About One Walsall
One Walsall is an independent charity with a 30-year history of supporting voluntary and community action in Walsall. Following a recent major organisational development programme, we are providing support to over 600 not-for-profit organisations including charities, community groups, faith groups and social enterprises. Our aim is to support a strong and diverse voluntary and community sector in Walsall, and to inspire our communities to engage in local social action.
Our Development Team offer advice, information and practical support to organisations including charities, community groups, faith groups and social enterprises. We deliver support on a range of topics including business planning, good governance and legal structures, fundraising and marketing. We offer support through one-to-one support sessions, bespoke and group training and regular sector news bulletins. The team are arranged on a locality basis, with dedicated officer support for VCS organisations in each of the Borough’s four locality areas.
Our nationally accredited Volunteer Centre supports organisations involving volunteers, including charities and public-sector bodies, to deliver best practice in the recruitment, management and coordination of volunteers. The Centre also offers advice and information to people and organisations seeking volunteering opportunities, brokers volunteer placements, and helps to raise the profile of volunteering in the borough through events and communications.
Role of the Independent Chair of the Board
As independent Chair your primary role is to manage the efficient running of the One Walsall Board of Director/Trustees. You will lead the Board in setting and delivering the strategic direction of the organisation, ensuring you are committed to the values of a community focused organisation. You will have experience of business management and finance and a proven track record of leadership of a board. Experience of the voluntary sector is not essential, but a willingness to learn about our sector is.
As an independent member, you must not be directly associated to a One Walsall member organisation or another voluntary sector group within Walsall.
This is a voluntary role, however any reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
- Provide leadership to the board and to ensure that trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the charity.
- Support and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive.
- Ensure that the board works in partnership with executive staff.
Duties and tasks to fulfil the key responsibilities
In relation to the board:
- Formulate strategic plans and regular review of long-term strategic aims of the charity.
- Develop organisational policies, define goals, targets and evaluate performance against agreed targets.
- Approve the annual cycle of the board meetings, meeting agendas, chair and facilitate meetings, monitor decisions taken at meetings and ensure they are implemented.
- Liaise regularly with the Treasurer to maintain a clear grasp of the charity’s financial position and to ensure full and timely financial transparency and information disclosure to the Board.
- Lead and mentor other Board members to fulfil their responsibilities and enable access to training/coaching/information to enhance the overall contribution of the board.
- Annually review the Board structure, role, staff relationships and ensure implementation of agreed changes/developments are carried out.
- Encourage team working among Board members and encourage them to identify and recruit new trustees as required.
- Create a strong, profitable and fulfilling working relationship with trustees and the Chief Executive through review and self-reflective evaluation of contributions and effectiveness of the board.
In relation to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO):
- In participation with the board, appoint the CEO and lead the process of appraising and constructively guiding the performance of the CEO.
- Assume guardianship of the legal and financial integrity of the organisation.
- Consult with CEO on matters of strategy, governance, finance and HR.
- Oversee the CEO’s activities in the context of the implementation of Board’s strategy and policies.
- Maintain careful oversight of any risk to reputation and/or financial standing of the organisation.
- Receive regular informal progress reports of the organisation’s work and financial performance through the CEO.
In relation to the voluntary sector, member organisations, and code of conduct:
- Represent the organisation as a spokesperson at appropriate events, meetings or functions.
- Protect and manage the property of the organisation.
- Lead the Board in fostering relations with potential clients and potential funders/donors.
- Act as final stage adjudicator for disciplinary and grievance procedures if required.
- Facilitate change and address conflict within the Board of Trustees within the organisation, and liaise with the Chief Executive to achieve this.
- Undertake review of external complaints as defined by the organisation’s complaints procedure.
- Ensuring adherence and compliance around key policies to e.g. Equality of Opportunity, Health & Safety and in all decisions and discussions of the Board and its sub-committees.
- Attend and be a member of other committees or working groups when appropriate in role as Chair.
- In order to perform the above role, the Chair should have reasonable access to all staff and information, in line with the board’s fiduciary duties.
Qualities of the Independent Chair of the Board
- Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship.
- Commitment to the charity’s objects, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities.
- Strategic and forward-looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects and aims.
- Good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment.
- Experience of chairing meetings.
- Leadership skills.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to respect the confidences of colleagues.
- Balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise.
- Prior experience of committee/trustee work.
- Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation.
- A wider involvement with the voluntary sector.
- Some experience of charity finance and fundraising.
- Leadership skills exercised through a period change.
- Experience/expertise in any of the following areas:
- Marketing and PR
- Data Analysis/Business Intelligence
- Property and Asset Management
- The approximate time commitment for this role is one day per month although this may not be spread equally across the year.
- The Board meets at least four times a year at our Walsall Office and the Chair is expected to be attend all meetings. There is also potential for meetings within the Black Country and wider West Midlands region.
- It is important that the chair can visit the organisations office(s) and be available to the Chief Executive/senior paid staff members on a regular basis.
- In addition to board meetings, other contact – usually electronic or by telephone – will be necessary.
How to apply
To find out more, please contact Alex Boys, Chief Executive Officer on 01922 619 840 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also read more about our mission, values and activities at www.onewalsall.org. To apply please send your CV, along with a covering letter outlining what interests you about the role and how you feel your skills will meet the Charity’s needs to email@example.com Application deadline for this role is 5pm on 4th December 2018.
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