Chair of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

Trustee/Governor
J62340
At a glance

Skills

  • General management
  • Governance

Where

Brighton, BN1 7JF
Remote opportunity
Travel limit? No

Time

Either in or out of office hours • The Board meets six times a year, usually in Central London, and we can arrange for meetings to take place remotely.

Deadline

30 Jun 2019

Refugee Support Europe is a small, dynamic organisation that relies on caring volunteers to deliver our aid with dignity to refugees. We need an experienced Chair to provide leadership and direction to the Trustees.

What will you be doing?

The principal role of the Chair will be to work in partnership with the CEO/ co-founder and support the employees, helping them achieve the aims of the organisation; and to optimise the relationship between the board of Trustees and the staff. 

  1. Main Responsibilities of the Chair
  • Provide leadership for the Board of Trustees in their role of governing the organisation; and in fostering relations with potential funders/ donors.
  • Oversee the CEO’s activities implementing the organisation’s strategy and policies.
  • Liaise closely with the CEO and act as the main point of contact on matters of strategy, governance, finance, and HR.
  • Receive regular informal progress reports of the organisation’s work and financial performance through the CEO.
  • Maintain a clear grasp of the charity’s financial position and to ensure full and timely financial transparency and information disclosure to the Board.
  • Maintain careful oversight of any risk to reputation and/or financial standing of the organisation.
  • Review and appraise the performance of the chief executive.
  • Chair and facilitate the board meetings.
  • Represent the organisation at appropriate events, meetings or functions.

 Time Commitment

  • The Board meets six times a year, usually in Central London, and we can arrange for meetings to take place remotely.
  • It is important that the Chair is available to the CEO on a regular basis.
  • From time to time, the Chair should be available to attend and represent the charity at events, meetings or functions in the day and evening times.

NB: This position is not remunerated but reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred fulfilling the duties of the role are reimbursed.

What are we looking for?

We need an experienced Chair to provide leadership and direction to the Trustees.

Qualities of a Chair

  • Commitment to the organisation and an enthusiasm for supporting refugees.
  • A strong leader.
  • Integrity, strategic vision and good/ independent judgement.
  • Good communication skills, tact and diplomacy.
  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities and liabilities of a trustee.

What difference will you make?

  • We offer refugees the opportunity to rebuild their lives
  • Our service fills the gaps that other agencies are too slow or not able to fill
  • We offer aid with dignity
  • If people care about refugees, we give them an easy way to help
    • As a volunteer, they will be helping immediately
    • As a donor, their money will go where it is needed
    • As a supporter, they can help us change the policies that affect refugees’ opportunities

What's in it for the volunteer?

We are currently supporting 3 refugee camps in Greece and just started a new ‘Dignity Centre’ service in Cyprus.  We have devised a new 3 year growth and development plan to go where we are needed, set up vital services and distributions, and offer refugees the opportunity to rebuild their lives.

You will help us develop at this critical time to become a ‘nimble UNHCR’.

We have three committed and able Trustees with plans to recruit 2 new ones. We need an experienced Chair to provide leadership and direction.

Before you apply

Causes
  • Campaigning
  • Human rights
  • International development
  • Poverty relief
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Training / employment support
  • We want a world where all refugees can lead a life with dignity. We put dignity first and offer refugees the opportunity to rebuild their lives