Job Vacancy – Chair of Trustees – Independent Choices Greater Manchester

Are you passionate about making a positive impact in your community? Do you believe in empowering survivors of domestic abuse? If so, we invite you to become the chair of trustees for our well-established domestic abuse charity.

To learn more about this rewarding opportunity, please contact 

Closing date: 25/07/24

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About Independent Choices Greater Manchester

Independent Choices Greater Manchester provides advice and support for survivors of domestic abuse in Greater Manchester. We offer a confidential helpline that offers survivors information about their legal options for safety, housing options, refuge availability, safety planning, contacting, and reporting to the police as well as emotional support, aimed at breaking the cycle of abuse and empowering survivors to take control of their lives through informed choices. Our helpline is accessed by survivors, friends and family and professionals who support survivors.  

Position Overview:

As a chair, you will play a pivotal role in setting the strategic direction and governance of our organisation. Your insights, expertise, and commitment will direct us to fulfil our missions and aims. There will be a supportive onboarding process from the existing long-standing and experienced chair and continual support from the well-established board members.

You will:

  • Provide leadership to the board of trustees, ensuring effective governance and oversight.
  • Ensure we comply with our governing document, charity law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • Oversee our financial health and sustainability, alongside the manager and treasurer.
  • Support and appraise the performance of the manager.
  • Lead the organisation to develop our vision, mission and values and help identify new opportunities to meet these.
  • Develop the board of trustees to make the most of existing skills and experience and build capability and diversity.
  • Champion evidence-based approaches to decision-making using data and evaluation from our programs to meet the needs of survivors and provide feedback to funders.
  • Where relevant use your network to raise awareness of our work and advocate for the needs of domestic abuse survivors within the community.
  • Collaborate with trustees to provide strategic direction regarding the charity’s services, finances, legal, HR, communication, and partners/ stakeholders engagement.
  • Ensure the board of trustees uphold the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and accountability in all aspects of governance and decision-making.   
  • Liaise regularly with the Manager

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Proven experience in a leadership role, preferably within the charity or non-profit sector.
  • Experience in governance and working with or on a board of trustees.
  • Understanding of the charity sector.
  • Experience and a thorough comprehension of the trustee role, coupled with the readiness and dedication to invest the required time, preparation, and effort to fulfill trustee duties effectively.
  • Understanding or openness to learning about the intricate nature of domestic abuse and its effects on individuals, families and communities.
  • Creativity and innovation in problem-solving, with a focus on driving continuous improvement and excellence.

Abilities and skills:

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • A proactive mindset, with the willingness to dedicate time and effort to furthering the charity’s mission.
  • Have a commitment to the role for at least 36 months.
  • Ability to give around 8 hours per month, additional to the role.
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