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Melissa Baxter

Managing Partner – Charities
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The Organisation

YMCA is the largest and oldest youth-minded organisation in the world. It was formed in 1844 and now has 58 million members across 120 countries.

YMCA Fairthorne Group (YMCAFG) is a local charity, supporting communities across Hampshire & the Isle of Wight.

The Role

The staff team has been considerably reshaped in preparation for the delivery of the strategy and now the current Trustees are keen to add to their already considerable, collective skills and energy to help drive the organisation forward. The current Chair of Trustees, is due to retire early in 2022 after several years of service on the Board.

The new Chair of Trustees will provide leadership and direction to the Board to enable it to fulfil its responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of YMCAFG, namely:
  • Share jointly with other members of the Board in taking responsibility for the future of the Charity; keeping its work within the stated charitable objectives, the formation and regular review and development of the top-level strategy and policy.
  • Ensure that all the work of the Charity is compatible and consistent with the YMCA Way
  • Ensure that the Charity functions within the legal and financial requirements of a charity striving to achieve best practice
  • Direct recruitment and ongoing employment of the Chief Executive

The Person

YCMAFG are looking for a strategic individual with senior management experience and a talent for managing, motivating and developing others. Other essential criteria includes:
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to the work of YMCAFG and the YMCA Way
  • Experience commensurate with the responsibilities, duties and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Understanding of the role of the Chair and the Board. Experience in getting people to work together
  • Demonstrable experience in the management of change and the ability to manage and resolve conflict constructively
  • The ability to analyse and understand the immediate and long terms needs of a complex organisation and how these relate to the business of the board, and to articulate this to others in a clear fashion
  • Previous experience of leading meetings, public speaking and chairing boards
  • The ability to apply good independent and impartial judgment to discussions and decisions
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Well-developed leadership skills and extensive experience of strong organisational leadership
  • IT literacy skills

Further Information

For comprehensive information about YMCAFG, the role and the person they are looking for, please download the Candidate Information Pack.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this excellent opportunity, please provide the following:
  • A comprehensive CV, including your recent achievements, and the details of two referees
  • A Supporting Statement addressing the criteria in the Person Specification and your motivations for applying

For a confidential discussion about the role, you can contact Melissa on 07789 985229 / [email protected]

Closing date for applications: Monday 11th October 2021 Preliminary Interviews with Trustees Unlimited: Week commencing 18th October 2021
Final Interviews with YCMAFG: Week commencing 8th November 2021

Melissa Baxter

Managing Partner – Charities
[email protected]
Applications are closed for this vacancy. Please take a look at our available vacancies
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