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Consortium of LGBT Voluntary and Community Organisations
Voluntary role. Reasonable expenses can be claimed
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Voluntary role. Reasonable expenses can be claimed
Job description

Apply now to be Chair of Trustees at Consortium

We are at a critical time in the development of the LGBT+ voluntary and community sector. With the difficulties of the current climate come exciting opportunities to make a significant difference.

We are looking for a Chair of Trustees to lead Consortium in the next stage of our journey. The current Chair is coming to the end of her final term with Consortium after two terms of significant development in the organisation’s strategy, governance practices, reach and influence. We are now looking for a new Chair who will continue to support and make a positive impact on the LGBT+ third sector in the UK. This is a crucial time for the organisation as the current strategic plan expires at the end of 2020.

Chairing Consortium offers a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth within an exciting and dynamic charity at the heart of the LGBT+ third sector in the UK. We host the largest network of LGBT+ groups, projects and organisations in the UK. We are looking for a Chair who is passionate about our ambition for a resilient, diverse and thriving LGBT+ third sector; and who believes that we are stronger when we work together. If this could be you, we would love to hear from you.

About Consortium

We are a national specialist infrastructure and membership organisation. We work to strengthen and support 370+ LGBT+ groups, organisations and projects across the UK so they can deliver direct services and campaign for individual rights. Our work and continuing ambition is to strengthen the sector across our four core areas:

  • Membership & Engagement: supporting our members so that they can deliver vital support and services.
  • Collaboration & Networks: connecting the sector and leading it in innovative and sustainable ways of working.
  • Voice & Communication: consulting with and listening to our members and making sure their voices are amplified.
  • Grant giving: securing funding to provide grants to LGBT+ third sector organisations and projects across the UK.

Please read the Chair Recruitment Pack for more information

Who we are looking for

We are recruiting a new Chair who will help create, support and drive forward our strategic vision over the coming years. You will bring curiosity, positivity, energy and a collaborative spirit to the role. Most of all, you will share our ambition for a flourishing and diverse LGBT+ third sector.
As Chair:

  • You will play a key role in ensuring that Consortium’s strategic vision is translated effectively into action by the senior leadership team.
  • You will form a strong constructive relationship with the CEO and facilitate the existing skills of fellow trustees.
  • In addition to this, the new Chair plays an ambassadorial role, championing our mission and upholding our values.
  • You will provide leadership for the board of trustees in their role of setting the strategy and leading the process of appraising the performance of the board of trustees.
  • You are responsible for:
    • planning the annual cycle of board meetings;
    • setting agendas for board meetings;
    • chairing board meetings and the AGM;
    • monitoring that decisions taken at meetings are implemented; and
    • liaising with the employees to keep an overview of the organisation’s affairs and providing support as appropriate.

If you meet all or most of the following, we would love to hear from you. If you have not been a Chair before and would like to apply, please do not be deterred. We offer a range of support including an induction, ongoing training opportunities and there is potential for a ‘buddying’ system with a Chair of Trustees at another organisation. The Board is a friendly and approachable group of people. As well as maintaining our gender balance, we are particularly interested in encouraging people of colour, BAME, bi, trans and non-binary people to apply as well as people with lived experience of disability.


Please read the Chair Recruitment Pack for more information and find out how to apply. However, if you would prefer to have a chat about the opportunity first, do get in touch. The closing date for applications is 29 June 2020. Interviews will take place digitally during the week commencing 20 July 2020.

Consortium actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion. We match the needs of the organisation with the skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or transition, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

Additional documents
Chair Recruitment Pack (.pdf)
Equality Monitoring Form (.docx)
Skills Audit Form (.docx)
Trustee Eligibility Form (.docx)
More about Consortium of LGBT Voluntary and Community Organisations
Consortium of LGBT Voluntary and Community Organisations

LGBT+ communities are stronger when they are working in collaboration. Consortium is the UK’s national umbrella body for lesbian, gay, bi... Read more

Posted on: 28 May 2020
Closing date: 29 June 2020
Tags: Senior Management,Business Development

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