loneliness and isolation that can otherwise be experienced. Every individual is treated with dignity and respect and each is supported in maintaining their connections with local churches, clubs and activities.

We also care for our staff and volunteers and work hard to develop relationships with our residents, staff and volunteers and the communities in which we operate. We are open to change and take the opportunities that arise to help us adapt as we continue working towards our purpose. The well-being of our residents is central to everything we do.
We are delighted to be supporting Abbeyfield Southern Oaks with their search for a Chair.

The Role

This is an opportunity to ensure the continuity of the unique service that the Abbeyfield movement offers. It will be a rewarding challenge for someone experienced at Board level, who is able to exercise leadership, strategic planning skills and judgement, and who wishes to use their talents during this phase of their life to help deliver a wider range of care within the community than is possible in a normal commercial or public sector environment.

The Person

The new Chair will have a breadth of interests which extend beyond skills in governance. They will enjoy working in, and stimulating, an innovative organisation which is constantly seeking new and better ways of operating. They will also see retirement from full-time work as an opportunity to develop new skills, embodying personal values directed towards helping others get more from life. Their motivation will thus not simply be to continue using existing skills but to use their experience to embrace values which are wider and more fulfilling than simply achieving good financial results, important as those disciplines continue to be.

Other essential criteria includes:

  • Commitment to the ethos of Abbeyfield, that of committed volunteer involvement in governance and care, and our aims and objectives.
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to duties as Chair and Trustee.
  • Strong leadership ability able to bring together differing viewpoints ensuring harmonious working at all times.
  • Integrity, strategic vision and good/independent judgement
  • Demonstrable experience of strategic planning with the ability to work independently as well as being a good team player.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people at all levels.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Tact and diplomacy.
  • Knowledge of the legal requirements of a trustee.
Experience in the charitable and/or housing sector would be desirable.

Further Information

For extensive information about Abbeyfield Southern Oaks, the scope of the role, and the person we are looking for, please download the Candidate Information Pack.


Closing date: Monday 16th September Preliminary interviews in London: Monday 23rd September Panel interview with Abbeyfield Southern Oaks: Week commencing 30th September

How to Apply

To apply for this position please provide the following two pieces of information:
  • A comprehensive CV, including details of your achievements in each role and details of two referees.
  • A supporting statement, explaining how you believe your skills and experience match the requirements of the role, directly addressing the criteria as outlined in the person specification.
For an informal and confidential discussion about the role, please contact: Melissa Baxter - 07789 985229 / Marsha Isilar-Gosling - 07818 509690 /  
Closing date for applications

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