|Job Title||Chair of the Board|
|Job Published||28 Jul 2017|
Chair of the Board, Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium.
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is a leading hands-on science and discovery centre dedicated to sparking curiosity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It attracts more than 172,000 visitors per year from across the South of England and is home to the UK's largest capacity planetarium.
Since opening its doors at the existing site in 2002, Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium's visitor numbers have grown by over 100%; and there are plans for further growth.
The Board is responsible for the financial viability of Winchester Science Centre (WSC), agreeing the budget and the risk register and monitoring performance against them. The Board is also responsible for ensuring that WSC has a well-developed strategy, with clear goals that are in line with the objectives detailed in the Articles. The Chair is responsible for leading the governance of WSC and ensuring that the Board conducts its business effectively. The Chair is also responsible for ensuring that the Board provides strong, thoughtful and supportive challenge to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and to other senior post-holders, who are members of the Senior Management Team.
The Chair is the senior representative of WSC at external events; championing its values, mission and its strategy to a wide range of stakeholders, locally and nationally. In addition, the Chair should develop a strong profile internally, demonstrating an understanding of and commitment to the values of WSC, supporting staff and volunteers as necessary.
The initial appointment will be for three years, with the possibility of up to two further three-year terms, subject to approval by the Board.
The position of Chair is unremunerated. The time commitment may vary according to circumstances but subject to a minimum of 2 to 3 days per month which may include occasional evening and weekend commitments.
Key Skills and Qualities
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Laura Hobin on 01962 891 900.
Please submit a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications must be received by midnight on 18 August 2017. Short-listed candidates will be invited to Winchester Science Centre's annual staff and trustee away day on 5 September, with interviews taking place soon after.
Winchester Science Centre is committed to equality and diversity and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background or circumstances.
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