Person specification

NCVO is seeking a chair who can work effectively and collaboratively with the trustees, chief executive and senior leadership team to ensure NCVO achieves the biggest possible impact for its members and the wider sector. The chair will embody and project our values. These are being revised as part of our current strategic review. They are currently: to use evidence; to be creative and collaborative; to be inclusive and to work with integrity.

We are looking for someone who will bring all or most of the following:

  • Excellent collaborative and facilitation skills, with the ability to bring people together to build consensus
  • Excellent chairing skills to lead and manage the board effectively
  • Clear commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, valuing differences to make better decisions and deliver better outcomes
  • Moral courage, personal resilience and to be comfortable with challenge
  • Able to build and lead high-performing, diverse teams through an inclusive and empowering leadership style
  • Ability to lead with openness, honesty, integrity and transparency
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully leading and embedding structural and cultural change in a manner which has inspired, motivated and engaged stakeholders
  • A commitment to NCVO’s mission and a knowledge of and empathy with the role of the voluntary sector and volunteering
  • Willingness and ability to meet the minimum time-commitment
  • Willing and available to work with the CEO, via monthly supervision and ad hoc, confidential conversations between formal meetings
  • Experience of working successfully with non-executive boards and an understanding of the role of the chair in effective charity governance.

Minimum time commitment

 We estimate a minimum time commitment of 25 days a year. This includes the following:

  • Preparation and attendance at four board meetings a year. Three board meetings are held at our office in London, during office hours. A fourth, longer board meeting includes the board’s annual away day and is allotted to strategic planning. This is a residential event and includes an overnight stay.
  • Preparation and attendance at two nomination committee meetings a year (90 minutes in March and September, normally on the same day as the board and at our London office)
  • Preparation and attendance at two HR and Remuneration Committee meetings a year (2 hours in June and November at our London office)
  • Chairing the annual general meeting (90 minutes, in November at our London office)
  • Preparation and attendance at five CAF board meetings a year
  • Monthly meetings with the chief executive
  • Ad hoc meetings and conversations with the chief executive and other members of staff as required
  • Attendance at various NCVO events such as Members’ Assemblies, the Annual Conference or roundtable meetings on specific topics as required.

The chair will receive a full induction and should expect to allocate time to this on appointment.