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Chair - Autism West Midlands

Reach Volunteering
West Midlands
Closing date
3 Jul 2024

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Charity and not for profit
Salary band
Contract type
Long term role
Part Time
Where will they be working
Hybrid - mostly home

Job Details

Autism West Midlands is the leading charity in the West Midlands for autistic people. We are seeking a new Chair to join our Board.

What will you be doing?

The role of the Chair is to provide strong leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees to enable the Board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation. As the Chair you will ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or statutory regulations. You will work in partnership with the Chief Executive to achieve the aims of the organisation; and to optimise the relationship between the Board of Trustees and the staff team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Board Planning & Organisation
  • Governance and Compliance
  • Engagement

For further details, please request a copy of the candidate pack.

Time Commitment

  • The Board meets at least four times a year at the organisation’s premises at head office in Birmingham
  • Attend three committee meetings a year Attend planning meetings
  • Facilitate one to ones with the CEO Attend fundraising and engagement events throughout the year in Birmingham

What are we looking for?

We are seeking a dynamic individual with the following qualifications and attributes: 

  • A strong record of strategic and operational leadership 
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills demonstrating tact and diplomacy 
  • The ability to work collaboratively with the Board and the Executive team 
  • A commitment to the Charity and its aims and objectives and the trustee commitment guidance
  • Demonstrate integrity, strategic vision and sound, independent judgement 
  • Understanding of key issues relating to people living with care and support needs of autistic people and other disabilities 
  • Access to key figures and networks in the statutory, voluntary and commercial sectors 
  • Full understanding of the responsibilities of a non-executive Trustee’s role in a charity and appropriate governance structures
  • An awareness of trends in the social care and charity sectors, particularly in the context of current economic austerity measures 

What difference will you make?

A note from the CEO of AWM, Tom Harrison:

As a Chair Person, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our organisation and the lives of those we serve. Your expertise, passion, and fresh perspective will be invaluable assets as we navigate challenges, seize opportunities, and continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals with autism and their families. 

I want to assure you that your commitment to our cause will be met with unwavering support and appreciation from myself and our dedicated team. Together, we will work tirelessly to advance our mission, raise awareness, and foster a more inclusive and understanding society. 

I invite you to embark on this journey with us - a journey filled with hope, compassion, and boundless possibilities. Together, we can create a brighter, more inclusive future for individuals with autism and their families.

Before you apply

The TrusteeWorks Team at Reach Volunteering are supporting AWM with their Trustee recruitment. Applications should be made via TrusteeWorks in the first instance. 

To apply please send your CV/LinkedIn profile along with a supporting statement explaining why you are interested in the role, the skills and experience you will bring to the Board and what you would hope to get out of the role. 


Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK. We are the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Connecting people, skills and good causes is our mission and our passion. 

What we do

We help charities and other non-profits find the skills they need to thrive. Every year hundreds of charities recruit volunteers through our service. These volunteers share their skills as trustees, advisors or mentors, carrying out short term projects or ongoing operational roles.  

Our goal is to create a step change in the quality, range and scale of skills-based volunteering and trusteeship in the UK. We are proud of our growing impact.

Why we do it

Charities can boost their capacity, increase their effectiveness and innovate / find new ways of doing things when volunteers donate their professional skills. Trustees play a crucial role in leading charities and overseeing their work. When the trustee board of a charity has a good mix of skills and professional experience, it can govern more effectively.

By supporting charities to recruit volunteers and trustees with valuable skills, we help charities increase their capacity and strengthen their governance.

How we do it

Our online community inspires people to use their skills for social good. We help organisations to make the most of those skills, to think through their needs and to attract the right person. We believe that communication is important in recruiting trustees and volunteers, so our service encourages dialogue between organisations and individuals. Our service is free to volunteers and to most charities.

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