Age UK Ealing- Chair of Trustees

Age UK Ealing

Aid and emergency | Poverty relief | Health and social care | Disability | Healthy living | Mental health | Physical health | People and communities | Older people | Social justice and democracy

Location: Greenford Community Centre , 170 Oldfield Lane South, Greenford, London, UB6 9JS (see map)

Travel: Greenford station. East Close bus stop.

Start date: 07/09/2020 (ongoing)

What will I be doing?

  • The role of Chair is a stimulating and challenging role that will call on your strategic and diplomatic skills. It provides an opportunity to work alongside an experienced and diverse team of trustees and senior management in a rapidly changing environment to make a real difference to the lives of older people in Ealing. We are looking for someone with experience at a senior management level. The Chair provides leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees to enable the board to fulfil its responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, as well as oversight and scrutiny of the charity’s operations. The Chair serves for three years from the date of election and is eligible for re-election. The maximum term of office which any person elected as Chair may serve is six consecutive years.
  • The new Chair of Trustees will take office at the charity’s AGM, currently planned for November 2020. The board of trustees meets monthly. It is important that the Chair is able to visit the charity’s locations and is available to the chief executive on a regular basis. Other meetings and regular contact via email inside and outside the charity are also necessary. The time commitment for the Chair is typically the equivalent of 2-5 days per month, but can occasionally be greater at times of significant or urgent activities for the charity. Role Description – Specific tasks. - Give direction to the Board with regards to strategy and policy making. - Plan and prepare board meetings and the AGM with the Chief Executive and others as appropriate. Ensure adequate support and supervision arrangements are made for the CEO. - Sit on committees and staff or trustee recruitment panels as required.
  • Chair board meetings ensuring:. A balance is struck between timekeeping and space for discussion. Business is dealt with and decisions are made in a timely manner. Decisions, actions and deliberations are adequately minuted. The implementation of decisions is clearly assigned and monitored. - Represent the organisation at appropriate events & meetings. - Act as a spokesperson for the organisation where appropriate. - Oversee and sign off the production of the annual report. - Review and appraise the performance of the CEO. - Act as final stage adjudicator for disciplinary and grievance procedures as required. - Lead the appointment and induction of new trustees and handle any trustee performance issues if necessary. - Manage and carry out trustee appraisals. Monitor the skills of the Board of Trustees and ensure those skills are used effectively. - Ensure a successor Chair is found before the term of office finishes.
  • The Chair should have the following essential qualities:. A strong background at a senior management level. Leadership ability and commitment to the organisation. Tact, diplomacy, powers of persuasion. integrity, strategic vision and good and independent judgment. Flexibility and a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as Chair and as a trustee. Understanding of the legal responsibilities and liabilities of a trustee. Willingness to speak one’s mind and listen to the views of others. An understanding of the Ealing Borough especially the needs of older people in the borough. Experience or understanding of the voluntary sector. Desirable qualities:. Experience of being a vice chair or a chair of a voluntary organisation or board of trustees. Experience or understanding of one or more of: health and social care provision for older people, social enterprises, collaborative multi-organisation working.
Age UK Ealing - Greenford Community Centre, 170 Oldfield Lane South, Greenford UB6 9JS

Age UK Ealing - Greenford Community Centre, 170 Oldfield Lane South, Greenford UB6 9JS

What impact will this have?

  • The Chair will provide leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees to enable the board to fulfill its responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, as well as oversight and scrutiny of the charity’s operations. Our Strategic Objectives. We put our service users at the heart of everything we do. Our Core Strategic Objectives are. - To achieve long-term financial sustainability. - To continue to deliver high quality and responsive Information & Advice services. - To improve and grow our Befriending Services. - To improve and grow our popular day services. - To be the voice of older people in Ealing. The charity plans to pursue greater collaboration with local partner organisations to deliver support and services, to enable affordable expansion of its activities.
  • In 2020/21 the charity is focused on. - raising significant income, to enable us to move towards balanced budgets year-on-year, and also to offset the income loss as a result of Covid-19. - To ensure our staff and volunteers have the skills, systems and the organisation they need. - Raising our profile – to ensure people know what we do and what is important to our service users in Ealing, so that we attract the best staff, volunteers, partners, members, and supporters of Age UK Ealing. - To develop a portfolio of new services that empowers older people to love later life including activities that promote digital inclusion – providing opportunities, support and guidance to enable our service users to make best and safe use of their digital experience including the use of the internet.
  • - To ensure that the use of our Greenford Community Centre facilities is meeting the needs of mixed and diverse communities, individuals and various local groups. - To continue to work collaboratively with the Local Authority and relevant agencies to ensure that the needs of older people are met . The Chair role provides an opportunity to work alongside an experienced and diverse team of trustees and senior management in a rapidly changing environment to make a real difference to the lives of older people in the London Borough of Ealing.

When are you needed?

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Commitment

  • The Board of Trustees has overall responsibility for the charity and meets monthly.It is important that the Chair is visible externally and within the charity, can be the main communicator between staff and the board by visiting the charity’s locations and is available to the chief executive on a regular basis.Attendance at other meetings and regular contact via email inside and outside the charity is also necessary.
  • The time commitment for the Chair is typically the equivalent of 2-5 days per month but can occasionally be greater at times of significant or urgent activities for the charity. If an external applicant is selected as Chair, he/she will be asked to become a Trustee of Age UK Ealing with immediate effect, to become familiar with the charity and enable a smooth handover in November.

What else do I need to know?

  • Time commitment is flexible and not on a regular day each week, but will be about 2.5 days each month generally. The monthly Board meetings usually take place in evenings.
  • Interviews will be held for short-listed candidates in the week beginning Monday 7th September 2020. In line with Coronavirus guidelines, interviews will take place at Greenford Community Centre subject to social distancing requirements. We have very large rooms which are available for interview where social distancing is easily achievable. Please be reassured that all our volunteers will be provided with PPE such as face masks and gloves where face to face contact is necessary. We follow Covid-19 Government guidelines including social distancing at all volunteering sites. Our volunteer induction process will include protocol for working together safely during Covid-19. If for any reason this should this not be possible for safety reasons, video call interviews will be held using Zoom. We will be continuing to monitor our Covid - 19 measures for the future in line with Government requirements.

Expenses

  • The role is not remunerated. However, reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out the role will be repaid.

Background checks

  • A DBS check is required

About the organisation:

Additional Information

What skills will be useful?

  • Academic
  • Writing
  • Charity
  • Campaigning
  • Fundraising
  • Interpersonal
  • Advice and support
  • Caring
  • Mentoring
  • Negotiating
  • Team working
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Organising
  • Professional
  • Administration
  • Business and management
  • Councils and public sector
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Technology
  • IT
  • Must have senior management experience, strong leadership skills, commitment to the charity,Understanding of the legal responsibilities of a trustee, the needs of older people in the Ealing Borough & experience or understanding of the voluntary sector.

What skills can I gain?

  • Charity
  • Campaigning
  • Interpersonal
  • Advice and support
  • Team working
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Professional
  • Councils and public sector
  • Technology

Training

  • If an external applicant is selected as Chair, he/she will be asked to become a Trustee of Age UK Ealing with immediate effect, to become familiar with the charity and enable a smooth handover in November 2020.

Location

Greenford Community Centre , 170 Oldfield Lane South, Greenford, London, UB6 9JS

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