Reading, Reading
Voluntary, Up to 15 hours per month, varies
Job description

High-profile opportunity to become Chair of Berkshire Youth.

Are you our new Chair that supports, empowers and inspires young people?
Do you have skills and enthusiasm to cooperatively govern and bring our strategy into action?


About us:

We have been empowering and inspiring young people in Berkshire for over 80 years, helping with transition from childhood to young adulthood, supporting young people to reach their full potential and make a positive contribution to their communities. Berkshire Youth is the only organisation in the Royal County that continues work across the county to advocate the case for all young people.

Our longstanding Chair is retiring and we are looking for a future Chair who has the drive and commitment to inspire. You will take the lead in arguing the case for young people, ensuring that the resources to enable Berkshire Youth exist, to turn our mission into action.

You would be Chair-designate for approx. three months, then fully take on the Chair’s role. We have a diverse Board of trustees, currently eight, some recently-appointed, others more longstanding, including those with commercial and corporate backgrounds, some with long associations with youth movements, some newer to our mission.

We had a turnover of £670k in 2020, an increase on previous years, and we have substantial development plans, much needed to help young people: those most affected by the pandemic and its future consequences.


About the role:

We’re looking for someone to lead our Board, to work with other trustees and our Chief Executive to shape our future supporting young people.

This is a high-profile appointment, with strong commitment to the future of young people an essential quality, plus an understanding of the value of youth work.

 Similarly, a good grasp of the local political and funding environment is important, experience of committee or similar work, and a strong focus to cooperatively shape the stable and forward-looking Board also part of the qualities we are looking for.

We want to expand the diversity of our Board, in all aspects and we welcome potential trustees with ideas and expertise from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are a charity not a business, but we want you to help us apply good business principles in governing our organisation.

The full Board meets quarterly, with sub-committees (as needed) between, in central Reading; meetings are now face-to-face, although some of your voluntary duties can be carried-out online.

As Chair-designate, we ask for about 10 hours per month, rising to 15 hours per month once confirmed as Chair; this includes all meetings, correspondence, communication, etc. This is a voluntary role and reasonable travel expenses may be claimed.


What do you get as a volunteer Trustee with our organisation?

  • A chance to use your leadership and chairing skills, possibly in a different context
  • New skills and expansion of your experience of charities
  • An understanding of the importance of support for young people
  • An opportunity to volunteer alongside other committed trustees
  • The personal reward of giving back to the community
  • Boost to your career or CV, if needed
  • Induction, training, support from our organisation and from charity-support organisations


What do we get?

  • Your leadership skills coupled to your strategic vision
  • Your cooperative communication skills
  • Effective Board meetings leading to our charity’s further development
  • Enhancement to our overall governance and to our Board
  • Your participation in our collective decision-making, contributing to all areas of our charity work
  • Your enthusiasm


What do our beneficiaries get

  • The ability to continue our support to inspire and empower young  people
  • A well-governed charity, sustainable for the future
  • A forward-looking and agile organisation, with a well-informed Board


How to apply

This high-profile appointment is being managed for us by inVOLve Community Services, a charity-support organisation, who offer a no-obligation discussion by phone or video. A detailed Recruitment Pack can be made available to you upon request.

You will need to be eligible to be a charity Trustee, which we will explain. Trustee appointments are subject to satisfactory references to completion of an online Safeguarding course and a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check.

Your CV and supporting statement will be read by Berkshire Youth’s trustees and Chief Executive; an informal discussion followed by a more-formal interview can be offered as soon as mutually convenient.


I need to know more

Contact Mike Allen via CharityJob for more information and arrange to have a no-obligation initial informal discussion (phone, WhatsApp, Teams, Zoom, Meet, etc.) and explanation about this important role.

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Refreshed on: 04 December 2021
Closed date: 03 January 2022
Job ref: BYC01
Tags: Trustees, Governance