Chair for small but exciting charity Third Age Project

Chair for small but exciting charity Third Age Project

At a glance


  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Social care / counselling


London, NW1 3RH
Mainly at home
Travel limit? The more local the better but not essential


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Board meetings are every two months with a strategy day once per year. You will be required to join subcommittees and also visit the General Manager


30 Sep 2020

The aim of our charity is to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of older people, particularly those that struggle to access mainstream or other older people’s services. We need a new Chair to hep us achieve those aims.

What will you be doing?

The Chair will hold the Board 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 General Manager and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Staff team of the charity to achieve agreed objectives. The Chair will work with the General Manager and Trustee Board to set the strategic direction and framework for the organisation. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the General Manager. 


The key responsibilities are to:

  • Provide leadership to the charity and its Board, ensuring that the Charity has maximum impact for its beneficiaries 
  • Ensure that Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the Charity 
  • Ensure that the Board operates within its charitable objectives, and provides a clear strategic direction for the Charity 
  • Ensure that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfy itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities, and manage and mitigate the risks 
  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability

What are we looking for?

Experience and Skills required


Personal Qualities 

  • Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to the charity, its strategic objectives and cause 
  • Personal gravitas to lead the organisation 
  • Exhibit strong inter-personal and relationship building abilities and be comfortable in an ambassadorial role 
  • Demonstrate tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and engage effectively 
  • Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the charity 
  • Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment 
  • Ability to commit time to conduct the role well, including travel and attending events out of office hours (Board meetings are every two months with a half day strategy day once per year)



  • Experience of operating at a strategic leadership level within an organisation 
  • Successful track record of achievement through their career 
  • Experience of charity governance and working with or as part of a Board of Trustees 
  • Experience of external representation, delivering presentations and managing stakeholders 
  • Experience of chairing meetings and events 


Knowledge and skills 

  • Strong leadership skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together 
  • Good understanding of charity governance and finance issues 

What difference will you make?

In order for Third Age Project to continue to grow and achieve it's ambitions we need a Chair that can guide the Trustees and Management effectively.

What's in it for the volunteer?

As Chair of this great organisation you can be part of something that truely adds value and improves to people's lives.

Before you apply

  • Older people / later life
  • Third Age Project was established over two decades ago in January 1997 to serve the needs of 1 in 4 of the local population who are over 60 years of age. Over the last two decades it has become an...