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Enfield Carers Centre (ECC) is a charity that provides a high quality and personalised service to allow and encourage carers to continue to care. In addition to this, ECC works to improve the lives of carers in Enfield by championing their right to have choice about how their needs are met and to have a voice in shaping how services are developed for those they care for.
The current board members are seeking a strong chair to bring an impartial and fresh perspective to the governance of the charity. The recent growth of EEC and the incorporation of the Enfield Mental Health Carers also means that the ideal candidate will have experience in change-management and prepared to deal with the issues that can arise from integration staff and work processes. As such, it is an important requirement of the Chair to be able to work closely with the CEO in ensuring the synchronisation of the merger.
The role of the Chair of the Board of Trustees is:
• To provide leadership to ECC and its Board.
• To be a vocal ambassador for the cause and the charity.
• To coordinate the work of Trustees in developing the strategic future of the charity.
• To arrange, chair and facilitate Board meetings and monitor the implementation of
• To maintain close relationships with key influencers associated with the charity’s
• To support the Chief Executive in his/her role.
• To act as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate.
In addition to his/her duties as a Trustee, the Chair is responsible for:
• Planning the annual cycle of Board meetings.
• Setting agendas for Board meetings.
• Giving direction to Board policy-making.
• Representing ECC at external functions, meetings and events.
• Bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision-making.
• Liaising with the Chief Executive to maintain an overview of the charity’s affairs and to
provide support as necessary.
• Appraising the performance of Trustees and the Board on an annual basis.
• Facilitating change and addressing conflict within the Board and within the charity, liaising with the Chief Executive to achieve this.
In addition to the qualities required of the Chair must also meet the following requirements.
• Leadership and listening skills
• Ambassadorial skills
• Ability to foster a team environment
• Tact and diplomacy
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Impartiality, fairness and the ability to command respect
• Experience in change-management
• Willingness to devote the necessary additional time and effort to chairing the Board
The Board of Trustees meets at least 10 times a year, and the Chair will need to be available for consultation by the CEO and be able to have discussions as required. The time commitment for the Chair is expected generally to be 2 days each month.