Chair of Trustees

London, UK
Posted 4 days ago

About Magic Breakfast

Magic Breakfast works with over 480 primary and secondary and ASL/SEN schools plus pupil referral units to make sure over 40,300 children start their school day in the best possible way. Magic Breakfast partners with schools in England and Scotland.

This year Magic Breakfast was awarded £26m in funding through Family Action and the Department for Education to expand their provision, and have, since March, signed up 500 new or improved breakfast clubs. The aim of the funding initiative is to reach 1,700 new schools by 2020.

Research from the Education Endowment Foundation shows that breakfast clubs that offer pupils in primary schools a free and nutritious meal before school can boost their reading, writing and maths results. As well as providing a nutritious meal, many clubs offer children the chance to be more active and provide extra-curricular activities such as extra reading sessions to improve their learning.

The Role

The Chair will provide leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees, enabling them to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic development of the charity.

They will hold the Board and Executive Team to account for the charity’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity.

The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of Magic Breakfast, in partnership with the Chief Executive and the Founder.

Person Specification

Personal Qualities
• Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to Magic Breakfast, its strategic objectives and cause
• Personal gravitas to lead a growing national organisation
• Exhibit strong inter-personal and relationship building abilities and be comfortable in an ambassadorial role
• Demonstrate tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and engage effectively
• Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the charity
• Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment
• Ability to commit time to conduct the role well, including travel and attending events out of office hours

Experience
• Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation
• Successful track record of achievement through their career
• Experience of charity governance and working with or as part of a Board of Trustees
• Experience of external representation, delivering presentations and managing stakeholders
• Significant experience of chairing meetings and events

Knowledge and skills
• Broad knowledge and understanding of the Civil Society sector and current issues affecting it
• Strong leadership skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together
• Financial management expertise and a broad understanding of charity finance issues
• Good understanding of charity governance issues

Desirable
• Experience of working within an organisation that has scaled up
• Previous experience as a Chair of a growing organisation

Job Features

Job CategoryBoard, Charity
LocationLondon, UK
SalaryThe role of Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed
Closing Date8th January

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Job Features

Job CategoryBoard, Charity
LocationLondon, UK
SalaryThe role of Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed
Closing Date8th January

Apply Online

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