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Chair of Board and Trustees including Finance & HR Specialists

Peridot Partners
Northwest Leeds
Reasonable expenses paid
Closing date
11 May 2024

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Help us reduce loneliness and increase happiness in older people in Northwest Leeds.

Time commitment: Chair – Up to 3 days per month | Trustees – 1-2 days per month

Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 13th May

Who we are.

Set up in 1994 by local people, BEA/OWLS is a community-based charity with a community interest company called UpBEAt, which runs Bramley Community Shop. In 2011, we set up Older Wiser Local Seniors (OWLS) to provide the Neighbourhood Network Service in Headingley, Burley, Hyde Park and parts of Kirkstall. We currently have around 1,500 members.

With a small staff team and 200 volunteers, we work with a range of partner organisations, both voluntary and statutory, to improve health, increase happiness, and reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people.

At a strategic level, we seek to influence local and city-wide policy development as active members of the community and Leeds’ third sector. We share good practices whilst at the same time learning from others.

Our strategic aims are to:

  • Increase membership of the charity and the happiness of our members.
  • Be more effective and efficient.
  • Further engage our members, volunteers and staff, and ensure that we remain sustainable as an organisation.

About the roles.

The Chair of the Board will manage Board meetings, support the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board of Trustees is well-inducted, managed and developed to be effective and efficient in its governance responsibilities.

Committee Chairs will bring their HR and Finance experience to strengthen the technical capability of our committees. As well as Chairing the Committee Meetings, Committee Chairs will lead the strategic development of key finance and people issues.

Other people who want to be Trustees, regardless of background, will help to maintain oversight of the financial health and sustainability of the organisation and ensure that our resources are managed in a way that achieves the charity’s objectives.

Who we are looking for.

First and foremost, we are looking for local people committed to helping older people live happy lives in our community. A willingness to invest the time and effort in delivering for local older people is important to us.

Specifically, we are looking for a Chair of the Board who is ambitious for the organisation, is comfortable building a good local profile and can develop influential relationships with partners and other stakeholders. The Chair will run the Board meetings, support and constructively challenge the Chief Executive and continue to drive Board Member engagement and effectiveness.

We are looking for Committee Chairs with specialist backgrounds in finance and HR to lead the Money Committee and People Committee.

We are open to the other backgrounds of people who wish to put themselves forward as Trustees.

All Trustees need to think strategically, challenge constructively and listen to others to ensure that we are inclusive and all voices are heard.

Please click 'Apply on website’ to be redirected to the Peridot Partners website, where you can find full details of the candidate profile and register your interest to apply.

Applications for this role close at 9 a.m. Monday 13th May.

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