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Main responsibilities:

In addition to the general responsibilities of a trustee, duties of the chair include the following.

  • Providing leadership to the organisation and the board by ensuring that everyone remains focused
  • on the delivery of the organisation’s charitable purposes in order to provide greater public benefit
  • Chairing and facilitating board meetings
  • Giving direction to board policy-making
  • Checking that decisions taken at meetings are implemented
  • Representing the organisation at functions and meetings, and acting as a spokesperson as appropriate
  • Bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision-making
  • With the chief executive:
    • Planning the annual cycle of board meetings and other general meetings where required, for example annual general meeting
    • Setting agendas for board and other general meetings
    • Developing the board of trustees including induction, training, appraisal and succession planning
    • Addressing conflict within the board and within the organisation, and liaising with the chief executive (if staff are employed) to achieve this
  • Liaising with the chief executive to keep an overview of the organisation’s affairs and to providesupport as appropriate
  • Leading the process of supporting and appraising the performance of the chief executive
  • Sitting on appointment and disciplinary panels where required
  • The vice-chair acts for the chair when the chair is not available and undertakes assignments at the request of the chair


In addition to the person specification for a Trustee, the Chair should have the following qualities.

  • Commitment to accommodation Concern’s objects, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities
  • Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects and aims
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship and adhering to Nolan’s seven principles of public life.
  • Strategic leadership skills
  • Experience of working with committees/Volunteers
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
  • An understanding of the challenges facing UK small/medium sized charities in maximising income streams and donor cultivation


  • To have knowledge and/or experience of the national and local landscape around poverty, homelessness and/or debt.
  • Experience of involvement/partnership working with the voluntary

Think you could be the right person for the role? Why not download our trustee recruitment candidate pack for more information.

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