To create a strong viable organisation in a very challenging environment, two London borough Age UKs, (the new name for Age Concern), are working together to increase their capability to provide quality services for older people. As a result Age UK Islington and Age UK Haringey are now joining forces to improve future service sustainability whilst retaining a strong local focus.
Two key decisions have been the creation of a new shadow board of Trustees to oversee the creation of the new organisation and the appointment of a new independent Chair. The two existing Chairs will be stepping down to give impartiality to the new organization but will remain on the board to provide continuity. The first immediate task of the new Chair will be to work with the shadow board to recruit a Chief Executive for the new organisation.
The objective is to create a dynamic organisation which is willing and able to use new development opportunities as the foundation for future success. The new Chair will be crucial to achieving this; s/he must have an entrepreneurial approach and an in depth understanding of the business disciplines needed to deliver a wide range of services to older people in a multi-cultural urban area through a sustainable organisation.
Working with highly committed teams, the new Chair and Trustees will also ensure that the charity has robust governance and management to meet the expectations of funders, older people and regulators. It is essential that the new Chair understands current wider social care policy and ideally, the role of clinical commissioning groups and how they may fund services as needs and priorities change
The ability to work with the new CEO to anticipate and respond quickly to changes in customers’ or funders’ needs with innovative strategies is essential. Diplomacy and strategic vision will be essential to liaising effectively with other Age UK teams and commissioners such as local authorities. An appreciation of how technology can deliver increased efficiency and impact is highly desirable.
A full job description is available as a download on the Trustees Unlimited website
If you are passionate about improving older people’s quality of life, rights and interests and think you have the experience and skills to become the new Chair for this exciting new venture, please email Emma Kynoch firstname.lastname@example.org and ensure you provide the following:
- a supporting statement, explaining how you believe your skills and experience match the requirements of the role
- a comprehensive CV
- details of two referees who will not be contacted without your prior consent and not until the short list stage
The closing date for applications is 18th June. All applications will be forwarded on to Age UK who will then take over the process. They are hoping to make appointments by mid July with interviews in the first half of July, so details of your availability in w/c 2 July and 9 July would be appreciated.
Advice and support
- Funding and finance
- Coping with cuts
- Addressing needs
- Managing change
- Planning for the future
- Involving people
- Public Service Delivery
- Governance and leadership
- Compact Advocacy programme
- Campaigning and influencing policy
- Collaborative working
- ICT (information and communication technology)
- Climate change
- People, HR and employment