Chair of Trustees

The past months have been a momentous period for CCF. Not only has our regular work continued effectively and our financial position has strengthened, but we have also taken the leading role in Cambridgeshire in inspiring and coordinating the community response to the Coronavirus pandemic. This has felt like ‘our moment’ and we have been honoured to be able to enable something so positive during a very difficult time for Cambridgeshire.

We now seek a new Chair of Trustees to help us continue with our vision. In addition to the general responsibilities of a Trustee, duties of the Chair include the following:

General

  • Provide leadership to the charity and its Board, ensuring that CCF achieves maximum impact for its beneficiaries
  • Ensure that Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of CCF
  • Ensure that the Board operates within its charitable objectives, and provides a clear strategic direction for CCF
  • Ensure that the Board regularly reviews major risks and opportunities, and has oversight of systems to take advantage of opportunities, and manage and mitigate risks
  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of CCF, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability
  • Encourage a positive culture and values within CCF, and change where appropriate

Governance

  • 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 fully engaged, regularly refreshed and incorporates the right balance of skills, diversity, knowledge, and experience needed to govern and lead CCF effectively, and which also reflects the community served
  • Work within agreed policies adopted by the charity
  • Safeguard the good name and values of the charity
  • Chair and facilitate board meetings effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision-making
  • Give direction to board policy-making and check that strategy is implemented
  • Bring impartiality, fairness, integrity and objectivity to decision-making

With the Chief Executive

  • Establish and build a strong, effective, and constructive working relationship with the Chief Executive
  • Support the Chief Executive, whilst respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles
  • Follow proper arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the Chief Executive
  • Ensure that the Chief Executive has the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate external professional support
  • Plan board meetings and the annual general meeting
  • Liaise with, review and support the Chief Executive to monitor CCF’s progress and discuss openly concerns and challenges
  • Support disciplinary panels and complaints procedures, as required

CCF Profile

  • Act as an ambassador for CCF to build profile, brand awareness and relationships
  • Actively encourage philanthropists and donors to establish funds, or donate to CCF
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with key influencers
  • Represent the charity at external functions, meetings, in local media and events

Terms of Office

Term: CCF’s Chair (and board members) serve a three-year term and are eligible for re-appointment for one additional term of three years. The role of the new Chair will take effect from the 2021 AGM to take place in October. However, it is intended that the incoming Chair is co-opted onto the board as soon as possible to enable an effective handover.

Remuneration: The role of Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed

Locations: CCF covers Cambridgeshire. Board meetings may be held at our office in Cambridge or at other locations across the county. Other meetings usually take place within Cambridgeshire, or occasionally in London.

Time commitment: 4 Board meetings per year. The Chair may attend Board sub-committees and is also expected to have regular meetings with the Chief Executive, and also represent the charity at events, meetings with key stakeholders and national activities of UK Community Foundations.

For a full Candidate Information Pack including details about CCF, our Strategic Goals, Role Description, Person Specification and Recruitment Process, please see link below.

To register your interest, please send a copy of your latest CV or biography together with a supporting statement explaining your motivations for applying for the role, how your skills, knowledge and experience match the requirements sought and what you can additionally bring to the role, to michael@cambscf.org.uk. 

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Monday 14th December 2020

Interviews: W/C Monday 11th January 2021 onwards

Trustees

The past months have been a momentous period for CCF. Not only has our regular work continued effectively and our financial position has strengthened, but we have also taken the leading role in Cambridgeshire in inspiring and coordinating the community response to the Coronavirus pandemic. This has felt like ‘our moment’ and we have been honoured to be able to enable something so positive during a very difficult time for Cambridgeshire.

We now seek to appoint two or three new Trustees to support us in the next exciting phase of our development.

It is particularly important to CCF to recruit a diversely-drawn Board which includes strong representation of those from similar backgrounds as those we seek to serve through our grant programmes.

CCF is seeking to recruit individuals with skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Marketing
  • Communications and PR
  • Fundraising
  • Donor development and Networking
  • Governance

Terms of Office

Term: CCF’s board members serve a three-year term and are eligible for re-appointment for one additional term of three years.

Remuneration: The role of Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed

Locations: CCF covers Cambridgeshire. Board meetings may be held at our office in Cambridge or at other locations across the county.

Time commitment: 4 Board meetings per year. In addition, Trustees are asked to join at least one of the five sub-committees which meet quarterly. In order to better understand CCF’s work and its supporters, Trustees are also encouraged, on occasion, to attend CCF’s public events, and to engage with key stakeholders.

For a full Candidate Information Pack including details about CCF, our Strategic Goals, Role Description and Recruitment Process, please see link below.

To register your interest, please send a copy of your latest CV or biography together with a supporting statement explaining your motivations for applying for the role, how your skills, knowledge and experience match the requirements sought and what you can additionally bring to the role, to michael@cambscf.org.uk. 
 

Volunteer Placements at CCF

Are you looking for hands-on experience in the charity sector, tackling social issues in Cambridgeshire and helping us conduct our vital work?

We're offering two voluntary placements over Spring and Summer 2020. Download the information packs for the General Placement and Vital Signs Placement below:

Volunteer Visitors

Our dedicated team of volunteer visitors travel to the projects we fund to meet the groups and see the projects in action. This is a flexible role as volunteers can sign up for the visits that are a good for for them and then correspond with the group to arrange a mutually convenient date and time.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about becoming a volunteer visitor, please email info@cambscf.org.uk or call 01223 410535.