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Lead a charity dedicated to transforming young lives as the Chair of ThinkForward and steer us into an exciting future.


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ThinkForward is a dynamic charity committed to changing the lives of young people by equipping them with the skills they need for the workforce. As we approach an exciting new chapter, we're seeking an experienced Chair to guide our strategic direction and enhance our impact.

  • Provide leadership and support to the Chief Executive and oversee the charity's operations.
  • Engage in key functions, including the nominations committee and disciplinary panels.
  • Represent the charity at events, meetings, and act as a spokesperson, especially with funders.
  • Strategic and facilitative leadership experience.
  • Knowledge of governance and civil society.
  • Proficient in strategy development, inclusive leadership, and networking.

To apply, submit your CV and a covering letter through Society's website by midday GMT on Monday, 13 May 2024.

ThinkForward is a charity that empowers young people facing challenges to gain the confidence, independence, and skills they need to be ready for the world of work. We are looking for an experienced and passionate Chair to help lead us through the next stage of our strategy. Our three personalised coaching programmes work with young people at a key stage in their lives, enabling them to gain the confidence, independence, and skills they need to make a successful transition from school into employment.

The role of the Chair is to liaise with the Chief Executive to keep an overview of the organisation’s affairs and to provide appropriate support. They will lead the process of supporting and appraising the performance of the Chief Executive. They will sit on appropriate bodies including our nominations committee and, where necessary, disciplinary panels. The Chief Executive is the external face of the organisation and, along with their executive and senior team, has a strong sector presence. We are looking for a Chair who is keen to represent the charity at functions and meetings, and act as a spokesperson as needed, particularly with funders.

The successful candidate will be a strategic and facilitative leader, able to activate contribution from the Board in support of our programmes, impact, and partnerships. They will bring understanding of both governance and civil society, and skills in strategy development, inclusive leadership, and networking. We are developing our next strategic plan in 2024 to prepare for its commencement in September 2025. This plan is key to our future development, and we need our Chair to work closely with the Chief Executive and their team to develop, help guide and lead the organisation in this process.

Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter, and these can be uploaded via Society’s website. The deadline for receipt of applications is midday GMT on Monday, 13 May 2024.


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