BWLP is recruiting Chairperson for our Board

Tuesday, 11th January

Black Women’s Link Project (BWLP)

Role: Chairperson
Salary: Unpaid
Benefits: Expenses incurred while travelling to meetings
Hours: Four meetings a year
Location: Islington London N1 and surrounding areas
Application closing date: Midnight Sunday 13 Feb 2022
Interview week: 21st-25th February 2022

Role description of Chairperson

The Chairperson is to provide leadership to the managing committee of the BWLP. At Committee meetings the chair’s role is to ensure full communication and effective decision-making as well as enforcing the five C’s of chairing:

  • Communicate: start the meeting, set the scene, state the objectives.
  • Control: but do not dominate, allow freedom of expression, keep meetings to the agenda.
  • Co-ordinate: highlight areas of common agreement.
  • Compare: weigh up contributions impartially.
  • Clarify: ensure everyone understands what is being discussed, explain any ‘jargon’, summarise.

Chairperson of (Black Women’s Link Project)

The duties of the chairperson include the following:

  • Providing leadership to the organisation and the board by ensuring that everyone remains focused on the delivery of the organisation’s charitable purposes in order to provide greater public benefit
  • Chairing and facilitating board meetings
  • Giving direction to board policy-making
  • Checking that decisions taken at meetings are implemented
  • Representing the organisation at functions and meetings, and acting as a spokesperson as appropriate
  • Bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision-making

In working with the chief executive, the chairperson should:

  • Plan the annual cycle of board meetings and other general meetings where required, for example the annual general meeting
  • Set agendas for board and other general meetings
  • Develop the board of trustees including induction, training, appraisal and succession planning
  • Address conflict within the board and within the organisation, and liaising with the chief executive (if staff are employed) to achieve this

Where staff are employed, the chairperson should:

  • Liaise with the chief executive to keep an overview of the organisation’s affairs and to provide support as appropriate
  • Lead the process of supporting and appraising the performance of the chief executive
  • Sit on appointment and disciplinary panels

Person specification

The chairperson should have the following qualities.

  • Leadership skills and experience
  • Experience of committee work
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Impartial, fair and have the ability to respect confidences.

Send your CV to along with a brief note (no more than 300 words) telling us why you are interested in the position and information about your availability in the week commencing Monday 21st February 2022 for interviews.

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