Who we are
We are a Friendly Society FSA2
The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (England & Wales) [NFYFC] is one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK. The organisation provides opportunities for personal development of its members through training programmes, competitions, skills certificates and overseas travel. This is a democratic membership organisation comprising of approx. 580 Young Farmers’ Clubs in England & Wales which are grouped in 46 county federations.
The role of Chair
- The Chair is appointed for a two-year term, renewable for one further term, or one or two years.
- This is a voluntary position, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. It also includes an honorarium of £1,000 per year.
- The time commitment includes attending up to six board meetings annually (a mixture of online and in person) and a monthly scheduled meeting with the Chief Officer.
- Additionally, there will be invitations to NFYFC events and meetings.
- Leadership and direction of the Board (Managing Trustees) and enables it to fulfil the responsibilities for the overall governance, direction and plan of the organisation.
- Ensure the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation/regulations.
- A strong, profitable and fulfilling working relationship between the Board and the Chief Officer/senior staff helping them achieve the aims of the organisation and to ensure positive relationships.
- Facilitate the Board of Management in evidence-based decision making that is robust and well considered.
- Essential skills and experience necessary to the success of the NFYFC. Individuals require integrity and gravitas. They must be able to think on their feet and should enjoy positively rising to new challenges.
- Line management, support and guidance to the Chief Officer of the organisation.
As well as a close alignment with our work and aims, candidates will need to demonstrate:
- Experience at Board/Trusteeship level at a nationwide organisation, with knowledge and familiarity of relevant governance topics.
- Experience of charity finance, charity compliance and the youth sector.
- Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship and adhering to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
- Developmental and vision in relation to the NFYFC’s charitable aims and objectives.
- Good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of NFYFC and its internal and external environments.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to respect the confidences of colleagues.
- Skilled and experienced in chairing meetings.
- Experience of supporting and managing senior salaried officers.
- Experience of working with and encouraging/mentoring volunteers and supporters.
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