1. The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship

National Honorary Chair


We are looking for a new Chair of our Board of Directors. The role is a voluntary one and includes chairing Board meetings and representing the charity.

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Who we are

The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship is small national charity providing friendship and support to former civil servants and their dependents. It runs a number of charitable services including local community groups, befriending schemes and a freephone helpline for advice.

The role

The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship is a registered charity. The purpose of the Fellowship is to relieve, through friendship and support, the
problems associated with old age amongst its beneficiaries. It receives no government funding and is supporting by fundraising and subscriptions (annual supporters who sign up to make an annual contribution/donation). Its beneficiaries are all retired Civil Servants their partners, widows and widowers of civil servants. The Fellowship is a national organisation which operates at a local level throughout the UK
through some 50 groups all staffed by volunteers. The groups run various social activities. The CSRF also runs three national befriending services which provide companionship via telephone, home visit or letter. It also operates a Freephone Helpline that is used to provide advice and guidance on a wide range of topics relevant to later life. These are supported by a network of relationships with other organisations such as Age UK and Independent Age.

The charity is directed by a Board of Directors and administered by a Chief Executive/Company Secretary and a small team of part-time staff (‘Fellowship Office’) in Greenwich. The Board comprises a Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer, and four Elected Posts from within the CSRF community to represent groups, befriending services and later life issues. In law all Board members are executive trustees.

We are welcoming applications from serving (including those coming up for retirement) and recently retired senior civil servants. The ideal candidate will have:


· Good leadership and management skills

· Experience of Change Management

· A knowledge of the current Civil Service

· Some understanding of the issues facing those in later life

· Some knowledge of the charity sector

· Experience of Committee work


· Experience in Communications, Fundraising and Marketing

Time committment: 6-8 days a year (this includes 4 virtual Board meetings)

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2024

Supporting document(s)

  • job-spec-for-post-of-new-chair_nov-2023.pdf - Download
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