London, Greater London
Job description

The Organisation

Who are we?
Football Beyond Borders is an education charity which uses the power of football to inspire young people from disadvantaged communities to achieve their goals and make their voices heard. We use football as an engagement tool to inspire young people to thrive at school and achieve their goals. We work with over 500 young people each week who are passionate about football. We work across a range of schools in both a mainstream setting and in specialist provisions, with a focus on Key Stage 3.

Why join us?
We are an expanding, vibrant organisation with a talented staff team working across London, Essex and Greater Manchester who are passionate about helping young people to achieve their potential. This is a rare opportunity to take a leading role in the driving the strategic direction of one of the UK’s fastest growing social sector organisations at a time of huge excitement and possibility. 

Our mission?
FBB supports young people who are disengaged at school and passionate about football, in order to help them finish school with the skills and grades to make a successful transition into adulthood. We do this by providing long-term, intensive support, built around relationships and young people’s passions, in the classroom and beyond. We are an asset-based organisation with a view that all our interventions must build from a young person’s strengths and passions.
We expect all students who worked with us to finish our programmes with:

  • National level qualifications in English and Maths GCSE
  • Social and emotional skills to develop positive relationships and manage their emotions

Our FBB Schools programme is a highly impactful programme delivered by expert professionals and built around the evidence of what works for delivering sustained change. Our programme is built on the following four theoretical foundations:

•    Attachment Theory
•    Adolescent Neuroscience
•    Hegemonic Masculinity
•    Humanistic Therapy

We believe real change can only be sustained through an embedded and holistic approach to our young people’s development. We work to become deeply embedded in the lives of our participants and in the communities we are based in. We do this through working with our participants both in their schools and through our community based evening and holiday programmes. This integrated approach is supported through intensive parental and teacher engagement achieved through parents’ evenings, teacher showcases and weekly text and phone updates.

Our ambition?
We delivered our first FBB Schools programme to 15 students at a school in Croydon in 2014. This academic year we are delivering our FBB Schools programme to 500 young people in more than 40 schools across London, Essex and the North West. We aim to become the leading football for education charity in the UK by December 2021, measured both in terms of impact and scale. We have the national partners in place to make this a reality with Nike, the FA, Impetus, Esmee Fairbairn, NESTA and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation all key supporters of our work.

There is a lot of excitement and interest in our organisation at the moment and there is huge potential for growth. However, the role of the Chair will be as much around ensuring we maintain the quality of our delivery and culture as it will to oversee this national expansion.
The Chair’s three priorities in this role will be built around:

  • Setting the growth ambition and path to scale
  • Creating a culture of excellence and consistency across all functions
  • Developing the Board membership and formalising how the Board functions

The Role

The Chair will hold the Board and Executive Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Executive Team and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive of the charity to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Co-CEOs.

Remuneration: The role of Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed
Location: FBB’s HQ is in Brixton, South London.
Time commitment: Four Board meetings per year. The Chair is also expected to have monthly meetings with the Co-CEOs, and also represent the Charity at various events and meetings with key stakeholders.
Reporting to: Board of Trustees (Executive Committee)
Terms: The charity’s Chair (and board members) will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. 
In addition to chairing the main Board meetings, the Chair has the right to attend the meeting of the Finance, Governance and Risk Sub-Committee (chaired by the Treasurer).
Our current Chair is due to step down in December 2019 with the new Chair taking over from January 2020.

Principal responsibilities

Strategic leadership

  • Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision making process
  • Ensure that Trustees are fully engaged and that decisions are taken in the best, long-term    interests of the Charity and that the Board takes collective ownership 
  • Work closely with the Co-CEOs to give direction to Board policy-making and to ensure that meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of trustees
  • Ensure that the Board operates within its charitable objectives, and provides a clear strategic direction for the Charity
  • Ensure that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfy itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities, and manage and mitigate the risks
  • Work with the Board and the Executive team to developing the long term strategy for the organisation (growth ambition, impact goals, income generation target, org development)
  • Tracking progress against annual business plans
  • Manage key strategic risks
  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability


  • Ensure that Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the Charity
  • Ensure that the governance arrangements are working in the most effective way for the Charity 
  • Develop the knowledge and capability of the Board of Trustees 
  • Address and resolve any conflicts within the Board 
  • Appraise the performance of the Trustees and the Board on an annual basis
  • Ensure that the Board of Trustees is regularly refreshed and incorporates the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead the charity effectively, and which also reflects the wider population
  • Work within any agreed policies adopted by the charity 

External Relations and Fundraising

  • Act as an ambassador for the cause and the charity
  • Support the charity’s fundraising efforts through your own time, ideas and contacts 
  • Maintain close relationships with key members of the Government and with key influences
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate
  • Represent the charity at external functions, meetings and events
  • Facilitate change and address any potential conflict with external stakeholders

Relationship with the Co-CEOs and the wider management team

  • Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the CO-CEOs, ensuring s/he is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives
  • Support the Co-CEOs, whilst respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles
  • Ensure regular contact with the Co-CEO and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationship within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges
  • Liaise with the CO-CEOs to maintain an overview of the Charity’s affairs, providing      support as necessary
  • Conduct an annual appraisal and remuneration review for the CO-CEOs in consultation with other Trustees
  • Ensure that the Co-CEOs have the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate external professional support

Person Specification

In addition to the qualities required of a Trustee of the charity, the Chair must also meet the following requirements:

Experience and Knowledge


  • Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation
  • Experience of charity governance and working with or as part of a Board of Trustees


  • Financial management expertise and a broad understanding of charity finance issues
  • Previous experience as Chair of a charity
  • Detailed knowledge of the UK secondary school education context
  • Significant experience of leadership in either a) school and education settings; or b) national scaling of social sector organisations

Characteristics and skills


  • Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to the charity, its  strategic objectives and cause
  • Personal gravitas to lead a significant national organisation and be comfortable in an ambassadorial role
  • Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the charity
  • Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment 
  • Ability to commit time to conduct the role well, including travel and attending events out of office hours


  • An interest in and knowledge of football.
  • A commitment to using sport as a vehicle to support young people to achieve their goals.

Recruitment process

Safeguarding statement
FBB is committed to adopting a safe recruitment process and follows the NSPCC safer recruitment procedures that have safeguarding at their heart and aim to discourage unsuitable applicants.

The successful applicant will be expected to comply with all of FBB policies, in particular:

  • Equality and Diversity
  • Health and Safety
  • Safeguarding

Disclosure - The appointment is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Shortlisting, interviews and reference checking - Only those applicants who meet the right criteria will be taken through to interview stage. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. References from the previous and current employer will be taken up for shortlisted candidates. Please let us know about the sensitivity of taking up references prior to interview.

To Apply

To apply, please upload the following:

  • Your current comprehensive CV with details of two referees (who will not of course, be contacted without your prior knowledge and consent;
  • A supporting statement – no longer than 2 pages - highlighting your ‘fit’ for the role and passion for our work

Closing date for applications is 15th July 2019.

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Posted on: 06 June 2019
Closed date: 15 July 2019
Job ref: 5815
Tags: Management, Trustees