Chair of the Charity Governance Code Steering Group

  • Job Reference: 00000515-1
  • Date posted: 17 November 2021
  • Recruiter: Green Park Executive Search and Interim Management
  • Location: England and Wales
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Other
  • Job type: Trustee
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Work hours: Part Time

Job description

Good governance is fundamental to any charity’s success. While it enables and supports charity sector compliance with the law and regulation, it should also promote a culture in which the various components of a charity are able to come together to fulfil its values, purpose, and vision. As a sector, we owe it to those we serve, our partners, our audiences, our stakeholders, and our supporters to demonstrate exemplary leadership and governance, and it is our purpose at the Charity Governance Code to help charities and their Trustees achieve this.


Our current Chair Rosie Chapman has skilfully led the steering group in revising the code across two iterations. This has resulted in a significantly enhanced Code with strong sector wide support. Rosie finishes her second, three year term as Chair early in 2022. She will be available to support with a smooth handover and transition.


We are now looking for a new Chair to provide leadership and strategic development of the Charity Governance Code as we prepare for the Code’s next publication in 2023/24. With knowledge of what good – and bad – charity governance looks like, independence, rigour, and challenge will be invaluable attributes, as will a demonstrable track record of inclusive leadership. Our Chair is the figurehead for the Code, and we are looking for someone to develop effective relationships with other organisations active in the field of governance, such as infrastructure bodies and regulators. Similarly, public advocacy will be important, which may take the form of public speaking opportunities, producing original media articles, attending networking events or otherwise.


As you can expect, our Chair will need to be a credible advocate for the Code. Perhaps your experience may come from having been a Trustee or Board Member, or from a professional role in supporting governance. We are not expecting someone with all the answers, but a good understanding of the challenges and issues faced by charity sector Boards is important. Moreover, we especially value curiosity, an analytical mind, independence and challenge, and an aptitude for facilitating discussing, navigating relationships, and building networks. In return, we hope to offer a varied, impactful, intellectually stimulating and highly rewarding opportunity to spearhead real and progressive change, to be a crucial part of the fundamental questions – and answers – in the charity sector in England and Wales.


We want to hear from a diverse range of applicants and are firmly committed to an inclusive working environment and recruitment process. Whether you have experience in all the areas outlined in this pack or experience in some but a demonstrable learning commitment to those others, we hope that you will consider an application, and very much look forward to hearing from you.

Please find a link to the recruitment pack here.

For more information or an informal chat about this position, please contact Harry Marven, our recruitment advisor at Green Park.


How to apply

Please mention that you saw this position advertised on ACEVO Jobs.

To formally apply for this position, we would like you to provide an up-to-date CV along with a statement outlining your suitability for this role and why you are motivated to join the Charity Governance Code at this time. In particular, we are interested to hear about your experience, knowledge and/or views on the following key areas:

  • Effective and inclusive governance practices
  • Network building
  • The role the Charity Governance Code plays / can play in the charity sector
  • Key challenges the third sector and the Code face relating to governance

Please click the 'Apply for this job now' button to submit your application. 

Closing date: 11:59pm Wednesday 1st December 2021