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Chair of Trustees

Posted 21 February by The Big Give Ended
YoungDementia UK is the first and now globally recognised charity that strives to support and improve the lives of people affected by young onset dementia across the UK. It has a clear strategic agenda which builds on its service strength in Oxfordshire and leadership of the first national network of people affected by young onset and professionals working in the field.

They are seeking a new Chair to steer the charity to its next exciting stage in its strategy. An award-winning charity, YoungDementia UK, is the only national charity in the United Kingdom dedicated to supporting people living with young onset dementia (under 65 years) and their partners and families. Informed by people living with the condition, they have provided high quality face to face individual, group and family support in Oxfordshire and borders since 1998.

In response to the inadequate support for people with young onset dementia in most areas of the UK, they are developing a programme of national initiatives. These new activities will enable them to reach out to every person living with young onset dementia in the UK. This includes the launch of a collaborative Young Dementia Network providing opportunity for members to share their experience and to learn from each other. Through the Network they aim to influence and inform national and local policies, seek to establish high standards of support and contribute to the development and improvement of young onset services in the UK.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the charity at a pivotal moment of national development and growth. The Chair of Trustees will provide strategic leadership to the Board and the Management Group to enable a range of national projects to be piloted, developed and evaluated to fulfil YoungDementia UK’s intention to offer support, information and connection to people with young onset dementia across the UK.

Main Responsibilities
Provide leadership to the Board and direction regarding strategy, policy-making, decision making, risk-taking and governance

Plan the annual cycle of board meetings, which take place six times a year, including setting agendas and chairing and facilitating meetings and where appropriate, be an active member of the charity’s working groups Work with the Board and Management Group to define goals, targets and evaluate performance against agreed targets

Liaise regularly with the Treasurer to keep informed on the charity’s finances and to ensure full and timely financial transparency and information to the Board

Liaise regularly with the Director to keep an overview of YoungDementia UK’s operations and to maintain a mutually beneficial supportive relationship

Represent YoungDementia UK at events and meetings, and act as a spokesperson and ambassador, as appropriate, externally

Lead the Board in fostering relationships with potential supporters and funders

Annually review the Board structure, role, each trustee and staff relationships

Facilitate change and resolve conflict within the Board and within YoungDementia UK, liaising with the Director to achieve this

Appoint Director, as required, and conduct an annual appraisal with Director

Sit on appropriate appointment, capability and disciplinary panels

Liaise with the Vice Chair who deputizes when the Chair is not available and undertakes assignments at the request of the Chair  

Person Specification for Chair of Trustees
A commitment to the objects, aims and values of YoungDementia UK Leadership skills particularly a proven track record of leading an organization through the process of change and growth

Strategic vision and experience in designing and implementing change management processes

An ability to think creatively in the context of the charity and the external environment

Experience and understanding of the importance of evaluation, review and analysis, and of understanding and communicating the charity’s impact Experience of chairing meetings, committee and team work Experience and understanding of charity fundraising and finances

Tact, diplomacy, candid, fair, impartial - exercise good judgement and respect confidences

Good communication and interpersonal skills and willingness to speak publicly about the charity’s work

Willing and able to devote the necessary time and effort

Understanding and implementing Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership and an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

In most circumstances it would be desirable for the Chair to have knowledge of the type of work undertaken by YoungDementia UK and a wider involvement with the voluntary sector and other networks.

Induction – a tailored induction programme will be offered.

Work Style – For the most effective use of charitable resources, the YoungDementia UK team work on the cloud, by skype and email utilising MS365 suite of IT facilities and trustees are expected to work with this method; trustees are requested to respond in a reasonable time (within a week usually) to e-communications and to participate in e-decision making as part of their trustee role.  Training and support can be given.

Required skills

  • Fundraising
  • Management

Reference: 34528799

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