Board Trustees

  • Job Reference: 00000218-1
  • Date posted: 7 November 2019
  • Recruiter: CHICKS
  • Location: National
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/benefits: This is an unpaid, voluntary position (expenses paid)
  • Sector: Children & Young People
  • Job type: Trustee
  • Work hours: Full Time

Job description

CHICKS is a national children’s charity providing free respite breaks to children aged 8-17 from all over the UK who would really benefit from a break from their home lives. We were established in 1992 and since then we have provided over 16,000 children with a
much-needed break. We believe that every child has the right to make positive childhood memories. A CHICKS break inspires new confidence and gives children the chance to have fun, enjoy new experiences and relax. More than anything, it gives them the chance to just be children.

CHICKS has been through a period of change, building on the foundations of 27 years of excellence in the delivery of respite breaks for young people from across the UK. We are now focused on building a future that guarantees our support for thousands more young people in a manner that is relevant, sustainable and ensures we are equipped to handle the challenges in the years ahead. We have a new and exciting plan for the next few years, including a new brand launch in 2020. Our strategy combines our commitment to improve the quality and consistency of our support for young people, shaping a confident charity that builds upon its established values and resources, alongside real enthusiasm and confidence to grow for the future. We are facing challenging times, and the need for strong and supportive governance has never been more important. Working in close partnership with the Chief Executive, Senior Leadership Team, wider colleagues and the young people we support, we are now seeking new Trustees to join our Board to bring additional experience and complimentary skills to the governance of this incredible charity.

Our Trustees play a pivotal role in guiding the charity to operate at the highest professional standard, with the aim of helping as many young people as possible.  In 2018, we adopted the Charity Governance Code to support our continued commitment to improvement and effectiveness. The primary role of our Trustees is to work constructively with other board members and staff to support the good governance of the charity, ensuring that the purpose of the charity is fulfilled, and the charity is well managed and financially viable and working within the requirements of the law, regulation and its funders.  Overall responsibility for the charity lies with the Board of Trustees who delegate the day to day running to the CEO, Andrew Dean and his Senior Leadership Team.

We are seeking individuals who can bring their knowledge and energy to the Board, as well as embracing the CHICKS philosophy of having a huge amount of fun!

The Board of Trustees has a wide range of experience and skills, but following a recent skills audit and strategy day, it was determined that this recruitment will focus on adding new skills from the following priority areas:

• Young People / Children’s Services

• Finance, including Investments and cash management

• Digital marketing and innovation • Retail / Social Enterprise / Business

• Fundraising

• Legal / Compliance

• Lived experience in benefiting from services similar to those provided by CHICKS

There are currently seven Trustees and we are seeking to recruit a minimum of three new Board members. Our Trustees can be located anywhere in the UK, however we would particularly welcome interest from candidates that are well connected in London, as well as the Midlands and North to further support our work in Daleside Retreat, Derbyshire.

For a confidential conversation about the opportunity to join the Board of CHICKS, please contact either:

• Anna Jay at Public Leaders Appointments: or 07904 236348.

• Andrew Dean, Chief Executive at CHICKS: or 07808 771369.

• Steve Brearley, Chair of the Board at CHICKS: or 07507 600219.

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 13th December. In order to apply, please submit a CV supported by a covering letter of no more than 4 sides of A4 outlining your motivation for applying and highlighting how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the requirements of the role of Trustee, as set out in the brief. Applications should be sent to with reference CHICKS TRUSTEE.