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Chair Kinship

As Chair, you can make a profound difference to the lives of kinship families by guiding our growth and strengthening our governance.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 4th March

Who we are

Kinship care often begins in a crisis, with children whose parents are unable to care for them for various reasons. This situation can be frightening, confusing and heartbreaking. In these moments, a loved one instinctively steps in — a grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or family friend. They become a kinship carer, taking on the responsibility of raising the children they love, often without any time to prepare. This sudden change can disrupt plans, relationships, jobs and savings.

We are the national charity for kinship care in England and Wales, leading the way in supporting and advocating for kinship families. With over 200,000 kinship families facing these challenges daily, we understand the difficulties kinship carers face. We have also witnessed the incredible achievements possible with the right support. Children in kinship families, and the families themselves, can thrive when given the necessary support.

Our mission is to support, connect and advocate for kinship carers. Following a strong period of growth in our profile, impact, and influence, we have recently secured a major government contract. This is enabling an exciting time in our history with significant growth planned for the coming years.

About the role

We are seeking a dynamic and compassionate leader to become the Chair of the Board of Trustees. This pivotal role is crucial in guiding Kinship’s strategic direction, ensuring our goals are met in providing increasingly effective and meaningful support to kinship families nationwide.

As Chair, your role will include:

  • Providing leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees, ensuring clarity of vision and strategy and overseeing the charity’s effective governance.
  • Acting as an ambassador for Kinship, you will advocate for kinship care at the highest levels, working closely with the Chief Executive to offer support and guidance.
  • We are open-minded about the background and skillset of our next Chair. However, some experience in charitable governance and leadership is essential. Experience in acting as an ambassador and influencing policymakers is also highly advantageous.
  • Our board is committed to inclusion, featuring Trustees with lived experience in providing care and in the care system, as well as diversity in gender and age. While we already have diverse ethnic representation, we are keen to further diversify to better represent the families we support.

Join us in making a profound difference in the lives of kinship families. Your leadership can help shape the future of kinship care in the UK.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Bill Yuksel

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Our mission

To ensure kinship carers and the children they care for get the support and recognition they need.

Our vision

A society in which kinship carers and the children they care for are recognised, valued and supported.

What we Stand for:

How we deliver on what we stand for:


What we do

We use our experience, expertise and strength to change lives. We support kinship carers in their homes and communities, giving advice and helping them work through problems to find the best way forward.

We connect carers in our national community and network of local support groups, so they don’t have to face the fight alone.

We help professionals understand kinship families and improve support for them. Through our research and campaigns, we make sure kinship care is understood and the government knows what changes are needed.

We will not rest until the recognition and support is there for every kinship family.

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

    Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063

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    Closing date: Monday 4th March 2024
    Interviews: Tuesday 19th March 2024

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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