London, Greater London (On-site)
Unpaid role, expenses paid
Voluntary, Solace’s Board meets four times per year
Job description

Solace exists to end the harm done through violence against women and girls. Our aim is to work to prevent violence and abuse as well as providing services to meet the needs of survivors particularly women and girls. Our work is holistic and empowering, working alongside survivors to achieve independent lives free from abuse.

Solace is seeking a new Chair to lead its Board of Trustees to fulfil their responsibilities for the strategic direction and overall governance of the organisation.


What will you be doing?

The Chair role is vital to continuing the progress of our organisational and board development, the delivery of our new strategy, and progress of our equity, diversity and inclusion strategy. There is a lot to do and this role offers the chance to have a significant impact.


What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who values the equality of women, is passionate about their wellbeing and the challenges they face in violent and abusive environments. An interest in Solace’s work and approach are essential as well as an ambitious outlook for Solace’s future.

She will be well respected and have active networks in the public or private sectors and will be able to bring these to their support of Solace’s work. The individual will have a proven track record of setting, agreeing and attending to an organisation’s strategy and supporting organisational culture change. They are an experienced leader, able to develop and ensure the Board works effectively, and will bring financial literacy and business acumen. It is essential that the Chair has prior trustee experience; although experience of being a Chair or a strong base of governance knowledge would be a significant advantage.

The Chair will be politically astute; and act as a representative, spokesperson, and will help to create and identify business opportunities for Solace.

Solace values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from women of all backgrounds. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and open to women only (exempt under the Equality Act 2010).


What difference will you make?

This is an exciting opportunity to help drive the success of a growing and successful organisation that makes a profound and positive impact on the lives of women who have suffered from violence and abuse.


Time commitment

Solace’s Board meets four times per year, at its offices in Islington, London and there are two away days. The overall time commitment for the Chair is expected to be around two to four days per month.


Before you apply

The Reach Volunteering TrusteeWorks team are supporting Solace Women’s Aid with their Board recruitment. To apply, please submit your CV along with a covering letter. Applications should be marked for the attention of Kirsty Telford, Interim Chair, Solace Women’s Aid.

Your cover letter should include the following:

  • Why you are interested in the role and Solace Women’s Aid
  • How your skills and experience fit the person specification
  • Any other relevant experience that you feel is relevant

If you would like to have an informal conversation ahead of submitting your application please contact TrusteeWorks.

Deadline: 05 Sep 2022

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Posted on: 14 June 2022
Closed date: 12 July 2022 at 14:22
Job ref: J81009
Tags: Trustees, Governance