Chair of Trustees

Job Description
Title:Trustee Director
Reports to: The Board of Directors of the Trustee
Date: February 2018


Hollybank Trust is a regulated charity based in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. We have been providing education and care for over 60 years. We support more than a hundred children and adults with profound and multiple disabilities at our nursery, special school, residential homes, respite placements and adult daytime activity programmes. This in turn improves their lives and the lives of their parents, family and friends and wider community.

Role and Main Accountabilities:

  1. With the other Trustee Directors and the Chief Executive to provide strategic direction to the organisation.
  2. To provide support and constructive challenge to the Executive Team, led by the Chief Executive, in the development of vision, mission and the execution of the organisation’s strategy for the provision of services by the Trust.
  3. To monitor delivery of the Trust’s goals.
  4. To act as an ambassador for the Trust.
  5. 1. To work with the Chief Executive and other Trustee Directors in representing the Trust to regulatory authorities, media and the general public.
  6. To build and maintain constructive relationships with all of the Trust`s stakeholders.
  7. To work with the other Trustee Directors to ensure that the Trust delivers on all of its statutory requirements and promotes the highest standards of corporate governance and transparency.
  8. To work with the other Trustee Directors to help to identify and develop new opportunities for the Trust for increasing fundraising, influence and impact.

Candidate Profile:

Previous experience:

  1. Significant proven experience in a complex multi stakeholder environment.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to promote effective relationships and open communication, both inside and outside the Boardroom between Board members and the Executive Team.
  3. Well-developed leadership skills.
  4. Experience of creating a sense of purpose and bringing objectivity to a Board’s deliberations.
  5. Demonstrate a significant level of both commercial and financial acumen in order to provide the Board with the necessary leadership in this area to help the Trust to deliver its business goals.
  6. A thorough understanding of good corporate governance ideally gained in a similar governing body environment.

Personal Qualities

  1. Experienced Director with an impressive track record of strategic leadership in organisations of varying scale, complexity and diversity which have undergone significant change.
  2. A person of absolute integrity, significant stature and standing who will command the respect of diverse stakeholders in the region and more widely.
  3. An effective networker and relationship builder with excellent communications and influencing skills.
  4. Experience of the public/private interface – ideally with the health/medical and care sectors. A strong network of contacts in the corporate and public sectors.
  5. The time and flexibility to take on this role, ideally based in Yorkshire.
  6. Excellent understanding of good governance and some experience of working in or with charities.
  7. Natural communication and relationship building skills – able to act as an Ambassador for the charity and to expand its footprint/influence.
  8. Enthusiasm/passion for the cause and the Trust’s ambition/ethos.
  9. An inclusive style and personal approach that fits with the values and culture of the Trust, able to bring together disparate views and interests and ensure that the Board works effectively as a whole.
  10. Resilient and robust.


The Trust’s Nominations Committee will meet on 28 March 2018 to consider applications. Between this date and a second meeting planned for 20 April 2018, interviews will be conducted with a small group of shortlisted candidates and there will also be the opportunity to meet the CEO and chair.

Nominations Committee will make a formal recommendation to the full Board at its meeting on 17 May 2018.

The new Trustee Director(s) will take up their position on 1 June 2018.

Equal Opportunity

We welcome applications from candidates regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age or other relevant factors.


Term 3 years and, thereafter, subject to reappointment every 3 years (capped at 9 years (unless there are extenuating circumstances)).

This role is unpaid.

Time Commitment

A flexible commitment of circa 3 days per month including attending not only regular Board meetings but other key meetings and events.


The Charity is headquartered in Mirfield, West Yorkshire where all board meetings are held.

How To Apply

Applications should be sent by e-mail to

The closing date for applications is 23 March 2018.

Please include a curriculum vitae with your educational and professional qualifications and full employment history with your covering letter. When completing your CV, it is essential that you give a full but concise description of the nature, extent and level of responsibilities you have held.

Prior to appointment, references will be taken which will provide additional information for the Nominations Committee.