London, Greater London
Voluntary, 3-7 hours / week
Job description
This organisation supports anonymous recruitment. That means hiding your personal identifying information, removing bias from the hiring process.

We are looking for a Chair to lead our Board of Trustees. As a small diverse charity with a big reach and novel approach to social change, this is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced leader who is passionate about our work.

What will you be doing?

Overview of Chair Role

The Chairperson has a strategic role to play in representing the vision and purpose of the organisation and ensures that the Board of Trustees functions properly, that there is full participation at meetings, all relevant matters are discussed and that effective decisions are made and carried out.

In partnership with the chief executive officer (CEO) and other board members, the Chair will provide leadership to Nova as it transitions through a period of increased impact and growth.

Estimated time commitment ~ 2 days/month

Specific responsibilities include:

Leadership of the Board of Trustees

  • Planning, presiding over, and facilitating board meetings in accordance with the governing document
  • Create productive relationships with and between individual board members
  • Ensure matters are dealt with in an orderly, efficient manner
  • Bring impartiality and objectivity to meetings and decision-making
  • Facilitate change and address conflict within the board
  • Periodically consulting with board members on their roles and helping them assess their performance 
  • Oversee robust recruitment and induction process for appointment of new trustees
  • Ensure commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities Nova serves

Provide support and supervision to staff

  • Being a trusted advisor to the CEO and acting as a sounding board
  • Line management of the CEO
  • Sit on appointment and final appeal grievance panels, as appropriate


  • Understanding of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities 
  • Ensuring all board members are up to date with relevant training e.g. Prevent and Safeguarding

Represent the organisation

  • Act as an ambassador for Nova and the board of trustees
  • Communicate effectively the vision and purpose of the organisation
  • Advocate for and represent the organisation at external meetings and events
  • Be aware of current issues that might affect the organisation
  • Leverage personal connections and broader network to identify and secure additional funding opportunities for Nova

What are we looking for?

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Nova’s work and who has a track record of board/team leadership.

We are specifically seeking a person who has lived experience of some of the challenges we seek to address, including discrimination and prejudice. It is essential that our new Chair also has an understanding of and connection with the issues that are significant locally, including the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications/ experience:

  • Demonstrated success as a nonprofit board member or board chair 
  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in the nonprofit sector, business, government, or philanthropy
  • Track record of building credibility in the funding community that has resulted in major gifts to a nonprofit 
  • A commitment to and understanding of Nova’s mission and services, preferably based on experience 
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including public speaking 
  • Personal qualities of integrity and credibility

What difference will you make?

Help Nova to make more of a difference to more people's lives by raising our profile, broadening our networks and working collaboratively to strengthen our organisation.

What's in it for the volunteer?

This is a great opportunity to join a small, dynamic charity with a big reach. You'll be joining a passionate team working hard to make a difference to the people's lives every day.

"Volunteering with Nova gave me the opportunity to connect with other individuals and communities that I usually wouldn’t interact with. I volunteered on the summer programme and quickly realised how vital the trips were for the families. The staff and the families treated me (a complete stranger) with warmth and kindness and entrusted me to guide them on the trips. I could see how valuable and transformative the trips and activities were for both the adults and the children."

Before you apply

Please submit a cover letter along with your CV outlining why you would like to join our team as our Chair by Friday 9th July. We will invite shortlisted candidates to a panel interview in mid July.


More about Nova New Opportunities

Welcome to Nova. We are a small, diverse charity with a big reach and novel approach to social change. 

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Posted on: 14 June 2021
Closed date: 09 July 2021
Tags: Trustees, Business Development

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