Chair of the Board of Trustees

Chair Role and Responsibilities

·         Provide leadership to the Board in its strategic role and give direction in terms of policy making.

·         Chair Board and other meetings (including the AGM) and facilitate positive, solution-based discussion.

·         Represent the Charity and act as spokesperson where appropriate. 

·         Lead communication with external stakeholders.

·         Carry out annual reviews of the Board; CEO and Trustees.

·         Develop membership of the Trustee Board to ensure that it contains the diverse range of skills, experience and knowledge needed to operate effectively.

·         Identify and resolve any conflict on the Board and in the organisation, acting to protect its reputation and preserve morale.

·         Embed equality and diversity in mission, strategy and decision-making.

·         Lead creation, execution and monitoring of the organisation’s strategic plan.

·         Ensure the Annual Trustee Report is completed.


In recruiting a new Chair, the Board is seeking someone with a charity background and/or prior experience as a Trustee.  Ideally the person will have experience as a Chair. 

Taking into account the skills matrix of the current Trustee Board, Yateley Industries would benefit from Trustees with experience in the following areas:

·         Legal

·         Fundraising

·         HR

·         Social Housing

·         Manufacturing (Packaging)

·         Adult Services / Social Care

·         Social Media / Marketing

Trustee Behaviours (applies to all Trustees including the Chair)

·         Demonstrates consistent attendance at Trustee Board meetings.

·         Always prepared for meetings. Reads board papers in advance and is prepared to engage and ask questions.

·         Responsive and reliable, including replying to requests by a deadline.

·         Contributes and facilitates discussion to develop ideas.

·         Communicates clearly, openly and honestly to secure understanding.

·         Able to work effectively with other board members of varying experience and understanding.

·         Works collaboratively and establishes good working relationships.

·         Motivated and enthusiastic and able to convey this to others.

·         Takes responsibilities for actions.

·         Identifies risks and threats and appropriate action.

·         Questions and challenges when necessary, to further board understanding and develop problem-solving.

·         Uses judgement and common sense in making informed decisions.

·         Undertakes learning and development to improve Trustee skills and is aware of own strengths and weaknesses.

·         Understands, and is passionate about and committed to, the objectives of the Charity.

·         Acts with transparency and integrity, manages personal conflicts of interest and maintains confidentiality.

·         Committed to ensuring and supporting Equality and Diversity.



  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Recruitment Process
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

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Availability Details

Time Commitment and Remuneration The Chair is expected to participate in the following activities: • Four Board meetings a year. • AGM once a year (held the same day as a board meeting). • Trustees are encouraged to visit Yateley to get to know the charity, its employees and residents. • Attendance at community and fundraising events where possible. • Monthly one-to-ones with the CEO. • Annual one-to-one with each Trustee. We are a relatively small charity and the contribution of the Trustees is a key part of the functioning of the organisation. The exact time commitment will fluctuate depending on the activities with which each Trustee is involved. As a minimum, we anticipate the time commitment of the Chair to be 1.5 to 2 days per month. Trustees must retire in rotation at the AGM, which generally means the term of office is between 2 and 3 years, depending on the make-up of the Board. Retiring Trustees are eligible for reappointment. The Board has set a limit of three terms of office from the AGM at which the Trustee is appointed (Trustees are co-opted by the Board until the next AGM). The position is unremunerated.


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