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The Friends of White Hall Centre is a new charity set up to support White Hall outdoor education centre. White Hall Centre, owned and operated by Derbyshire County Council, is one of the country's leading Outdoor Education Centres. Situated near Buxton in a stunning location in the beautiful Peak District National Park, White Hall has given thousands of children unforgettable learning experiences since it opened seventy years ago in 1951 as Britain's first Local Education Authority Outdoor Centre.

To ensure the centre can continue for at least the next seventy years the Friends of White Hall will raise awareness and funds to support the centre's aim to offer every child in Derbyshire the skills they need to enjoy outdoor pursuits and feel safe and confident in our countryside.

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The Chair's Role

We are looking for a Chair of the Board of Trustees with a keen interest in the development of young people. This is a unique opportunity to shape the development and growth of the Friends of White Hall. We are a small charity so this is also a chance for someone who has not yet been a chair to gain experience, with the support of the Board.

As well as chairing at least 3 Board meetings per year plus the AGM the Chair will need to provide leadership to recruit supporters and organise them to raise awareness of the Friends and the Centre and start fundraising. The estimated time commitment is a minimum of a day a month but may be more at first to put new processes in place and organise fundraising. The Charity is independent of the running of the Centre and Derbyshire County Council.

What difference will you make?

As Chair, you will have the opportunity to influence Derbyshire young people's lives to enable them to grow and develop, through their experience of outdoor education, both now and in the future. So, trustees are essential to enable us to achieve our goals. To make this happen, the Chair's vision and leadership are critical.

What's in it for the volunteer?

You'll have the opportunity to make a positive difference to the development of young people through outdoor education in Derbyshire. At the same time this is a chance to develop skills and experience, grow your network and learn from a diverse group of volunteers and professional staff.

What we are looking for in the volunteer

Personal qualities

  • Passion and commitment to the positive development of young people and the vision, mission and strategic objectives of Friends of White Hall
  • Strong interpersonal skills and network/relationship building capabilities
  • Tact and diplomacy - ability to listen and engage effectively
  • Ability to chair meetings effectively and to time, and promote a collaborative team environment

Desirable Experience

  • Experience of leading and organising, in a professional or voluntary environment
  • Experience of external representation, such as delivering presentations
  • Experience of leading or chairing meetings
  • Experience of charity or other professional governance and/or working with a Board would be an advantage

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to motivate volunteers and trustees
  • Financial management knowledge, and either knowledge of or a commitment to develop a broad understanding of charity finance issues
  • Knowledge of, or a commitment to develop a good understanding of, charity governance issues.
  • Broad knowledge of the voluntary sector would be an advantage

Applications and time scales

Please contact Dan Riley at White Hall Centre on 01298 23260 or 07971 364 176 to discuss the role informally.

Once you have discussed the role please send a CV and cover letter to highlighting how your relevant experience and skills meet our needs.

The deadline for applications is Monday 30th of September 2021. Your application will be reviewed by a panel of at least 2 trustees and a White Hall Centre staff member.

Interviews will take place the week beginning 15th of October with a view to starting the role in November.