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Honorary Chair

Solar Power Aid

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The Chair will guide Solar Power Aid in its determination to expand its reach to provide solar powered lanterns to the rural and urban poor in the developing world in order to aid a greater number of beneficiaries who would otherwise depend on unhealthy, expensive and polluting fossil fuel powered options for lighting.

Position Chair of Trustees.

Direct report The Chair will report to Solar Power Aid’s board and founder/CEO; Ri Iyovwaye.

Background A general background in strategy, governance, finance, HR, fundraising would be useful.

Nationality UK nationals based in UK


To provide leadership and direction to Solar Power Aid’s board of Trustees and enable the board fulfill its responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation.

To ensure that Solar Power Aid pursues its objectives in adherence with the provisions set out in its constitution while remaining in strict compliance with all relevant legislation/regulations.

To work in tandem with other members of the board, CEO, staff and volunteers in order to enable the organisation optimise its relationship with stakeholders.

To facilitate the board of trustees in stimulating excellent, well-rounded and carefully considered strategic decision-making.

Main responsibilities of the chair

In relation to the board

Formulate strategic plans and regular review of long-term strategic aims of the charity.

Develop organisational policies, define goals, targets and evaluate performance against agreed targets.

Approve the annual cycle of the board's meetings, meeting agendas, chair and facilitate meetings, monitor decisions taken at meetings and ensure they are implemented.

Liaise regularly with the Treasurer to maintain a clear grasp of the charity’s financial position and to ensure full and timely financial transparency and information disclosure to the Board.

Lead and mentor other Board members to fulfill their responsibilities and enable access to training/coaching/information to enhance the overall contribution of the board.

Annually review the Board's structure, role, staff relationships and ensure implementation of agreed changes/developments are carried out.

Encourage team working among Board members and encourage them to identify and recruit new trustees as required.

Create a strong, rewarding and fulfilling working relationship with trustees and the Chief Executive through review and self-reflective evaluation of contributions and effectiveness of the board.

In relation to the organisation, stakeholders and code of conduct

Represent the organisation as a spokesperson at appropriate events, meetings or functions.

Protect and manage the property of the organisation.

Lead the Board in fostering relations with stakeholders and potential funders/donors.

Act as final stage adjudicator for disciplinary and grievance procedures if required.

Facilitate change and address conflict within the Board, within the organisation and liaise with the Chief Executive to achieve this.

Undertake review of complaints as defined by the organisation’s complaints procedure.

Ensuring adherence and compliance to key policies to e.g. Equality of Opportunity, Health & Safety and in all decisions and discussions of the Board and its sub-committees.

Attend and be a member of other committees or working groups when appropriate as Chair.

In order to perform the above duties, the Chair will have reasonable access to all staff and information, in line with the board’s fiduciary responsibilities.


Further location details may be provided below.

online/work from home



One day


Basic IT skills - internet & email,Evaluating & Reviewing,Managing People,Organising & Planning

Qualities of the Chair Essential Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship. Commitment to the organisation's vision, and willingness to devote time to carry out all responsibilities. Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the charity’s aims and objectives. Good, independent judgment, political/religious impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment. Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to respect the confidences of colleagues. Balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise. Desirable Prior experience of committee/trustee work. Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation. A wider involvement with the voluntary sector. Experience of chairing meetings, committee work, some experience of UK charity governance, finance, fundraising requirements. Leadership skills exercised through a period of change.

* Derive an immeasurable sense of achievement and satisfaction by contributing to meaningful change in the lives of beneficiaries through the organisations interventions * Deepen existing skills and/or develop new competencies * Expand professional and personal networks

18 and over

Business, Management & Research,Trusteeships & Committees

 We welcome and/or have the resources to support:

People from an ethnic minority background who have links to Africa, Asia, South America and The Caribbean.

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