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Scottish Charity Number SC002138

Victim Support Scotland is looking to appoint a new Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Victim Support Scotland is the lead charity in Scotland helping people affected by crime. It provides support, practical help and essential information to victims, witnesses and others affected by crime. The service is free, confidential and is provided by trained volunteers through a network of community- based victim services and court-based witness services.

The Chair is required to ensure the Board of Trustees functions properly, that everyone can contribute fully to meetings, that all agenda items are properly discussed and decisions made. The role is key. The Chair is expected to provide leadership but should not dominate. The role has no particular powers over fellow Trustees. The Chair is expected to know the rules for the conduct of meetings as set down in the governing articles.

The role extends significantly beyond chairing meetings. It includes acting as a figurehead for the organisation, which may include representing the organisation externally, speaking publicly on its behalf and attending public functions. The Chair should ensure the Board is made up of an appropriate mix of skills and experience. A key function is that of acting as line manager to the Chief Executive, including working with the CE on personal development. The Chair should also be prepared to act as a ‘sounding board’ for the CE and to offer political advice. The relationship between Chair and Chief Executive is highly important for the organisation. At times the Chair may also need to assist with the management of the organisation such as budget authorisation and participating in recruitment exercises.

You must have experience of working in a senior role with the ability to think strategically, as well as having an understanding of financial management and business planning. You will have knowledge and experience of governance and be capable of building and maintaining professional relationships at all levels. You will be experienced in leading and motivating teams and possess strong and effective interpersonal skills.

Board roles are unremunerated, although reasonable expenses will be paid. A commitment of typically three days in total per month is required, although this may vary depending on business need. This includes meetings, preparation and discussion.

This position is subject to a Basic Disclosure check.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Catriona Mackie on 0141 212 7555.

More detail can also be found in the document below:

The closing date for applications is Friday 21st June 2019.

Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday 2nd July 2019.

To apply, please complete the short form below and upload your CV and supporting statement. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 24 hours of submitting your application, please contact Kelsey Sinclair on 0141 212 7555.