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Chair of Trustees

Chair of Trustees


The Race Equality Foundation is a leading national charity tackling racial inequality across public services (health & social care, housing, communities and more) to improve the lives of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. We believe that everyone should be provided with the opportunities to flourish.

We do this by exploring what we know about discrimination and disadvantage and developing interventions that will overcome barriers and promote equality. We disseminate good practice through training, conferences and written material and intervene in national debates and programmes - for example, our work with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.


Remuneration: The role of Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although travel expenses may be claimed.

Location: The Foundation's office is at Unit 17 Deane House Studios 27 Greenwood Place, London NW5 1LB.

Time commitment: Five Board meetings per year. Additionally, the Chair is also expected to have regular meetings with the Chief Executive and to represent the charity at various events and meetings with key stakeholders.

Reporting to Board of Trustees (Management committee)

Principal Responsibilities

Strategic leadership

  • Provide leadership to the charity and its Board, ensuring that the Charity has maximum impact for its beneficiaries

  • Ensure that Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the Charity

  • Ensure that the Board operates within its charitable objectives and provides a clear strategic direction for the Charity

  • Ensure that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfy itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities and manage and mitigate the risks

  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability


  • Ensure that the governance arrangements are working in the most effective way for the Charity

  • Develop the knowledge and capability of the Board of Trustees

  • Encourage positive change where appropriate and address and resolve any conflicts within the Board

  • Appraise the performance of the Trustees and the Board on an annual basis

  • Ensure that the Board of Trustees is regularly refreshed and incorporates the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead the charity effectively and which also reflects our mission

  • Work within any agreed policies adopted by the charity

External Relations

  • Act as an ambassador for the cause and the Foundation

  • Maintain close relationships with key members of Government and key influencers

  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation in the media and on campaigns when appropriate

  • Represent the charity at external functions, meetings and events

  • Facilitate change and address any potential conflict with external stakeholders

Efficiency and Effectiveness

  • Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision making process

  • Ensure that Trustees are fully engaged and that decisions are taken in the best, long-term interests of the Charity and that the Board takes collective ownership

  • Foster, maintain and ensure that constructive relationships exist with and between the Trustees

  • Work closely with the Chief Executive to give direction to Board policy-making and to ensure that meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of trustees

  • Monitor to ensure decisions taken at meetings are implemented.

Relationship with the Chief Executive

  • Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Chief Executive, ensuring s/he is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives

  • Support the Chief Executive, whilst respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles

  • Ensure regular contact with the Chief Executive and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationship within which each can speak openly about concerns and challenges

  • Liaise with the Chief Executive to maintain an overview of the Charity's affairs, providing support as necessary

  • Conduct an annual appraisal and remuneration review for the Chief Executive in consultation with other Trustees

  • Ensure that the Chief Executive has the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate external professional support


The charity's Chair (and board members) will serve a three-year term to be eligible for

reappointment for one additional term.

In addition to chairing the main management committee meetings, the Chair has the right to attend

the subcommittee(s).

Application process

Please apply by CV and accompanying letter detailing how you meet the person specification.

CLOSING DATE for receipt of applications: 5pm, Friday 12 November 2021.

Completed applications should be sent to