A Chair with enthusiasm, strategic vision & faith to lead our community forward

A Chair with enthusiasm, strategic vision & faith to lead our community forward

At a glance


  • Governance


Burton Bradstock, DT6 4RN
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Within 3 hours drive


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
3-7 hours / week
The time commitment varies but, as chair, there are always things to progress or oversee but usually this can be done in two half days per week.


02 Sep 2024

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Othona is a thriving Christian community that promotes spiritual growth, peace & care for the environment by running retreats at centres in Essex & Dorset.  We operate through 2 charitable entities - a trust & company.

What will you be doing?

The 2 residential centres offer a place for people to be real together through the lived experience of inclusive communityBy providing retreats, workshops and a range of other events for groups, individuals and families Othona deepens peoples’ spiritual awareness. We pursue a vision of openness and inclusion for people of all faiths and none, affirming mutual respect and understanding.  

The centres seek to live in harmony with creation, growing some of their own food and maintaining the grounds to encourage biodiversity.  Through these experiences many deepen their love for humanity and the planet and learn that our Christian faith can make a difference to our well being, experience of inclusion and climate change and make a positive contribution to how we live today to ensure a better 

We have a talented board of trustees with skills, vision & faith.  We have good governance, robust policies & committed resident staff who run the centres.  Each centre has a local management committee.  We meet a minimum 4 times a year.  Our assets exceed £4million & the company made a surplus of £36,600 last year, the trust's deficit was £20,000

What are we looking for?

The Chair is a trustee of the Othona Community Trust and a Director of the Othona Community Company and both organisations enjoy working together as a team on behalf of the whole Community to operate the two centres.  As chair you will be leading a board of Trustees (some of whom are Link Trustees for the centres). 

Alongside your understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship, and commitment to voluntary public service you must be willing to uphold Othona’s inclusive Christian ethos; to think strategically and creatively; and lead the trustees forward, contributing your skills to our team.  

If you have any of these experiences it would be great: 

  • Previous Trustee or board experience or similar e.g. school governor 
  • Strategic understanding of management in residential settings and/or the hospitality sector
  • Ability to understand basic financial data and read spreadsheets.
  • Experience of working within Charity Commission guidelines

What difference will you make?

You will become part of a lively board of committed people with a heart for lived community & spirituality.  We have started strategic planning for the Community's future with exciting projects that include:

Updating our charitable objects

Creating a new & unified website 

Streamlining our management structure into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Improving the staff accommodation at both sites 

Fundraising for better guest facilities

Maximising the bio-diversity & use of renewable energy at our centres

Before you apply

If you would like to explore this role please email to arrange an informal phone chat

Application a CV and names of 2 referees one of which will be from your current employer (or equivalent).

  • Faith and ethics
  • Local / community
  • Organisation type: 

    Othona provides experiences of community, based on Christian values, open to people of all faiths and none.