This is an opportunity for a dynamic, energetic and public-spirited senior professional to bring proven commercial experience and people management skills to a vibrant charity.  The role is wide-ranging with responsibility for leadership, strategic direction and governance as well as provision of practical support and guidance for the CEO.

The Role

This is a multifaceted role with responsibility for strategic direction and governance of the organisation, overseeing Board meetings and acting as an important sounding board for the CEO. The board of 10 trustees, meets formally in Chandlers Ford approximately four times a year and all trustees contribute according to their own skills and experience. The Trust is currently facing a financially challenging period and the Chairman will play a key part in guiding the organisation through this and into the next phase of expansion and transition. The role requires a commitment of around two days per month to include the formal board meetings, consultations with the CEO and key stakeholders, dealing with sensitive people management issues, attendance at events and visits to Trust locations.

Main duties are to:

  • Chair meetings of the Board, ensuring that it functions effectively and carries out its duties.

  • Ensure that the Trustees consider and approve strategic, budget and policy objectives.

  • Ensure, together with the Treasurer, that all financial dealings are prudently and systematically accounted for, audited and publicly available to meet the relevant regulatory requirements.

  • Ensure that the Board monitors progress on the implementation of agreed objectives.

  • Ensure that the Board reviews major risks and associated opportunities and that systems and process are in place to manage and mitigate the risks and to capitalise on opportunities.

  • Recruit Trustees in consultation with the CEO and with the approval of the Board.

  • Ensure that the Board periodically reviews its structure, role, delegated authorities, and performance.

  • Address any conflict of interest or duty among Trustees.

  • Ensure the election of Officers and the establishment by the Board of sub-committees and working groups as necessary and appropriate.

  • Support, monitor and review the work of the CEO. Meet regularly to discuss strategic issues and act as a sounding board on operational issues. Undertake performance reviews and determine remuneration levels

  • Advise on sensitive people management issues as required

  • Promote the organisation to a wider audience of potential donors and beneficiaries.

  • Serve as a spokesperson for the charity at public events as appropriate, including at fundraising events.

The Person

We are looking for a dynamic and energetic senior manager with broad-based professional or commercial experience and a record of success, leadership and achievement. This may have been gained in the public, private or not for profit sectors but will have involved responsibility for strategic planning, achievement of financial goals and extensive people management. Previous experience of chairing meetings and an understanding of governance related issues is important as is the management of change and growth. In addition, the ability to work with the CEO and to maintain the appropriate balance and partnership between management and governance is essential. In many ways, the Trust is like an SME business and previous experience in this type of organisation could be very valuable. Good communications skills are important in view of the need to represent Wessex Cancer Trust and its work to current and potential supporters, and to develop relationships with high profile individuals, corporate partners and major donors. Given that this is a voluntary unpaid role, apart from some expenses, we are looking for a public-spirited individual who will have an interest in and commitment to the aims of the Trust along with a willingness to commit the time required to provide the leadership needed. Previous experience as a Trustee of a charity or similar organisation would be very useful.

To apply please contact Brian Kemp - briankemp@execnet.co.uk