Age UK Ealing (AUKE): Chair of Trustees

Age UK Ealing (AUKE): Chair of Trustees

Trustee/Governor
J67665
At a glance

Skills

  • Planning
  • Financial management
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Public relations
  • General management
  • Change management
  • Governance
  • Advice / advocacy
  • Social care / counselling

Where

London Borough of Ealing, UB6 9JS
Mainly at the office
Travel limit? 10 miles we can re-imburse reasonable travel expenses

Time

Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
3-7 hours / week
The board of trustees meets monthly - Time req = approx 2-5 days per month, but can occasionally be greater at times of urgent charity activities

Deadline

07 Sep 2020

AUKE provides high quality support & services for older people in Ealing. We aim to promote the wellbeing of older people,ensure dignity and respect & help them to achieve full quality of life.

What will you be doing?

Age UK Ealing is seeking a new Chair of the Board of Trustees to replace the current Chair whose term of office ends in November 2020. Specific activities include giving strategic direction to the board, planning and preparing board meetings and the AGM, chairing board meetings, ensuring adequate support, supervision for, and appraisal of the Chief Executive, acting as a spokesperson for the charity, leading the appointment and induction of new trustees, sitting on committees or recruitment panels as required, and working with the broader Age UK network.
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.

Role Description:

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
- Chair board meetings ensuring:
o A balance is struck between timekeeping and space for discussion
o Business is dealt with and decisions are made in a timely manner
o Decisions, actions and deliberations are adequately minuted
o The implementation of decisions is clearly assigned and monitored
- Ensure adequate support and supervision arrangements are made for the Chief Executive
- Represent the organisation at appropriate events, meetings or functions
- 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 Chief Executive
- Sit on committees and staff or trustee recruitment panels as required
- 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 that a successor Chair is found before the term of office finishes

What are we looking for?

This 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 the London Borough of Ealing. We are looking for someone with experience at 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.

Person specification
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 London Borough of Ealing especially regarding 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 

Specific activities include giving strategic direction to the board, planning and preparing board meetings and the AGM, chairing board meetings, ensuring adequate support, supervision for, and appraisal of the Chief Executive, acting as a spokesperson for the charity, leading the appointment and induction of new trustees, sitting on committees or recruitment panels as required, and working with the broader Age UK network.The board of trustees meets monthly. The Chair has to be able to: visit the charity’s locations and is available to the chief executive on a regular basis: attend other meetings and regular contact via email inside and outside the charity: Time: about 2-5 days per month, but occasionally greater due to urgent  activities for the charity.

What difference will you make?

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. The charity plans to pursue even 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 new income, to enable us to move towards balanced budgets year-on-year, and also to offset the significant income loss as a result of  Covid-19. - To ensure our staff and volunteers have the skills, the systems and the organisation they need, - Raising our profile – to make sure 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, friends 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. 

What's in it for the volunteer?

It is an opportunity to work closely with a friendly team, the chance to make a real difference to  our organisation and play an important part in Our Vision to continue to improve later life and consolidate our position as the leading voluntary organisation defending older people’s interests in the LBE. The Chair and AUKE Team will help to deliver Our Strategic  and Core Objectives - 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.

Before you apply

Please send your CV with your initial enquiry. Interviews will be held for short-listed candidates in the week beginning Monday 7th September 2020. Interviews will take place at Greenford Community Centre. Should this not be possible for safety reasons, video call interviews will be held using Zoom. Please be reassured that all our volunteers will be provided with PPE such as face masks and gloves where face to face contact is requires & we follow Covid-19 Government guidelines including social distancing at all volunteering sites.
Causes
  • Children / families
  • Counselling / advice
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Local / community
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Social care
  • Age UK Ealing is an independent local charity. At  Age UK Ealing 'older people' means anyone over the age of 50. We recognise that expectation of a longer lifespan on a reduced income and a...