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Do you have what it takes to be SJMT's next Chair of Trustees?

Following on from the unfortunate resignation of our Chair due to personal circumstances, we are now looking for a key person to fill this important role.

Being a trustee can be rewarding and enjoyable and is a great way to be involved in a community or a cause that matters to you. People become trustees for a wide range of reasons including giving back to the local community, having personal experience of some of the issues the Trust seeks to address, or wanting to enhance employment prospects.. Whatever the reason, we support our trustees in their goals and it is important to us is that we find the right people, with the abilities and experiences we need as the charity moves forward. Being the Chair of SJMT will put you at the centre of the organisation, helping us to make a difference to hundreds of people every year.

The Chairperson has a strategic role to play in representing the vision and purpose of the organisation and this is an extremely exciting time to join the Trust having been through an exciting period of transformation and growth over the last five years which has lead to an increase in services, the size and reputation of the organisation. This year we launched our new 5-year Strategy which will see us further improve and expand the work we do.

Key responsibilities of the role include:

  • To provide leadership to the board and to ensure that trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the charity

  • Support, and where appropriate, to challenge the Chief Executive

  • Ensure that the Board as a whole works in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team.

The personal qualities we are looking for:

  • Can demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to the charity, its strategic objectives and cause

  • Shares the values of the Trust

  • Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences

  • Ability to ensure decisions are taken and followed-up

  • Good time-keeping

  • Tact and diplomacy

  • A creative thinker

  • Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the charity

  • Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment

Experience / Knowledge required:

  • Must have been a Trustee for another charity and ideally in the capacity of Chair or Vice Chair

  • Experiencing of chairing meetings

  • Demonstrable experience of strategy design and development

  • Currently working in a leadership role, ideally at an Executive or Non-Executive level

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Understanding of the roles/responsibilities of a Board of Trustees

  • Knowledge of the operating environment for charities in England.

If you think you could be out next Chairperson and could spare proximately 8-10 hours per month. read more about the role by downloading the recruitment pack here. which includes more information about the Trust, the role of Chair at SJMT and how to apply.

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