Location: Bettws, Bridgend
Job Type: Part-time approx. 4hr per month
Salary: £0.00 /year - Voluntary
Valley and Vale was established during the miners’ strike in South Wales in the early 1980’s. At that time the organisation was offering creative activities as a way of helping people in the Garw Valley document their lives during a period of hardship and great change. These local interactions evolved into working with national and international communities using Community Arts as a vehicle for exploration and change for individuals and groups. Our aim has always been to offer safe environments in which individuals and groups are empowered to use creative person centred approaches to deliver process-focused arts activities.
Valley and Vale is committed to providing access to a range of creative activities and interventions that will enable a diverse range of people to develop skills, confidence and self-esteem. We believe that by equipping individuals with the courage and self-assurance, which can be nurtured by creative self-expression, individuals and communities can be strengthened and enriched.
Valley and Vale community Arts is an Arts Portfolio Wales organisation, and works closely with the Arts Council of Wales as well as other funders and partners which include NHS Trusts, Sony and Bridgend County Borough Council.
The role of the Chair is to provide strategic leadership and direction to the Charity through the board of trustees and Chief Executive. The successful person will be pivotal to the future of the Charity and will provide expert guidance across strategy, governance, finance and HR to help facilitate further growth.
The Chair will lead regular board meetings to review the Charity’s operations and guide the organisation in decision making on important issues that will propel Valley and Vale and their work forward. The Chair can be called upon between meetings plus to meet with ACW, meet with the CE and organise Extraordinary meetings when necessary.
As the Chair of the organisation, you will also look to develop relationships outside of the Charity and promote the Charity’s work where ever possible.
A strategic leader who has a passion for the sector and the work that the Charity does. This, alongside the willingness to give up spare time to give back to a hugely worthwhile cause.
Chair Job Description
The role of the Chair is to provide leadership and direction to the board of Trustees. The Chair’s aim is to enable the board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation.
The Chair will ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations and to make sure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
The Chair's role is also to work in partnership with the chief executive and support the employees, helping them achieve the aims of the organisation; and to optimise the relationship between the board of Trustees and the staff.
In addition to the general responsibilities of a Trustee, the Chair has a number of tasks specific to their role.
- Main Responsibilities of the Chair
- Providing leadership for the board of trustees in their role of setting the strategy and policy of the organisation.
- Chairing and facilitating the board meetings.
- Maintain a clear grasp of the charity’s financial position and to ensure full and timely financial transparency and information disclosure to the Board.
- Representing the organisation at appropriate events, meetings or functions.
- Acting as a spokesperson for the organisation where appropriate.
- Lead the Board in fostering relations with potential clients and potential funders/donors.
- Consult with chief executive on matters of strategy, governance, finance and HR.
- Oversee the chief executives activities in the context of the implementation of Board’s strategy and policies.
- Maintain careful oversight of any risk to reputation and/or financial standing of the organisation.
- Receive regular informal progress reports of the organisation’s work and financial performance through the chief executive.
- Reviewing and appraising the performance of the chief executive.
- Attending and being a member of other committees or working groups when appropriate in role as Chair
2. Qualities of a Chair
- Commitment to the organisation and its values.
- Leadership ability.
- Integrity and strategic vision
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as Chair and trustee.
- Ability to take decisions for the good of the organisation.
- Good, independent judgement.
- Good communication skills.
- Tact and diplomacy.
- Willingness to speak one’s mind and listen to the views of others.
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
- Understanding of the legal responsibilities and liabilities of a trustee.
- Prior experience of committee/trustee work.
- Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation.
- A wider involvement with the community arts sector.
3. Time Commitment
- The Board meets four times a year, usually in Bettws, Bridgend.
- It is important that the Chair is able to visit the charity office and be available to the chief executive on a regular basis.
- From time to time, the Chair should be available to attend and represent the charity at events, meetings or functions in the day and evening times.
NB: This position is not remunerated but reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred fulfilling the duties of the role are reimbursed.
If you would like to apply for the role please send your C.V. and a brief covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 25th October 2019
To chat informally about the role please email Lisa@valleyandvale.org and we will arrange an informal conversation with a trustee or our CEO.