“I volunteer with another organisation, and I have to say the support at Home-Start is superior! It’s a lovely place to volunteer with. I feel appreciated and that everyone is involved with the organisation for the right reasons.”
Role description for Chairperson
The following are additional to the role, responsibilities and duties of a trustee.
To lead the trustee board, ensuring that it fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of the scheme and to optimise the relationship between the trustees, the staff and volunteers.
- leading the trustee board in its role of setting the direction and strategy of the scheme
- ensuring that the trustee board employs its resources to comply with all legal requirements and acts in furtherance of the objects of the scheme at all times
- planning the annual cycle of trustee and sub-committee meetings
- setting the agenda for trustees’ meetings
- monitoring the implementation of decisions taken at meetings
- ensuring compliance with the Home-Start Agreement and Quality Assurance system.
- chairing and facilitating meetings of the trustees and sub-committees as appropriate
- liaising regularly with the senior member of staff to maintain an overview of the scheme’s affairs and activities and to provide support and guidance as appropriate
- representing the scheme when appropriate at functions and meetings
- acting as a spokesperson when appropriate
- leading the process of appraising the senior worker
- sitting on appointment panels for staff
- bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision making
- sitting on disciplinary panels as appropriate
- facilitating change and addressing conflict within the board of trustees and within the scheme.
Person specification for Chairperson:
- Commitment to Home-Start.
- Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.
- Strategic vision.
- Good, independent judgement.
- Ability to think creatively.
- Willingness to speak their mind.
- Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
- Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
- Understanding of the importance of Nolan’s seven principles of public life; selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
- Leadership skills.
- Experience of committee work.
- Tact and diplomacy.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills.
- Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences.