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Role: Chair of Board of Trustees 

Unpaid. Reasonable Travel Expenses paid. 

 

 

Our vision is a more just and sustainable world – a world in which economic justice, human rights and environmental sustainability are core principles.  

About the Chair Search 

We are looking for a creative, strategic and experienced chair to join a growing and passionate team working to help Christians and others think about how the just use of money can further God’s Kingdom and help shape economic structures for a fairer, more sustainable world. 

This is an exciting time for ECCR. Our Executive Director, Sarah Edwards, has recently started with us and will build on a period of transformational growth over the last two years. During this time, strong foundations and an excellent staff team of four supporting the ED have been put in place, with two flourishing programmes creating real impact. The retirement of our current Chair, who has overseen the process of renewing our vision, means that we are seeking a new Chair to help the Executive Director, Staff and Board of Trustees to continue this trajectory. 

The successful candidate will play a key role as we expand our work and continue taking our message to the wider UK Church, supporting the  staff and organisation as a whole and helping to develop effective partnerships with others within and outside the Church as we continue on this journey of growth. We believe that, in the context of the climate emergency and the challenges facing churches as we emerge from the pandemic, this work is more important than ever.    

 

About ECCR 

Established in 1989, ECCR is a registered charity with a long history of engaging corporate responsibility from a Christian standpoint. Today, we work to empower churches, faith groups, organisations and individuals to bring about positive change through the financial choices they make and by campaigning for a fairer tax system. We want to see more people using their voices, and the finances over which they have stewardship, to hold both policy makers and corporations  accountable, to choose more ethical products, and to promote economic justice and environmental sustainability at every level. Since then we have made substantial progress in some areas but still have a long way to go.  

We work through the Churches, the historic denominations and ecumenical structures, and the newer churches and networks.   We partner with other organisations within and outside the Church which share our aims and values.   

Our two main strands are 

  • Education and Awareness-raising within the Churches 

  • Advocacy and Campaigning within and on behalf of the Churches 

We currently do this primarily through two programmes:  

  • Money Makes Change (MMC) 

  • Church Action for Tax Justice (CATJ) 

Money Makes Change (MMC) was launched in January 2020 and is a programme and set of resources to help individual Christians and Churches explore and make ethical choices around money. We want to open up conversations around how we spend, save, and invest, and inspire action to create a fairer world through our finances. While individually we may have little, we still have the power to make positive things happen with our money when we act together, choose an ethical bank and invest pension and savings in companies working to better our planet. 

Church Action for Tax Justice (CATJ) was launched 2 years ago. The purpose is to raise awareness in churches of the importance of tax justice, to campaign for a fairer, greener tax system and to encourage Christians and faith organisations to promote tax justice through their work. We focus on campaigning, advocacy and education and want to see a tax system that serves the common good,  seeks an end to tax dodging and seeks the implementation of tax policies which address poverty and inequality. CATJ is one strand of our plans for advocacy and campaigning and is a partnership model we wish to replicate on other issues. 

We have recently adopted new articles of association and are actively seeking to increase diversity and the range of skills at board level. 

Chair Role Requirements 

Key Responsibilities  

  1. To lead and inspire the board members and staff of ECCR as we continue to engage in our strategy of growth and develop a theory of change, ensuring that ECCR’s activities are in line with its stated objectives. 

  2. To lead the members of the board in holding the ECCR staff to account in the delivery of our charitable objectives 

  3. To lead the board in their role as a resource and a critical friend in all aspects of ECCR’s work 

  4. To chair the Board according to its articles of association. 

 

Duties and tasks to fulfil the key responsibilities 

 

  • To chair meetings of the ECCR board and Executive Committee (x4 per year, respectively)  

  • To provide oversight of the work of ECCR, working with staff, to ensure the charitable objectives of ECCR are upheld 

  • In partnership with the staff team and the rest of the Board to set the strategic framework for ECCR 

  • To help stretch the vision of what might be possible and challenge the whole team to achieve it. 

  • To advise in setting realistic and achievable targets for ECCR  

  • To lead the Board in acting as a critical friend as staff develop educational, worship and campaign materials.  

  • To provide support and advice to the staff team and in particular the Executive Director 

  • To assist in disseminating ECCR materials (both print and digital) to the various constituencies with which ECCR engages, and to encourage Board members to do the same 

  • To lead the Board in advising on potential sources of funding and in disseminating fundraising appeals as appropriate alongside the newly-appointed part-time Grant Writer 

  • To work with other Board members in holding the staff team to account for delivery against workplan and targets 

  • To lead the Board in ensuring ECCR’s impact is clearly documented and communicated to stakeholders and funders. 

  • To ensure that the Board adheres at all times to its articles of association 

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