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Mountain Training
Directors meetings are held online. Attendance at 3 Council meetings PA is required.
Unsalaried, expenses paid.
Closing date
6 Apr 2024

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Charity and not for profit, Sport and recreation, Board trustees
Salary band
Part Time
Where will they be working
From home



Role Description


The Chair is pivotal to creating the conditions for overall board and individual director effectiveness, both inside and outside of meetings.  Specifically, it is the responsibility of the Chair to:




  • Provide leadership to the Board and, in conjunction with the Chief Executive, set its agenda. The agenda should take full account of the issues the organisation is currently managing and the concerns of all Board members.  Agendas should be forward looking and concentrate on strategic matters.



  • Ensure, in conjunction with the Chief Executive, that the members of the Board receive accurate, timely and clear information, in particular about the organisation’s performance, to enable the Board to take sound decisions, monitor effectively and provide advice to promote the success of the organisation;



  • Manage the Board to ensure that sufficient time is allowed for discussion of complex or contentious issues; where appropriate arranging for informal meetings beforehand to enable thorough preparation for the Board discussion.  It is particularly important that directors have sufficient time to consider critical issues and are not faced with unrealistic deadlines for decision-making;



  • Ensure effective communications with the Membership and ensure that the members of the Board develop an understanding of the views of the Membership;



  • Take the lead in succession planning and oversee the recruitment of new Directors, ensuring that Board composition meets the requirements of the Articles of Association and that an appropriate skills audit is undertaken to identify and fill skills gaps.



  • Take the lead in providing a properly constructed induction programme for new directors that is comprehensive, formal and tailored, facilitated by the Chief Executive.



  • Take the lead in identifying and meeting the development needs of individual directors, with the Chief Executive having a key role in facilitating provision.  It is the responsibility of the Chair to address the development needs of the Board as a whole with a view to enhancing its overall effectiveness as a team;



  • Take the lead in recruiting for the role of Chief Executive Officer and ensure that a proper induction takes place;



  • Facilitate change and address any areas of conflict within the Board and within the organisation, liaising with the Chief Executive to achieve this;



  • Ensure that the performance of individual Directors and of the Board as a whole and its committees is evaluated from time to time as appropriate.



  • Encourage active engagement by all the members of the Board.



An effective Chair:




  • Upholds the highest standards of integrity and probity; Sets the agenda, style and tone of Board discussions to promote effective decision-making and constructive debate; Promotes effective relationships and open communication, both inside and outside the boardroom, between directors and staff; Builds an effective and complementary Board, initiating change and planning succession in Board appointments, subject to Board and Members’ approval; Promotes the highest standards of governance and seeks compliance wherever possible; Ensures a clear structure for, and the effective running of, Board committees; Ensures effective implementation of Board decisions; Establishes a close relationship of trust with the Chief Executive, providing support and advice while respecting executive responsibility; Provides coherent leadership of the organisation, including representing the organisation and understanding the views of the Membership; Ensuring the organisation pursues its objects as defined in the Articles of Association; and Safeguards the good name and values of the organisation.





As the Chair of our six person Board you will lead the oversight of the management of the organisation and the implementation of MTUKI’s strategic objectives.


Skills and Experience

We’re looking for people with experience in one or more of the following:


  • A good knowledge of the adventure activities sector
  • Experience of a non-executive role




Understanding of governance of a not-for-profit voluntary sector organisation.


Understanding of sports governance.

Understanding of the adventure activity sector

Understanding of qualification awarding organisations.

Knowledge of Mountain Training qualifications.



Desirable Attributes

  • Seven principles of public life (Nolan’s): selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
  • Sports governance experience
  • Commitment to the organisation
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak your mind
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of directorship
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team



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