4 months ago
Where: Surrey (KT21) and/or mainly at home
Travel limit: Ideally candidates should live or work in London or South East alternatively be prepared to attend meetings in person (at least one pa)
Remuneration: The Chair of Trustees position is not remunerated but reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with Charity Commission guidelines.
Time: Either in or out of office hours.
Estimate of time needed: Approximately 6 hours / month with occasional additional work with Trustees in-between meetings
Deadline for applying: 24th April 2020
Head2Head Sensory Theatre is seeking a Chair of Trustees to lead our trustee board during a particularly exciting transition period. The organisation is undergoing growth and needs a strong strategic chair to lead it into the next phase of development. Whatever your background we would love to add to the diversity of our thinking so please do get in touch!
About Head2Head Sensory Theatre
Our charity is dedicated to the Special Needs' Community. We are passionate about making theatre accessible to all and understand that families who have a child with a disability face many barriers. We raise awareness, share knowledge and develop new ways to make this happen. We include opportunities for self-development and learning by offering work experience to students transitioning from education.
We provide immersive and interactive multi-sensory shows for special schools and the local community throughout London and the South East reaching over 3000 children with disabilities and over 2000 family members / carers each year. Our activities provide layers of entertainment, both verbal and sensory, so that users, their neurotypical siblings and other family members, are fully engaged.
What will you be doing?
You will contribute well-informed views and discuss these whilst inviting input from the whole board at regular meetings over Skype / Zoom. You will act as the channel of communication between staff and board. You will support and work closely with the CEO, challenging when appropriate, in ensuring all members are meeting aims and objectives set out for the charity's success. You will be an ambassador, championing and developing Head2Head Sensory Theatre in always reaching children in need and achieving its highest potential.
What are we looking for?
We wish to recruit a Chair of Trustees who is passionate about our charity's work. We are proud of the progress we have made in the past 14 years and are excited about the charity's future. Our current chair is retiring and we are seeking a dynamic and versatile individual to lead our board into transition. You will have knowledge of strategy and be an excellent communicator. We would expect management skills at senior level as well as experience and success in continually improving board governance and developing board performance. You will also have an understanding of the Special Needs' Community. Specifically, you will need to be:
- A people's person and a natural leader
- A good mediator with high levels of inter-personal skills including tact, diplomacy, enabling contributions from all, and ensuring decisions are made for the overall success of the charity
- Able to focus on the charity's aims and objectives
- Ensure that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity
- Support and, where appropriate, challenge the CEO in order to achieve the agreed objectives
- Available to chair debates via Skype / Zoom (we suggest an average of 6 hours a month with one face-to-face meeting pa)
What difference will you make?
We are diversifying our board and you will have a vital role in leading the trustees in achieving objectives and optimising all relationships including workforce, service users and board members. You will be an ambassador for the charity during a critical period of transition and your people skills will be invaluable to its success. You will have a key role in ensuring we are able to grow sustainably, develop and reach the children who are in need of our support and inclusion.
What's in it for you?
You would be part of an innovative and forward-thinking charity, focussed on reaching children who are part of those harder to reach families. Head2Head Sensory Theatre Charity is developing fast and you will play a key and vital part in its progress.
Before you apply
Please ensure that you are familiar with the responsibilities of a Charity Trustee as summarised at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/charity-trustee-whats-involved
Also please visit our Head2Head Theatre profile page and website before applying to get a flavour for the Charity and its work: http://www.head2headtheatre.co.uk
Please express your interest in the Head2Head Sensory Theatre Chair of Trustees position by submitting your CV and covering letter in which you should indicate:
- Your interest in special needs' referring to any relevant experience
- Any experience you have in governance in a charity
- Your goals and what you hope to contribute as a Chair of Trustees for Head2Head Sensory Theatre
Enquiries and applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org