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Chair of Trustees

17 April, 2019 to 31 May, 2019
Contact Details: 
If you would like to apply for this role then please submit your CV and a covering letter stating (i) why you wish to become Chair of Trustees, (ii) what skills and experience you will bring to the board and (iii) any other relevant information, to jean.pullen@eikon.org.uk

Job Title:  Chair of Trustees
Hours and Role: Can be up to one day per week during the busiest times (i.e. term times, spring and autumn).  Five evening Board meetings, 2-3 further Board committee meetings, an Board awayday, regular teleconferences, meetings and/or phone calls with the Chief Executive, liaison with individual Trustees and senior staff on specific issues and attending / speaking at occasional events, giving talks etc.
Location:  Eikon HQ in West Byfleet, Surrey

Eikon is Surrey’s largest youth services charity with an annual income of almost £2m and has been working in the local community for almost two decades, providing preventative and long-term support to some of the county’s most vulnerable young people and their families. Through establishing inspirational relationships between the young person and their adult professional, our vision is to develop happy, thriving and resilient young adults who contribute positively to society. This year Eikon has 45 employees (15 full time equivalents and c. 70 volunteers) and will have a direct and indirect impact on approx. 30,000 young people.

Eikon’s ambition is to stand out through the impact we have on the young people we support and to be recognised as a leading expert in the field. We want to grow our services so that more young people have access to high quality support when and wherever they need it. We are committed to continuous improvement in all that we do. All our programmes are based on three simple and essential principles: Being Preventative, Being

Eikon has strategic partnerships with Surrey County Council, NHS Trusts, schools and other charities, and works directly with young people, training teachers and supporting parents. Eikon has buses in community hotspots across Surrey, sports projects in many Surrey boroughs and runs 11 youth clubs.

Eikon has recently launched a new 5-year strategy, which builds on it many strengths and outlines its aims for the future. At the heart of this strategy is a deeply held commitment to support the alarming numbers of young people who are living in damaging, often tragic circumstances. The two strategic aims are (i) Thriving and resilient young people, and (ii) Improved environments (family, community, social care and education) for young people.

Eikon is now seeking to recruit a new Chair of Trustees, the current Chair having been in the position for the past 5 years. The Chair has five principal responsibilities:
• Strategic Leadership - Providing leadership to the Charity and its Board, ensuring the Charity has maximum impact for its beneficiaries, operates within its charitable purposes, has a clear strategic direction, robust fundraising strategy and regularly reviews major risks.

  • • Governance - Ensure that the Charity’s governance arrangements work in the most effective way and within all agreed Policies, and that the Board of Trustees process is robust and refreshed, as appropriate.
  • • External Relations - Act as an ambassador and spokesperson for the cause and the Charity, and represent the Charity at external functions, meetings and events.
  • • Efficiency and Effectiveness - Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision-making process whilst ensuring that decisions are taken in the best, long-term interests of the Charity.
  • • Relationship with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Establish and build a strong, effective and supportive working relationship with the CEO, ensuring that he/she is held to account for achieving agreed Strategic and Business Plan objectives, appraised annually and given the opportunity for professional development.

The successful candidate will have:
• Personal Qualities - Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to the Charity, exhibit strong inter-personal and relationship building abilities, be comfortable in an ambassadorial role, demonstrate tact and diplomacy with the ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment and an ability to be a ‘thought leader’, articulate and discuss related ‘bigger picture’ concepts.
• Experience - Significant experience of (i) operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organization, (ii) charity governance, chairing meetings/events and working with or as part of a Board of Trustees, (iii) external representation and working with external stakeholders, and (iv) preferably working with young people.
• Knowledge and Skills - Broad knowledge and understanding of the Civil Society sector and the public sector (eg local government and/or NHS), strong leadership skills with the ability to motivate and bring people together, financial management expertise and a good understanding of charity governance issues.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Friday 31st May 2019

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