Chair of Board of Trustees

Chair of Board of Trustees

At a glance


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


Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 2JA
Mainly at home
Travel limit? 50 miles


Either in or out of office hours Board meetings are held in a central Manchester location 4 times a year, from 3pm to 4.30pm.

This is an exciting time to join DanceSyndrome! The trajectory is steeply upwards, an innovative, creative
charity breaking down barriers, removing stigma, creating opportunities, revelling in health and well-being.


What will you be doing?

The Chair that we seek will be energised and motivated believing passionately that every single person in society can contribute and engage when given appropriate support, that the world is stronger when we are all embraced, included and welcomed. He/she will believe that engagement in the arts can transform lives and that dance can unlock communication which cannot be achieved by other means. He/she should be well connected in business, corporate or commercial networks with an interest in and empathy for the arts.

The Chair will hold the Board and Executive Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Managing Director and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive of the charity to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Managing Director.

What are we looking for?

Principal responsibilities of the role are:

  • Provide leadership to the charity and its Board, ensuring that the Charity has maximum impact for its beneficiaries and operates within its charitable objectives.
  • Engage with and support Trustees to achieve effective governance of the Charity
  • Provide clear strategic direction for the Charity
  • Support the Board to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities, manage and mitigate the risks
  • Lead on achieving sound financial health for the future of the Charity; income, expenditure and financial accountability
  • Governance
  • Ensure that the governance arrangements are working in the most effective way for the Charity
  • Develop the knowledge and capability of the Board of Trustees
  • Encourage positive change where appropriate Address and resolve any conflicts within the Board
  • Appraise the performance of the Trustees and the Board on an annual basis
  • Regularly review and refresh the Board of Trustees who need knowledge and experience to govern and lead the charity effectively, and should represent the beneficiaries and the wider population.
  • Work within any agreed policies adopted by the charity
  • Act as an ambassador for the cause and the charity
  • Develop and maintain close relationships with key influences
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate
  • Represent the charity at external functions, meetings and events
  • Facilitate change and address any potential conflict with external stakeholders
  • Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision making process
  • Ensure that Trustees are fully engaged and that decisions are taken in the best, long-term interests of the Charity and that the Board takes collective ownership
  • Foster, maintain and ensure that constructive relationships exist with and between the Trustees
  • Work closely with the Managing Director to give direction to Board policy-making and facilitate well planned and meaningful meetings.
  • Monitor that decisions taken at meetings are implemented.
  • Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Managing Director, holding him/her accountable for achieving agreed strategic objectives


The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive. 

What difference will you make?

The role of Chair is vital to the success of our developing charity.

For further insight into the impact of our work, please view the following short films:

DanceSyndrome Film (2 minutes duration)

DanceSyndrome on ITV:

Superabled – a documentary about Jen Blackwell, Founder of DanceSyndrome

DanceSyndrome Present “Orbit” – performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017

DanceSyndrome – Dream, Believe, Achieve


What's in it for the volunteer?

This is an opportunity to work with an established team of committed, energised individuals who are driven to developing this unique inclusive dance charity to reach its potential. We're poised on the brink of great success - would you like to come on this exciting journey with us?

Our aspirations are to grow our Lancashire-based charity into a National organisation within the next 3 years. We believe we can do it - will you? If you are up to the challenge we promise you incredible return on your personal investment from our inspirational team of Dance Leaders, you'll never experience anything like the joy and happiness they bring to everyone.

A few more details

Remuneration: The role of Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed
Location: Northwest with board meetings in Manchester
Time commitment: 4 Board meetings per year. The Chair is also expected to have regular meeting/dialogue with the Managing Director, and also represent the Charity at various events and meetings with key stakeholders.
Reporting to the Board of Trustees (Executive Committee)

Before you apply

Please apply via the Reach Volunteering platform sending a CV and letter of interest to: Dawn Vickers, Managing Director DanceSyndrome
  • Arts
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Training / employment support
  • DanceSyndrome is an inclusive award-winning dance charity led by dancers with learning disabilities.  DanceSyndrome believes that everybody belongs, that people with learning disabilities have...