At a glance


  • General management
  • Change management
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning


Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 4LY
Mainly at the office
Travel limit? Ideally candidates based in the local area. Open to receiving applications from further afield.


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-3 hours / week
Please see the candidate pack for further details.

We are seeking a new Chair to join our friendly and professional Board. By providing your skills and experience you will be helping to ensure the organisation continues to provide its invaluable services to our beneficiaries.

What will you be doing?

Key Responsibilities:

  • To provide leadership to the board and to ensure that trustees fulfill their duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the charity.
  • To support, and manage the performance of the chief executive and to ensure that the board as a whole, works in partnership with the senior management team. 

What are we looking for?

  • Significant leadership experience.
  • Previous chair experience is desirable.
  • Commitment to the aims, principles and policies of the organisation.
  • Willingness and ability to understand and accept their responsibilities and liabilities as trustees, and to act in the best interests of the organisation.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, exercise good, independent judgement, and work effectively as a board member.
  • Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussion; and numeracy to the extent required to understand financial records and accounts.
  • Willingness to gain knowledge of local needs and resources that are available to deliver services.

What difference will you make?

Our vice Chair is currently acting as Chair, and is happy to continue until next Chair is found, ideally ready to take over at our AGM in November this year. Your leadership will help The Gingerbread Centre continue providing accommodation for homeless families and single pregnant women.

What's in it for the volunteer?

You will join a professional, committed and friendly team, who are passionate about supporting vulnerable people.

Before you apply

Applications must be submitted via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. Please submit your CV along with a covering letter stating why you wish to join the organisation, the skills and experience you would bring to the board and any other relevant information.
  • Children / families
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Young people
  • The Gingerbread Centre was established in 1977 in Stoke-on-Trent, providing 24 hour supported accommodation for homeless families, pregnant women and teenage parents from across North...