1. Element Society

Chair of Sheffield Youth Charity

Hybrid / Sheffield

We are seeking a new Chair to replace the current chair who is stepping down. The role is at a vibrant and well respected charity that creates meaningful impact for young people.

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Who we are

Element Society is an independent youth-led organisation. The organisation has grown from working with 12 young people on our initial programme to empowering over 5,500 young people to change their lives and their communities.

Element is diverse in terms of young people accessing the services, and diverse in its team. We pride ourselves on being inclusive.


The role

Chair of Element Society

In addition to the general responsibilities of a trustee, duties of the chair include the following.

· Providing leadership to the organisation and the board by ensuring that everyone remains focused on the delivery of the organisation’s charitable purposes in order to provide greater public benefit

· Chairing and facilitating board meetings

· Giving direction to board policy-making

· Checking that decisions taken at meetings are implemented

· Representing the organisation at functions and meetings, and acting as a spokesperson as appropriate

· Bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision-making

· With the chief executive:

· Planning the annual cycle of board meetings and other general meetings where required, for example annual general meeting

· Setting agendas for board and other general meetings

· Developing the board of trustees including induction, training, appraisal and succession planning

· Addressing conflict within the board and within the organisation, and liaising with the chief executive (if staff are employed) to achieve this

· Where staff are employed:

· Liaising with the chief executive to keep an overview of the organisation’s affairs and to provide support as appropriate

· Leading the process of supporting and appraising the performance of the chief executive

· Sitting on appointment and disciplinary panels

· The vice-chair acts for the chair when the chair is not available and undertakes assignments at the request of the chair

Person specification

In addition to the person specification for a trustee, the chair should have the following qualities.

· Leadership skills

· Experience of committee work

· Tact and diplomacy

· Good communication and interpersonal skills

· Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences.

In most circumstances, it would also be desirable for the chair/vice-chair to have knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation and a wider involvement with the voluntary sector and other networks.

Supporting document(s)

  • introduction-to-element.docx - Download
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