Chair of Trustees

Charity Comms

London, UK
Posted 1 week ago

About Charity Comms

CharityComms is the professional network for charity communicators. Our vision is for effective and inspiring communications to be at the heart of every charity’s work for a better world. Our purpose is to improve the standard of communications and champion its role in the sector. We represent, support, inspire, connect and inform our members and the wider charity communications community.

The Role

The key responsibility of the chair is to provide support, direction and leadership to the board and chief executive, to ensure that the board is effective in its task of overseeing both conformance and performance.

The chair will:
• Offer direct support and challenge to the Chief Executive, ensuring personal objectives are set and reviewed regularly, development and training supported, and annual performance reviews undertaken.
• Offer advice and guidance to the Chief Executive and staff in pursuing CharityComms’ objectives, as appropriate to the chair’s governance role but also based on their own professional or sector experience.
• Provide leadership to the board, the CEO and staff team.
• Embody and communicate the vision, purpose and values of CharityComms, representing the charity in public and in private.
The chair will ensure that:
• CharityComms operates within the law, and according to its constitution and its commitments to stakeholders, and is adequately resourced to meet its commitments
• CharityComms develops an effective strategy in line with the core values of the organisation

Person Specification


• An understanding of and empathy with the not-for-profit sector and a passion for the role of communications in delivering social change.
• Strong direct experience of building successful long-term business development strategies in competitive marketplaces.
• Direct experience of organisational governance, either as trustee, committee member or senior staff member directly engaged with trustee boards.
• Direct experience of the development, monetisation and marketing of products or services, not necessarily in the not-for-profit sector.
• Able to offer vision and a sense of what is possible in the future; a strategic thinker with a sense of excitement and innovation.
• Comfortable and with demonstrable experience of representing an organisation in public, at events and in the media.
• An eye for detail in financial management as well as an understanding of strategic financial planning.
• A leader and motivator for both board and staff; dynamic and challenging but equally open to challenge.
• Demonstrable ability to achieve consensus and/or apply balance and objectivity and take difficult decisions when required.
• Transparent and honest.
• Highly developed networks that can be available to CharityComms.
• Willingness and ability to commit sufficient time to chair trustee meetings (at least Quarterly) , meet with the director on a regular basis and perform other duties of the chair. (We estimate a day a month is required on average for core work, e.g. meetings, reading documents, responding to emails and so on. Additional activities and time commitment are discretional and would be welcomed).

• Specific experience of membership organisations or professional or trade bodies, either as member, staff member or governor.
• Experience of both commercial and charitable organisations.

Job Features

Job CategoryBoard, Charity
LocationLondon, UK
SalaryThe position is not paid, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
Closing Date7th January

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Job Features

Job CategoryBoard, Charity
LocationLondon, UK
SalaryThe position is not paid, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
Closing Date7th January

Apply Online

Sarah Engerer - Principal Consultant UK