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Chair of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

Vision

To impact profoundly on the well-being of the urban and rural poor in the developing world by providing greater access to solar powered lanterns in tandem with contributing to a relative reduction in fossil fuel emissions.

Mission

To ensure the rural and urban poor in the developing world are provided with solar powered lanterns.

Summary

Founded in November 2020, Solar Power Aid is seeking a Chair to inaugurate our board of Trustees. This is a voluntary role which provides the opportunity for the Chair to set the organisation on a solid footing and drive it forward in order to enable it deepen its impact and fulfill its vision.

The Chair will guide Solar Power Aid in its determination to expand its reach to provide solar powered lanterns to the rural and urban poor in the developing world in order to aid a greater number of beneficiaries who would otherwise depend on unhealthy, expensive and polluting fossil fuel powered options for lighting.

Position: Chair of Trustees

Direct report:The Chair will report to Solar Power Aid's board

Background: A general background in strategy, governance, finance, operations would be useful.

Role

  • To provide leadership and direction to Solar Power Aid's board of Trustees and enable the board fulfill its responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation.
  • To ensure that Solar Power Aid pursues its objectives in adherence with the provisions set out in its constitution while remaining in strict compliance with all relevant legislation/regulations.
  • To work in tandem with other members of the board, CEO, staff and volunteers in order to enable the organisation optimise its relationship with stakeholders.
  • To facilitate the board of trustees in stimulating excellent, well-rounded and carefully considered strategic decision-making.


Qualities of a Chair

Essential

  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship.
  • Commitment to the organisation's vision, and willingness to devote time to carry out all responsibilities.
  • Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the charity's aims and objectives.
  • Good, independent judgment, political/religious impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to respect the confidences of colleagues.
  • Balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise.


Desirable

  • Prior experience of committee/trustee work.
  • Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation.
  • A wider involvement with the voluntary sector.
  • Experience of chairing meetings, committee work, some experience of UK charity governance, finance, fundraising requirements.
  • Leadership skills exercised through a period of change.
     

Why volunteer for Solar Power Aid

  • Derive an immeasurable sense of achievement and satisfaction by contributing to meaningful change in the lives of beneficiaries through the organisations interventions
  • Deepen existing skills and/or develop new competencies
  • Expand professional and personal networks


Time commitment and location

  • The board meets at least six times a year.
  • Board meetings are held online/remotely. If face-to-face meetings are required they will be held in London.
  • Term of office, 3 years
  • You will be required to have capacity to attend to the organisation's business in and out of office hours and be able to spend an average of 7 hours per week doing so.
  • It is important that the chair is available to the board, CEO/senior paid staff members on a regular basis. In this regard contact by electronic means/telephone will be necessary
  • Attendance at awards meetings or fundraising events is optional.


Application process

The application process consists of submitting your CV and provision of two references via the following email address: admin@solarpoweraid.co.uk