Jobs at BelEve UK

Chair Of Trustee Vacancy


Chair Of Trustee Vacancy




3 year Term





Closing Date




Purpose of the Trustee Chair · To inspire the Board, Chief Executive and those within and outside of BelEve UK through the promotion of the organisation’s vision, mission and core principles

  • To instil the right governance, risk management and controls needed for responsible expansion of the charity towards achieving £1m+ in funding
  • To ensure that the charity is compliant with all legal, financial, reporting and other requirements
  • To work with the Board to create opportunities for growth and expansion – both financially and across the charity’s scope of work
  • To provide strategic leadership to BelEve UK in collaboration with the Chief Executive and the Board of Trustees
  • To oversee the development and delivery of the charitable aims through the strategic plan, as agreed by the Board
  • To advocate diversity and inclusion at all levels and uphold principles of gender equality and equity, proactively championing the rights of girls and young women
  • Ensuring that the Board makes clear decisions on strategy, policy, financial stewardship and risk exposure
  • Giving direction to policy and strategic decision-making


To Chair the Board in particular by:

  • Giving direction to policy and strategic decision-making
  • Ensuring that the Board makes clear decisions on strategy, policy, financial stewardship and risk exposure
  • Monitoring the implementation of the Board decisions
  • Planning the annual cycle of meetings with the Chief Executive
  • To monitor the performance of the Board, its members, and the Chief Executive
  • To develop the Board and to ensure that members are properly inducted and supported
  • To undertake the duties of a Board member
  • On behalf of the Board to supervise and appraise the Chief Executive and delegate to the Chief Executive the management of the organisation
  • To work directly with the Chief Executive to lead the strategic direction of the charity and oversee the implementation of the charity’s structural pillars
  • To dedicate sufficient time to the role of Chair as outlined in the Person Specification, ideally over a 3-year term and to commit to a three-month notice period on both sides
  • To represent the organisation when appropriate
  • Utilise personal network to connect Charity with new opportunities and individuals who would further the Charity’s causes

Role &


  • Substantial experience in leading and managing change within organisations and/or the charity sector, particularly focusing on growth/expansion
  • At least three years experience in charity leadership, either as CEO or board member, ideally with a related charity ·
  • Ability to chair effectively a diverse Board of Trustees in governing an organisation and demonstrating a commitment to the importance of diversity as part of good governance
  • Understanding of and ability to promote effective governance practices in the context of a registered charity
  • An understanding and awareness of the role of the youth sector and the challenges that girls and young women are facing, particularly those from disadvantaged communities
  • A commitment to the vision, mission and core principles of BelEve UK
  • An ability to relate to the girls and young women in the BelEve UK community
  • A good understanding of the social, economic and political context in which BelEve UK works and a willingness to further develop this understanding
  • A willingness to engage on behalf of the charity with a network of personal and professional contacts that would support fundraising, advocacy and influencing for the benefit of BelEve UK and the work we do for young people
  • Highly credible, a natural communicator and a ‘people person’. Able to inspire audiences (staff, supporters etc.) with clear and compelling messages about BelEve UK
  • Ability to communicate effectively both laterally across fellow board members, and hierarchically through the charity operations team and volunteers



  • The ability and willingness to represent the charity and to play an ambassadorial role with policymakers, supporters and others
  • The confidence and ability to provide support to Trustees and to evaluate the performance of the Board
  • Independence of thought and judgement with a willingness to push back where appropriate accept and enforce collective responsibility for decisions reached by the Board collegiately and democratically
  • A willingness to travel to represent BelEve UK
  • A commitment to the Trustees’ Code of Conduct
  • Time and enthusiasm to dedicate to the role of Chair, ideally over a 3-year term

The commitment to prepare for and attend

  • 4 full Board meetings each year including 3x 2-hour meetings and one half-day away day to map the strategic direction for the forthcoming year
  • Sub-committee meetings as appropriate
  • Monthly update meetings with CEO
  • To represent the organisation regularly
  • Spend time with the frontline delivery team to demonstrate commitment and get a true ‘feel’ for the charity’s work o Annual performance reviews for the CEO and Trustees
  • The ability to provide supervision and guidance to the Chief Executive Officer and to work collaboratively in developing and implementing the strategy and monitoring the performance of the team and organisation



How to


To apply to become the Chair of Trustee of BelEve UK please complete our application  

Please ensure that your CV and application fully address the requirements for the role you are applying for. Please let us know if you will require any special provision as a result of any disability should you be called for an interview.

Finally, please ensure that you inform us of any dates when you will not be available or might have difficulty with the indicative timetable.

It is anticipated that an offer will be made to the preferred candidate in May and that the successful candidate will start the role in June.


If you have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or would like to have an informal discussion, please contact

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