Chair of Board of Trustees


The Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) advocates for a fair and effective justice system. We are looking for a Chair to lead the Board of Trustees.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

The Criminal Justice Alliance advocates for sensible changes to make the criminal justice system work better. Our insight comes from our members: over 200 non-profit organisations with expertise across the whole criminal justice system. Their broad remits enable us to piece together the right formula for lasting change.

Our vision is of a fair and effective criminal justice system that works well for everyone and leads to a more equitable society.

The role

Chair is responsible for leading the Board of trustees, ensuring that it
fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of the organisation. The
Chair’s role is also to work in partnership with the Director, helping them
achieve the aims of the organisation and to optimise the relationship between
the Board and staff.

Key responsibilities

Strategy, Governance, and Financial Management

  • Lead the Board in providing strategic direction to the CJA.
  • Ensure, with Trustees, that the organisation operates efficiently and effectively to fulfil its objectives in compliance with relevant charitable and company legislation. Maintain careful oversight of any risk to reputation and/or financial standing of the charity and ensure that the Board regularly monitors that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities, and manage and mitigate the risks.
  • Ensure that the Board fulfil its duties to ensure sound financial health of the charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability.

Board Leadership ·

  • Ensure a high performing and effective Board through review of Board structure, Trustees and Board performance (including managing retirements, resignations and recruitment of Trustees). ·
  • Enhance the overall contribution of the Board, through mentoring of other Board members and encouraging participation in training/coaching/development. ·
  • Review and ensure Trustees have the right skillsets, training and development to support the effective governance of the CJA. ·
  • Chair Board meetings inclusively, bringing impartiality and objectivity in the decisionmaking process.

Support to CJA Director ·

  • Line manage the CJA Director including appraising and overseeing performance on strategy implementation, governance, finance and HR. ·
  • Where necessary, support and guide on operations, including personnel management. ·
  • Work with the CJA Director to support them to achieve the aims of the charity.

General Chair responsibilities ·

  • Where appropriate, represent the CJA at meetings and events and act as spokesperson. ·
  • Lead the Board in fostering relationships with external partners and potential funders/donors.

Supporting document(s)

  • 2024---cja-chair-recruitment-pack.pdf - Download
Closing date for applications

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