Manchester, Greater Manchester (Hybrid)
Unpaid role
Voluntary, Volunteer role, c20-25 hours per month
Actively Interviewing
Job description

The Creative Living Centre ('CLC') is a forward-thinking mental health charity based in Prestwich, Greater Manchester making a big difference to its members/service users.  We are now recruiting a Chair for the Board of Trustees.    

The Chair provides leadership and direction to the CLC's Board of Trustees to allow the Board to fulfil its responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, as well as oversight and scrutiny of the CLC's operations.   

Key responsibilities

Specific responsibilities include giving strategic direction to the Board, planning and preparing Board meetings and the AGM, chairing Board meetings, ensuring adequate support, supervision for, and appraisal of the Chief Officer, acting as a spokesperson for the charity, leading the appointment and induction of new Trustees,  appraisals of existing Trustees, sitting on committees and working with wider the Bury and Manchester mental health funding and support networks as needed.

Skills and experience required for the role

The Chair must have proven senior management experience, which can have been gained in a commercial or not-for-profit/charity environment.  The succesful candidate will have strong leadership skills and will have previous experience of managing a team.   Additionationally, you'll be comfortable understanding budgets and financial reports/accounts. 

Prior experience or understanding of the legal responsibilities of a Trustee and the needs of mental health service users is helpful for this role but not absolutely essential.  You will be able to demonstrate a commitment to the CLC and its vision, mission and values.

We're keen to hear from you even if you don't fit all of the criteria for the role. 


The Board of Trustees meets bi-monthly, however it is important that the Chair is visible externally and within the CLC.  The Chair will be a main communicator between staff and the Board, and it is expected you will visit the CLC premises from time to time.  The Chair will also spend time with the Chief Officer on a regular basis, for 1-2-1s and performance appraisals, etc.  Attendance at other meetings and regular contact via email is also necessary.

The time commitment for the Chair is typically the equivalent of about 2 days per month but can occasionally be greater at times of significant or urgent activities for the CLC.    Please note, this role is not paid.   As this role is a position of significant control, appointment is also subject to satisfactory references and background checks.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit your CV together with a covering letter which outlines the reasons for your application.

More about Creative Living Centre

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Posted on: 03 June 2022
Closing date: 01 September 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: CHAIR1
Tags: Senior Management, Trustees

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