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Chair of Trustees

Hope for the Future

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Hope for the Future brings together local politicians, churches and communities to take decisive action on climate change. The charity was established in 2013 to equip faith communities, local groups and individuals across the UK to raise awareness of climate change.
We help with letter writing, accompany people to meetings and organise events around the UK encouraging communities to take action. In four short years our work has gained national recognition as we have grown into the UK’s leading specialists in supporting citizens to work with their MP on climate change.
With voter turnout and political party membership at a historic low in 2013, our work is also vital in equipping everyone to be able to get involved with politics and have their opinion heard on the issues that matter to them most.
Our small, dedicated team are based in Yorkshire. We employ two members of staff and currently have six individuals who sit on the Board of Trustees, including academics, ordained clergy and third sector employees. Our patron is the Rt Revd. Steven Croft, the current Bishop of Oxford, who also sits in the House of Lords.
We are looking for a Chair of Trustees to take over from Michael Bayley and lead the trustees and work in close partnership with the Director as we enter an exciting stage of our development as an organisation.
The key role we are looking for in the chair of Trustees is someone who can work with the director, the trustees and other members of staff to continue to build a team to realise the exciting prospect of helping to shape the strategy and operations over the next few years and developing Hope for the Future’s position in the wider environmental movement both regionally and nationally.

Jo Musker-Sherwood

Further location details may be provided below.

Hope for the future, Victoria Methodist Centre, Stafford Road, Sheffield

S2 2SE

One week


Please email Michael Bayley -

Good IT Skills,Managing People,Organising & Planning,Negotiating,Evaluating & Reviewing,Bookkeeping & Finance

The responsibilities of the role - The emphasis will always be on teamwork. Working closely with the director will naturally be essential. In the rather formidable list of points below, it will be a question of working with the director to make sure these are covered. These are shared responsibilities, not the exclusive responsibility of the chair of Trustees • Working with the director, Trustees and staff on future strategy and operational priorities. • Working with the director to ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation • Ensure the accountability of the Director Ensure that appropriate support and development opportunities are provided to the whole staff team • Ensuring appropriate governing documents continue to comply with charity law and other relevant legislation and regulations • Working, especially with the Treasurer, towards establishing the financial stability of Hope for the Future • Liaise closely with the Director to keep an overview of the organisation's activities and affairs • Planning the annual cycle of board meetings and setting the agenda for board meetings in collaboration with the director • Chair and facilitate board meetings • Ensure the board of trustees functions effectively • Give direction to board policy making and monitor that decisions are implemented • Bring impartiality and objectivity to decision making • Represent the organisation at some events and meetings, and act as a spokesperson as appropriate Skills, knowledge and attributes required - • Commitment to the purpose and sympathy with the values of the organisation • Strategic vision • Good independent judgement • Ability to think creatively • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship • Good communication and interpersonal skills • Willingness to give the necessary time and effort • Previous experience as a trustee desirable • Living within reasonable reach of Sheffield (perhaps about an hour’s journey but applications further afield will be considered ) Additional details – Voluntary role Time commitment – 4 days per month Notice period – 1 month Probationary period – 6 months References – 2/3 required Interview – with current chair (Michael Bayley) and one other trustee. Contact – Michael Bayley ( or Tel:0114 258 5248) for more information. Apply by mail to Michael Bayley, 27 Meadow Bank Avenue, Sheffield S7 1PB or e-mail (as above) with CV and covering letter. Closing date Friday 2 March 2018

Expenses - Any reasonable expenses incurred of the course of Trustee business will be reimbursed.


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