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Volunteer Chair of the Board of Trustees

Suffolk Family Carers


Posted over 30 days ago...

Suffolk Family Carers is seeking an exceptional candidate to be our new Chair of Trustees. This is an outstanding opportunity to oversee a dynamic and highly respected charity.


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Claydon, IP6 0AJ

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Expires at anytime

What will you be doing?

About us Suffolk Family Carers is an award winning organisation, recognised for innovation, leadership and partnership working and for being an excellent employer. For over 35 years Suffolk Family Carers has been helping family carers of all ages across Suffolk get the support they need to live fuller lives. We provide information, advice, guidance and advocacy to thousands of family carers each year. Our understanding of family carers’ needs enables us to campaign on issues that affect them, to ensure their voices are heard. We will keep driving change across society to enable family carers to have a life of their own alongside their caring role. We are now looking for an experienced and collaborative leader to take on the role of Chair of the Trustee Board. About the role The new Chair will be experienced, skilled and motivated and share our commitment to the individuals, communities and partners we work with. Your role will be to preside over the established Trustee Board and work closely in partnership with the Chief Executive to deliver our strategic aims. The Trustee Board consists of the Chair, Treasurer and 7 other members. Board members are responsible for overall governance of the organisation, including oversight of its strategic direction and financial management. Our existing Chair is stepping down in December 2024 which will allow a handover time with the new Chair.  In terms of time commitment, there are 5 board meetings per year, 2 development meetings and an AGM. Additionally the Chair will meet regularly, either in person or virtually, with the Chief Executive and other Trustees. This is an unpaid position but all reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. We welcome applications from all interested parties who feel they match well with the criteria in the person specification of the Chair role description. To apply please send a detailed expression of interest stating why you would like to be the Chair of Trustees at Suffolk Family Carers and include your relevant professional experience as well as any experience or knowledge you may have around family carers via the Reach platform or if you would like to know more, please message us via Reach. Closing date: 2nd June 2024

What are we looking for?

Understanding of and commitment to Suffolk Family Carers Understanding of the challenges, difficulties and contexts facing Family Carers. Excellent collaborative, facilitation and chairing skills Ability to deal with conflict constructively. Ability to provide leadership and take difficult decisions Willingness and interest in developing own knowledge and skills Ability to assess and evaluate own contribution, performance and areas for development. Ability to work effectively with others  Ability to stand back and see the bigger picture Analytical and strategic thinker Good relationship skills

What difference will you make?

This vital role is key within the organisation. Your leadership, commitment and passion will ensure we continue to provide and extend our range of support and services to our family carers. 


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