Chair of Trustees


The role of Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed


Greater Manchester

Time commitment:     

6 Board meetings per year. The Chair is also expected to have regular meetings with the Chief Executive, and also represent the Charity at various events and meetings with key stakeholders.

Reporting to:

Board of Trustees

Closing date:

Monday 2nd March 2020

Email applications to:


The Chair will hold the Board and Executive Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive of the charity to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive.


Role Responsibilities

Strategic leadership

  • Provide leadership to the charity and its Board, ensuring that the Charity has maximum impact for its beneficiaries
  • Ensure that Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the Charity
  • Ensure that the Board operates within its charitable objectives, and provides a clear strategic direction for the Charity
  • Provide leadership that furthers and reinforces the values of ‘belief in people’, ‘dignity for all’ and ‘opportunity’ throughout the organisation
  • Ensure the charity maintains a central focus on the issues of poverty and, wherever possible, an appreciation and close understanding of the impact of these on individuals and communities
  • Ensure that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfy itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities, and manage and mitigate the risks
  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability


  • Ensure that the governance arrangements are working in the most effective way for the Charity
  • Develop the knowledge and capability of the Board of Trustees
  • Ensure the Mustard Tree values of ‘belief in people’, ‘dignity for all’ and ‘opportunity’ are strongly held and modelled within the working of the board
  • Encourage positive change as well as address and resolve any conflicts within the Board
  • Appraise the performance of the Trustees and the Board on an annual basis
  • Ensure that the Board of Trustees is regularly refreshed and incorporates the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead the charity effectively, and which also reflects the wider population
  • Work within any agreed policies adopted by the charity

External Relations

  • Act as an ambassador for the cause and the charity
  • Maintain close relationships with key members of the local councils, business leaders and other key influencers
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate
  • Represent the charity at external functions, meetings and events
  • Facilitate change and address any potential conflict with external stakeholders

Efficiency and effectiveness

  • Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision making process
  • Ensure that Trustees are fully engaged and that decisions are taken in the best, long-term   interests of the Charity and that the Board takes collective ownership
  • Foster, maintain and ensure that constructive relationships exist with and between the Trustees
  • Work closely with the Chief Executive to give direction to Board policy-making and to ensure that meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of trustees
  • Monitor that decisions taken at meetings are implemented.

Relationship with the Chief Executive and the wider management team

  • Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Chief Executive, ensuring s/he is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives
  • Support the Chief Executive, whilst respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles
  • Ensure regular contact with the Chief Executive and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationship within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges
  • Liaise with the Chief Executive to maintain an overview of the Charity’s affairs, providing support as necessary
  • Conduct an annual appraisal and remuneration review for the Chief Executive in consultation with other Trustees
  • Ensure that the Chief Executive has the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate external professional support

Additional information

The Vice-Chair acts for the Chair when the Chair is not available and undertakes assignments at the request of the Chair.

The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Chair will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.

Person Specification

In addition to the qualities required of a Trustee of the charity, the Chair must also meet the following requirements:-

Personal Qualities

  • Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to the charity, its strategic objectives, values and cause
  • Combine confidence with kindness and therefore able to model and support the culture of kindness, compassion and respect throughout the organisation
  • Non-judgemental, particularly around issues of poverty and disadvantaged communities
  • Exhibit strong inter-personal and relationship building abilities and be comfortable in an ambassadorial role
  • Ability to commit time to conduct the role well, including travel and attending events out of office hours


  • Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation
  • Successful track record of achievement through their career
  • Experience of charity governance and working with or as part of a Board of Trustees
  • Experience of external representation, delivering presentations and managing stakeholders
  • Significant experience of chairing meetings and events

Knowledge and skills

  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the Charity sector and current issues affecting it
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together
  • Naturally inclined toward collaborative working and possessing the skills required to operate in this manner
  • Financial management expertise and a broad understanding of charity finance issues
  • Good understanding of charity governance issues
  • Tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and engage effectively
  • Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the charity
  • Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment


The charity’s Chair (and board members) will serve a four-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term.

In addition to chairing the main Board meetings, the Chair has the right to attend the two sub-committees (operations and appointments).

If you would like to discuss the role in person or visit the Mustard Tree, please contact the CEO –


We are inviting applications by CV and covering letter, emailed to with a closing date of Monday 2nd March 2020.


Interviews will be held during the week commencing 23rd March 2020.

Click here to download the job specification as a Word document.

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