We Are Recruiting a Chair of Trustees


Location: London

Closing date: 17th January 2023 – 12:00 pm


Solace’s Board meets four times per year, at its offices in Islington, London and there are two away days. The overall time commitment for the Chair is expected to be around two to four days per month.

Contract type

The initial appointment is for a three-year term but can be extended for two further terms for a maximum of nine years

Interview date: To be confirmed late January depending on availability

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.

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.

Please see the pack for the person specification.

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

Please read the candidate pack below for more information

Apply here