Who we are
West Cornwall Women’s Aid has provided free help and support to women and children in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly since 1987. Our specially trained team offers a range of services to women who are experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence or have done at any time in their lives, including childhood abuse.
Our services include a Helpline, access to Refuge accommodation across the UK, Outreach, Counselling and Group Work.
Chair of West Cornwall Women’s Aid
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 and objectives in order to provide greater public benefit
· Chairing and facilitating board meetings
· Giving direction to board policy-making
· Support the Chief Executive
· 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:
o Planning the annual cycle of board meetings and other general meetings where required, for example annual general meeting
o Setting agendas for board and other general meetings
o Developing the board of trustees including induction, training, appraisal and succession planning
o 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:
o Liaising with the chief executive to keep an overview of the organisation’s affairs and to provide support as appropriate
o Leading the process of supporting and appraising the performance of the chief executive
o Sitting on appointment and disciplinary panels
o The deputy-chair acts for the chair when the chair is not available and undertakes assignments at the request of the chair
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/deputy-chair to have knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation and a wider involvement with the voluntary sector and other networks.
An enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) certificate will be required for this role.
WCWA is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. However, this post is restricted to women due to the nature of the role. The Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.
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