Chair of Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services

  • Job Reference: trusteerecruitment21
  • Date posted: 29 March 2021
  • Recruiter: Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services
  • Location: LCVS
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Umbrella, Support & Volunteering
  • Job type: Trustee
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Work hours: Part Time

Job description

For over a century, Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services has been working to improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities in Liverpool through supporting and encouraging charitable giving and voluntary action and by bringing people, organisations and resources together.

We provide support, advice, training, networking and representation for the Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector (VCFS) across the Liverpool City Region and we help donors distribute over £4m every year to charitable organisations, both here in the UK and across the world, but with a focus on Liverpool.

The organisation is at an exciting time in its development with a new CEO, a clear strategy and new challenges ahead. The Board is seeking to appoint enthusiastic, innovative and vocal individuals who will support our future journey.  There are a number of Trustee vacancies, one of which will also replace our outgoing Chair in December 2021. 

Overall purpose

To lead the board in governing LCVS in line with its mission and charitable objectives.

Main tasks

  1. Relationship with board and Chief Executive 
    • To ensure that the board regularly reviews its structure, role and relationship with staff, identifying skills gaps and implementing changes as necessary
    • To define and keep under review selection and performance criteria for board trustees
    • With the Chief Executive to ensure that trustees receive appropriate advice, information and training
    • In partnership with the Chief Executive to ensure that LCVS pursues its mission and that all activities are within the provisions of the governing document
    • With the Chief Executive to co-ordinate the activities of the board and staff in defining goals and evaluating performance
    • To relate concerns of the board to the Chief Executive
    • To be an ultimate recourse in the event of staff complaints
    • To lead the appointment of the Chief Executive, to ensure that they are suitably supported and to oversee his / her annual appraisal 

      2, Board meeting activities

    • With the Chief Executive, to plan agenda and timing of Board meetings
      • To scrutinize board papers and lead discussions
      • To chair Board meetings focusing on key issues and new initiatives
      • To co-ordinate decision making within the board and to ensure impartiality in reaching those decisions (including conducting votes in necessary and use a casting (second) vote if necessary)
      • In co-operation with the board and Chief Executive, to lead the development of strategy documents which embody LCVS’s objectives with targets over a 3-5 year timescale.
      • To preside over the AGM and to ensure a proper representation of LCVS to its members
      • To monitor implementation of Board decisions
      • Encourage participation in meetings
      • Be alert to any conflicts of interest
      • Keep the committee focused on the business and decisions to be made
      • Keep order at meetings and make sure they start and finish on time
      • Make sure dates are set for future meetings

      3. Financial responsibilities

        • To ensure LCVS’s financial stability and viability.
        • In co-operation with the Treasurer, to ensure proper investment of the charity’s funds

        4. Leadership and Influencing

        • To represent the organisation at meetings and events
        • To act as spokesperson/ figurehead of the organization
        • To network with key stakeholders within the City and wider LCR to promote LCVS and its social impact
        • With the Chief Executive to promote LCVS and ensure it maintains its values and good name.

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