1. Support U

Chair of Trustees

Reading

Support U is a Reading based charity set up in 2010 to provide support to LGBTQ people in the Thames Valley. Our small team runs social, emotional and wellbeing support and social groups. We are looking to revitalise our Trustee Board and require a new Chair

Closing date for applications

Who we are

Support U is a Reading based charity set up in 2010 to provide support to LGBTQ people in the Thames Valley. Our small team runs social, emotional and wellbeing support and social groups and provides some counselling services. We are looking to revitalise our Trustee Board and require a new Chair of Trustees.


The role

This role description includes:

1. Your
general statutory responsibilities as a Trustee

2. Specific
Responsibilities for your role as a Chair of Trustees

1.
Your general statutory responsibilities as a
trustee:

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Ensuring that the organisation pursues its
stated objects (purposes), as defined in its governing document, by developing
and agreeing a long-term strategy

·
Ensuring that the organisation complies with its
governing document (ie its constitution), charity law, and any other relevant
legislation or regulations

·
Ensuring that the organisation applies its
resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects (ie the charity
must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects,
however worthwhile or charitable those activities are) for the benefit of the
public

·
Ensuring that the organisation defines its goals
and evaluates performance against agreed targets

·
Safeguarding the good name and values of the
organisation

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Ensuring the effective and efficient
administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and
procedures in place

·
Ensuring the financial stability of the
organisation

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Protecting and managing the property of the
charity and ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds

In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee
should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the
board of trustees reach sound decisions.

This may involve:-

·
scrutinising board papers,

·
leading discussions,

·
focusing on key issues,

·
providing advice and guidance on new
initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

2.
Your specific responsibilities as Chair of
Trustees, including person specification

Your responsibilities as Chair of Trustees include:

·
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

·
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.

Person specification for
the Chair

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Leadership skills

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Experience of committee work

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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.

Your role also includes the following person specifications, which are
universal for all trustees:

·
A commitment to the organisation

·
A willingness to devote the necessary time and
effort

·
Strategic vision

·
Good, independent judgement

·
An ability to think creatively

·
A willingness to speak their mind

·
An understanding and acceptance of the legal
duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

·
An ability to work effectively as a member of a
team

·
A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of
public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness,
honesty and leadership.

Closing date for applications

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