Chair of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

At a glance


  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Strategic mentoring / coaching
  • General / operations management


Kingston upon Thames, KT2 6LQ
Mainly at the office


Mostly during office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Approximately 6 meetings per year


31 Dec 2022

Chair of Trustees for Kingston Bereavement Service

What will you be doing?

If you are someone who understands the work of the charity sector and has the skills, experience and time to make a real difference as a serious and committed Chair of Trustees, we would like to hear from you.

Kingston Bereavement Service (KBS) is looking for an experienced Charity Leader to Chair its Board of Trustees. Having provided front line support to our local community during Covid, we now face the challenge of its impact and the increasingly complex needs of our service users.  Can you help and lead the way? 

Whilst it is normal to grieve when someone close to us dies, some people can experience a devastating reaction with a profound effect on their lives. In recent times, Covid-19 has made the loss of a loved one more complicated often impacting on the ability for loved ones to say goodbye. Kingston Bereavement Service is a small charity based in Kingston upon Thames and we aspire to be a centre of excellence in the provision of bereavement services, by providing 1:1 counselling, group work, training and advice and also working in partnership with other agencies in order to support bereaved adults, children and young people and families.

KBS prides itself on high levels of professional standards, training and support for its staff and volunteers.                                                                                         

What are we looking for?

  • Experience and understanding of strategic leadership in the charity sector.    
  • Successful track record of leadership and collaborative working
  • Experience of charity governance and working with a board of trustees
  • Experience of external representation, delivering presentations and managing stakeholders
  • Significant experience of chairing meetings
  • A commitment to the organisation and its charitable objectives
  •  A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the organisation
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  •  An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of trusteeship
  • An ability to work effectively and proactively as a member of a team

What difference will you make?

What will you be doing?

  • Ensuring that KBS pursues its stated objects (purposes) as defined in the governing document, by developing and agreeing to a long-term strategy
  • Ensuring that KBS complies with its governing document, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensuring that KBS applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objectives
  • Ensuring that KBS defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of KBS
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of KBS, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Ensuring the financial stability of KBS
  • Protecting and managing the property of KBS and ensuring the proper investment of KBS funds
  • Following proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support and appraisal of the Manager

Before you apply

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to complete our application form.

  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Children / families
  • Counselling / advice
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender
  • Local / community
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Women
  • Young people
  • Organisation type: 

    To support children, young people and adults living, working or studying in Kingston, or registered with a Kingston GP, who have been bereaved of someone significant to them. Providing them with...