We are recruiting: Chair of the Board of Trustees

Solace is seeking a new Chair to lead its Board of Trustees to fulfil their responsibilities for the strategic direction and overall governance of the organisation.

What will you be doing?

The Chair role is vital to continuing the progress of our organisational and board development, the delivery of our new strategy, and progress of our equity, diversity and inclusion strategy. There is a lot to do and this role offers the chance to have a significant impact.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who values the equality of women, is passionate about their wellbeing and the challenges they face in violent and abusive environments. An interest in Solace’s work and approach are essential as well as an ambitious outlook for Solace’s future.

She will be well respected and have active networks in the public or private sectors and will be able to bring these to their support of Solace’s work. The individual will have a proven track record of setting, agreeing and attending to an organisation’s strategy and supporting organisational culture change. They are an experienced leader, able to develop and ensure the Board works effectively, and will bring financial literacy and business acumen. It is essential that the Chair has prior trustee experience; although experience of being a Chair or a strong base of governance knowledge would be a significant advantage.

The Chair will be politically astute; and act as a representative, spokesperson, and will help to create and identify business opportunities for Solace.

Most importantly, the Chair will have time to give to the role to ensure the effective management of the Chief Executive and attendance at all the key meetings, as well as a strong commitment and motivation to keep our remarkable organisation moving forwards as we launch our new strategy.

Solace values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from women of all backgrounds. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and open to women only (exempt under the Equality Act 2010).

Please see the pack for the person specification.

What difference will you make?

This is an exciting opportunity to help drive the success of a growing and successful organisation that makes a profound and positive impact on the lives of women who have suffered from violence and abuse.

Before you apply

The Reach Volunteering TrusteeWorks team are supporting Solace Women’s Aid with their Board recruitment. To apply, please submit your CV along with a covering letter. Applications should be marked for the attention of Kirsty Telford, Interim Chair, Solace Women’s Aid.

Your cover letter should include the following:

  • Why you are interested in the role and Solace Women’s Aid
  • How your skills and experience fit the person specification
  • Any other relevant experience that you feel is relevant

If you would like to have an informal conversation ahead of submitting your application please contact [email protected]

Candidate pack

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