Oxford, Oxfordshire
Job description

The trustees of the Gatehouse are seeking to recruit a Chair of Trustees to succeed the existing Chair who has been in post for the last fifteen years and is stepping down in autumn 2020.

The Gatehouse community drop in centre offers free support services for adults aged 25+ who are: homeless, vulnerably housed, on low income and/or looking for company & community. The Gatehouse offers a free cafe (six evenings a week), therapeutic workshops and one to one support (over two evenings and one afternoon a week).

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the service has adapted and is now operating a temporary food and drink delivery service and one to one support on a wide range of issues.

The project was started by the Oxford city churches as a winter daytime shelter in November 1988 and quickly developed into something more. The Gatehouse’s official title is Homeless People and the Oxford Churches, which reflects its client-centered vision and Christian origins and is an independent registered charity.

The Gatehouse has a board of trustees (currently eight), a full-time paid Project Director and approximately fifteen part-time staff.

The role of Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration. The term of appointment is anticipated to be at least three years, entailing around five hours work a week and includes chairing the monthly management meeting and the quarterly trustees meeting. The chair will champion awareness of issues around homelessness in Oxford and beyond and will be the public face of the Gatehouse. An ability to foster relationships with other faith and non-faith communities in Oxford will be required.

Interested candidates are invited to apply by 26th June 2020 with why they are interested and what skills and experience they can bring to the post and for a full role specification. To be in place for a three month handover by September 2020.

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Posted on: 23 May 2020
Closing date: 26 June 2020
Tags: Trustees, Governance

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