1. Northern Cancer Voices

Chair of Trustees

Hybrid / North East & Cumbria

The Chair for the Board primary responsibility is to lead the organisation in achieving its mission. You will oversee the board of trustees, ensuring they fulfil their duties effectively and in line with the charity’s objectives.

This role closed on
This role has expired. To find more trustee roles, take a look at our current opportunities

Who we are

Northern Cancer Voices (NCV) seeks to be the voice of cancer patients across the North East and North Cumbria, collecting patient feedback with the purpose of improving services. NCV aims to improve the experience of cancer patients by increasing patient participation and strengthening the network of patient & carer groups in the region, being as a trusted partner working with patients, their families, professionals and the wider community.


The role

​The chair should take control of meetings, ensuring that
everyone who wishes to has a reasonable chance to speak and take part. They should be able to listen to and understand a wide range of views, present
information clearly and concisely and get clarification of relevant points,
thus enabling effective decision making.

As the chairperson of NCV, your primary responsibility is to
lead the organisation in achieving its mission of supporting cancer patients,
raising awareness, and research. You will oversee the board of trustees,
ensuring they fulfil their duties effectively and in line with the charity’s
objectives. Additionally, you will represent the charity publicly, building
relationships with stakeholders, donors, and the wider community. Your role
involves strategic planning, fundraising initiatives, and advocacy efforts to
advance cancer research, prevention, and support services. Ultimately, as
chairperson, you play a pivotal role in guiding the charity towards making a
meaningful impact.

In addition to the general responsibilities, the chair will
be responsible for the following duties (although in some cases these may be
delegated to or shared with others):

Main duties and
responsibilities


Ensuring that decisions are made within the remit of the governing document and the policies
of Northern Cancer Voices


Planning the annual cycle
of Board meetings, and chairing and facilitating these to ensure their smooth
running


Planning the agenda for
meetings


Developing the Board membership to
ensure that it contains the diverse range of skills, experience and knowledge
needed to operate effectively, with due consideration for community
representation


Ensuring that successors
for key posts – vice chair etc. – are identified and inducted in good time


Ensuring that all receive
induction and adequate training to enable them to fulfil their roles


Monitoring the calibre,
level of commitment and attendance of all reps


Ensuring that the Board review
its own work and how effectively it operates; making sure to take any
corrective action required


Ensuring that NCV is able
to seek the views of all sections of the community they cover


Checking that decisions
taken at meetings are being implemented


Ensuring that the membership
reviews the work of the NCV.


Liaising with the NCV CEO to keep an overview of the business

● Ensuring proper management and control of finances


Representing Northern
Cancer Voices in the community and at public events where able


Representing Northern
Cancer Voices in relationships with funders and negotiating for funds for
staffing, premises or equipment


Ensuring that Northern
Cancer Voices plans for the recruitment and turnover of paid staff and
volunteers.

Personal skills and
qualities


leadership skills


experience of chairing
meetings and committee work


facilitation skills


tact and diplomacy


excellent communication and
interpersonal skills


Impartiality, fairness and
the ability to respect confidences.

It is desirable for the chair to have knowledge of the type
of work undertaken by Northern Cancer Voices and a commitment to keeping ahead
of the changes in the organisation that take place.

This role closed on
This role has expired. To find more trustee roles, take a look at our current opportunities

Our commitment to diversity & inclusion

Trustees Unlimited believes that diverse boards strengthen society. We will strive to remove the barriers that prevent people from applying to become trustees and help our clients to recruit and support people with a wide range of skills and lived experience.

Find out more