London, Greater London
Job description


Kaleidoscope Trust is a small but prominent charity, working skilfully and vigorously for the human rights of LGBT+ people internationally. We are looking to recruit a new Chair of the Board with experience and expertise in leading together with the Executive Director of an exciting and innovative charity. Experience of chairing and a sound understanding of principles of good governance is sought as well as a passion for both domestic and international LGBT+ rights.



Founded in 2011, Kaleidoscope Trust works to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people in countries around the world where they are discriminated against or marginalised due to their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. We work with British and international institutions and partners to fund and support the work of LGBT+ activists to bring about positive legislative, policy and social change for LGBT+ people everywhere.

Kaleidoscope Trust, supported by the Australian and British Governments, is the secretariat and organiser of The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN). TCEN is formally accredited to the Commonwealth and has over 50 members from leading LGBT+ organisations, campaigning for LGBT+ rights in more than 40 Commonwealth countries. Building on achievements at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) in Malta (2015) and London (2018), Kaleidoscope Trust, with its TCEN partners, was - up until the COVID-19 outbreak - developing and implementing a strategic action plan for CHOGM 2020 in Rwanda. With the meeting likely to be postponed to 2021, we now focus our efforts on developing a programme of work that TCEN can deliver to support the lives of LGBT+ organisations and individuals in a post COVID-19 era.


The role:

Kaleidoscope Trust is seeking to recruit a new Chair for the Board in anticipation of the retirement of the current Chair in March 2021 after over four years at the helm. This is a unique opportunity for you to join us at a time of change. Since the emergence of the COVID- 19 pandemic, we face new pressures on income and the need to drive down costs and increase and diversify our funding streams.

The Chair of the Board is responsible for ensuring that the Board is effective in setting and implementing the strategic direction of the organisation and can act as a leading ambassador for Kaleidoscope Trust.


Key responsibilities:

  • Set dates for Board meetings and draft agendas with the support of the Executive Officer;
  • Chairing all meetings of the Board, wherever possible;
  • Ensuring that the Charity continues to operate effectively within its remit as outlined by the memorandum and articles of association;
  • Establishing a constructive working relationship with the Executive Director, based on mutual trust and support and recognising their role and responsibilities;
  • Taking the lead in appraising the performance of the Executive Director;
  • Ensuring that Kaleidoscope Trust agrees a plan, its priorities and targets for the future development of the Charity.

The Board numbers 12 people, the role is unpaid and is for a term of three years, renewable for a further three. Board meetings take place either in Central London or via Zoom every three months and we have a strategic away-day once a year. There is plenty of scope for greater involvement than this minimum, through involvement with our Audit and Risk Committee and Fundraising and Communications Committee.

If you have the requisite ambition, commitment and proven ability to lead Kaleidoscope Trust’s Board to successfully deliver its strategic plan into its tenth year and beyond, we would like to hear from you.


Qualities and skills that we need:

Leadership experience at a director’s level is essential as you will be expected to support and appraise the Executive Director and ensure that the Charity is effectively working towards its strategic goals.

There is no standard model for the kind of person we are looking for, although backgrounds and experience of particular relevance will be:

  • An involvement in fundraising.
  • Knowledge of development issues.
  • Experience of working in countries where LGBT+ rights are challenged or denied.
  • Experience working within a public affairs, human rights or a civil service role.

We are looking for a Chair who will contribute their creativity, enthusiasm, expertise and time to supporting the dedicated but small executive team with ideas, brainstorming and helping us to open doors and to widen the Charity’s support base.


We are particularly interested in speaking to innovative and entrepreneurial individuals who may have any of the following expertise:


  • Developing organisational strategies.
  • Experience of diverse fundraising practices (corporate and philanthropic giving, as well as trusts and foundations would be valuable).
  • An understanding of the challenges facing small UK charities in maximising income. streams and donor cultivation in challenging times.
  • An understanding of the UK charity sector and good governance practice, knowledge of the Charity Commission, relevant legislations and statutory requirements.

Kaleidoscope Trust is committed to equality and diversity and we particularly encourage applications from women, all sections of the LGBT+ community and Black and minority ethnic communities.


Please note:

  • To allow adequate handover time from the current Chair, we expect the successful candidate to join as a Board member from October, with a view to handover in March 2021.
  • All Board members at Kaleidoscope Trust serve in a voluntary capacity.
  • Reasonable expenses will be paid.
  • Commitment will include evening meetings over Zoom during the pandemic, or in Central London once deemed safe to do so.
  • Secretarial and administrative assistance will be provided to the Chair by the charity’s Executive Officer.

Closing date: 31 July 2020 23:29 BST

Interviews: via Zoom on week commencing 10th August

Start date: 15th October (the date of our next Board meeting)

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Posted on: 10 July 2020
Closed date: 01 August 2020
Job ref: Chair
Tags: Trustees, Governance

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