I’ve worked very closely with Chairs before (the people that head up meetings, not the things you sit on). Previously my closest working relationships were at London 2012, with Lord Seb Coe and Lord Charles Allen, when the fizz was all about the ambition and the excitement of the Games … but I’m saving the best stories about that time for my autobiography (!)
Working with Lady Andrée Deane Barron at TimeBank has been an altogether different experience. Andrée has been the Chair of the first charity where I have sat on the Trustee Board and whether she knows it or not, she has been a mentor and a role model. This relationship has been about the nuts and bolts of developing, strengthening and supporting a small charity which successfully punches well above its weight. She has steered TimeBank through some pretty daunting times and done so with grace, calmness, wisdom and in a manner that inspired her Board to all pull in the same direction.
She has also built a trusting and mutually respectful relationship with the Chief Executive – if you read any book or ‘Dummies Guide to being on a Board’ it’ll tell you the CEO/Chair relationship is key to success and like any relationship in life is one that needs time, investment, challenge and compromise.
Unfortunately for TimeBank, Andrée is stepping down in July. Her tenure is up, though we’re refusing to let her totally go and will be making her an honorary TimeBank ambassador . . . a Time Lady if you please (as long as the BBC don’t sue us for infringement.)
Therefore, we need a new Andrée. The small but impactful, effective and dynamic charity that is TimeBank is seeking a new Chair with the same passion, commitment and drive that Andrée has, to take it into the future. Is that you? Would you like the opportunity to lead a Board of committed individuals who are as passionate about this charity as they are about their day jobs? Then we’d love to hear from you.
The new Chair of TimeBank needs to be someone who has a rich understanding of volunteering and the difference it can make to individuals and communities. TimeBank is supported by a wider network of stakeholders and partners so you also need to be a brilliant communicator, a credible figure and an excellent networker. You also need to be able steer a meeting – the dedication of the Trustees equals passion and sometimes the discussion needs to be kept on track.
BTW, if you think that from this that I only work with ‘titled’ ladies and gentlemen you’re wrong. We’re a welcoming and inclusive bunch at TimeBank and are looking forward to receiving applications from a really wide range of people …
Please note this vacancy has now closed.