The Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy is seeking a Chair to the Council (Board of Trustees). The Centre has been through a period of crisis and change, and has made significant strides towards a brighter and more sustainable future. It has a strong balance sheet and is settling into new premises in Watford following the sale of its building in East Finchley. A new permanent CEO is to be appointed in July 2019, following the charity’s appointment of its first CEO on an interim basis in January 2019. This role is likely to appeal to someone who is able to take the organisation forward on its path towards stability and success. Ideally, the candidate will be able to demonstrate a personal interest in cerebral palsy or other neurological conditions, as well as the ability to rise to a challenge.
- Provides leadership and direction to the Council, supporting the Council to fulfil its responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity.
- Ensures that the organisation operates within its objects as well as charity law and other relevant legislation/regulations.
- Supports and manages the CEO as a ‘critical friend’, helping them achieve the aims of the organisation; and to optimise the relationship between the Council and the staff.
- Facilitates discussions in the Council that results in well-rounded and carefully considered strategic decision-making.
- Oversees the development of strategic plans and ensures the Council undertakes regular review of the charity’s long-term strategic aims.
- Ensures that appropriate organisational policies are in place
- Ensures that goals and targets are clearly defined and evaluate performance against agreed targets.
- Approves the annual cycle of the Council meetings and meeting agendas, chairs and facilitates meetings, monitors decisions taken at meetings and ensures they are implemented.
- Leads and mentors other Council members to fulfil their responsibilities and enable access to training/coaching/information to enhance the overall contribution of the Council.
- Annually reviews the Council structure, role and staff relationships and ensures agreed changes/developments are carried out.
- Encourages team working among Council members and encourages them to identify and recruit new trustees as required.
- Creates a strong, profitable and fulfilling working relationship with Trustees and the CEO through review and self-reflective evaluation of contributions and effectiveness of the Council.
Regarding the CEO
- In participation with the Council, appoints the CEO and leads the process of appraising and constructively guiding their performance as well as supporting them in their role.
- Consults with the CEO on matters of strategy, governance, finance and HR.
- Monitors and oversees the CEO’s implementation of the Crisis Recovery Plan.
- Maintains careful oversight of any risk to reputation and/or financial standing of the organisation.
- Receives regular informal progress reports of the organisation’s work and financial performance through the CEO.
- Represents the organisation as a spokesperson at appropriate events, meetings or functions.
- Leads the Council in fostering relations with potential supporters and donors.
- Undertakes review of external complaints as defined by the organisation’s complaints procedure.
- Acts as final stage adjudicator for disciplinary and grievance procedures.
- Facilitates change and addresses conflict within the Council and within the organisation, and works with the CEO to achieve this.
- Ensures the charity complies with key policies throughout all Council decisions and discussions.
- Ensure open communication between the Council and staff.