Chair of Board of Trustees

Chair of Board of Trustees

At a glance


  • Fundraising research / Bid writing
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Project / programme management


Reading, RG1 4SJ
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Volunteers should live within a 40 mile limit, though knowledge of local area is important


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
3-7 hours / week
The time commitment required will be at least 4 hours per week, although timings will usually be flexible unless attending meetings at RCLC

RCLC is looking for a passionate new female Chair of the Board of Trustees to be a part of something truly special as we transform the lives of minority ethnic women through the power of learning and support. 

What will you be doing?

We are currently looking to recruit a new female Chair to lead our Board of Trustees. The role of the Chair is to chair meetings of the Trustee Board and act as a spokesperson for the charity where needed. The Chair also provides support to the Centre Manager and acts as a channel of support and communication between the Board and members of staff. The Chair will lead on the development of the Board and ensure any decisions taken are implemented effectively. The Chair may also be expected to take action or make decisions between Board meetings when it is not possible to hold a meeting. This is a real opportunity to work with a lively Board of Trustees and an exciting organisation.

Role description

  • Prepare and lead Board meetings, including the preparation of Board agendas with Treasurer and Manager
  • Make sure that best practice, policies and regulations are followed by the organisation
  • Ensure strong governance of the charity and compliance with the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Lead robust discussion at Board meetings and make sure any decisions are put into practice
  • Make sure the Board as a whole stays objective, balanced and effective
  • Always act in RCLC’s best interest
  • Attend relevant external meetings as an RCLC representative
  • Review funding applications, with the support of other staff and Board members
  • Speak with and offer support to the Centre Manager regularly and challenge where necessary.
  • Generally, to pick up on issues that require discussion with staff or the Board and make sure that these are discussed quickly and effectively, and that decisions are reached and acted upon.
  • Make sure that the skills of staff and those on the Board are used effectively; set up sub-committees or working groups where necessary
  • Keep an overview on our organisation’s affairs and ensure annual strategy review involving Board and senior staff takes place
  • Assist in recruiting new trustees to ensure inclusive Board with appropriate skills.
  • Work alongside the Manager to strengthen partnerships with voluntary and statutory sector organisation

What are we looking for?

Person specification


  • Passionate about refugee and migrant women’s empowerment and advocating for equal rights and treatment
  • Leadership ability including motivational skills and working effectively as a member of a team
  • Integrity, strategic vision, and good independent judgement, forming decisions for the good of the charity
  • Willing and able to devote the necessary time and effort to Chair duties
  • Effective communication skills, be tactful and diplomatic; able to speak your mind whilst open to the views of others
  • A good listener with an interest, passion, and empathy for migrant and refugee women and
  • their issues
  • Demonstrate a commitment to prioritising equality, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of work
  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities and liabilities of being a trustee
  • Ideally, some prior experience of Committee/Trustee/Chairing work
  • Fundraising experience

Time Commitment:

  • Board Meetings: Minimum of 6 Board of Trustee meetings per year (usually held on weekday evenings, after close of business), plus preparation and reading of documentation; some meetings are held online
  • Board matters: Meetings with Treasurer, Company Secretary and Committee Chairs on planning and governance matters, and to contribute to and ensure progress on key initiatives.
  • People Management: Regular planning and update meetings with Manager (and other senior management) to support their activities and advise on ongoing business and management challenges.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Attendance at, and contribution to, major events (one or two a year), contribution to key stakeholder and funder meetings (typically between 6 and 8 a year), and support to media relations, as a spokesperson for the organisation.

Due to these commitments, the candidate will live within an hour’s travelling distance of central Reading or from the neighbouring counties and be prepared to travel Reading at least once a month. The time commitment required will be at least 4 hours per week, although timings will usually be flexible unless attending meetings at specified times. The current Chair is willing to support you for at least the first year.

What difference will you make?

The Chair of Trustees is a key role in our organisation. Your leadership and commitment will ensure we continue to provide and extend our range of much-needed support and services to our beneficiaries. You strategic direction will ensure that the charity achieves its aims by;

  • Breaking down barriers to learning, integration, well-being, and employment.
  • Providing tailored one-on-one holistic support and advocacy.
  • Fostering mutual respect, support, and community cooperation

Before you apply

Please send your CV and a cover letter to Aisha Malik explaining why you are interested in the role; what skills/experience you would be able to offer; and where would people say they saw your values in your life/work by 8/3/2024.

If you would like more information or to talk about the role please contact the current Chair, Sarah del Tufo to agree a convenient time to talk.

  • Education
  • Organisation type: 
    Educational body

    Based in Central Reading, RCLC has been operating as an independent charity since 2007, and as part of national charity, Workers’ Education Association, since the mid-1990s. We have over 20 years...