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Chair of Trustees The Winch

If you share our belief in the power of community and enabling individuals to flourish regardless of background or circumstances join us as our next Chair.

  • Location: 21 Winchester Road, North Camden, London
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses reimbursed
  • Closing date: by 9 a.m Monday 13th June 2022

Based in North Camden, The Winch is a community-based organisation, best known for our youth, children and family-run services, especially for young people aged 0-25 years of age. We believe positive changes can happen when we work together with people and listen to what they know about our area. They know what it’s like to live in it and they know what needs to improve.

We seek to provide personalised help and developmental experiences that assist children, young people and families in overcoming the challenges and disadvantages they face in their environment, find their place and feel like they belong in our community.

By fostering collaboration with local residents, services and partners, The Winch is an organisation that is woven into the fabric of the community life and integral to it.  We look at long-term investment in our partnership with people – we consider ourselves as long-term patient partners, looking to bridge resources and create opportunities for the talent around us to flourish.

We now seek a Chair who will work in collaboration with our trustees, experienced CEO and capable team to lead us as we embark on our next strategic phase. Camden is a brilliantly diverse area of London, rich in opportunity and talent, but it faces some stubborn and persistent challenges.

Our ideal candidate will be a curious and agile strategic thinker, a problem solver and pragmatist. With a democratic and inclusive approach, you will be someone who can extend and challenge our thinking and bring additional perspectives. Your skills will propel us forward in continuing to seek new ways to engage and work alongside our community, and you will be able to demonstrate care about kinship, community connections and creating more opportunities for participation and belonging.

We are looking for a Chair who feels a connection with our values and an affinity with the communities we serve. This could be rooted in personal or professional experience, as well as a commitment to learn, respond and adapt, working in partnership to effect enduring change.

Whilst you will have substantial charity governance experience and able to operate confidently and impactfully as our next Chair we are open-minded about background. It’s important you have the strategic experience to evolve our ambitious next strategy and a level of poise and comfort in adapting this as we navigate and respond to a continuing changing landscape.

We have the potential to grow and extend our work so experience of supporting organisational growth, building capacity and developing funding and sustainability would be advantageous.

The Board holds four formal meetings a year, plus an AGM.  In addition, the Chair will be expected to attend regular one- to- one meetings with the Chief Executive as well as other meetings and events during the year. The Chair may also join the Finance Committee of the Board. The time commitment is likely to be one to two days per month.

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

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk  | 07772 902071 or 

Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249 


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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Dear candidate

Thanks so much for your interest in becoming the next Chair of The Winch. People always say in recruitment packs what a great opportunity the role affords. With hand on heart, I can say this is true and then some with Chair role at The Winch.

The Winch is a wonderful organisation, rooted in the local community it serves. We have an exceptional Board who regularly go above and beyond in service of The Winch. We also have a committed, experienced and talented staff team, led by an outstanding CEO. The evidence of this clear. Despite being a small community-based organisation, our finances are strong and a new strategy is about to launch which has been developed by working collaboratively between staff and trustees with input from the community we work alongside.

The Winch is well known and respected locally and nationally for the work we do with the children, families and young people. The Winch genuinely feels like a family, and that is down to the calibre and commitment of the people. We have always put the challenges, hopes and ambitions of the community we work alongside at the heart of all we do, even when that feels hard to do.

I feel really sad to be moving on, but after six years it feels like time to pass on the baton. Since taking on the Chair role, I have aimed to get the governance working well, ensure that the finances are robust, that we are well run, that we have the right leadership at executive and board level and that we chart a course through the stormy waters of the last couple of years that remains true to who we are and what we believe. Working together with Winch colleagues we have achieved these things and more.

The Winch has been one of the best Chair roles I have ever had the privilege to hold.

If you want to make a difference to a great organisation, please do apply. To whoever takes on the role, I promise you it won’t be dull, and it will be a joy.

Best wishes

Srabani Sen OBE

Chair of The Winch

The Winch started when the Old Winchester Arms pub, was squatted in the early 1970s by a group of young people looking to rehouse their youth club. Since 1973, we’ve worked alongside thousands of children, young people and families across North Camden to draw on the strengths of and support the whole community, all while retaining our rebellious spirit! Some of the issues we tackle include social exclusion, homelessness and gang involvement.

Since that beginning, we’ve grown to be a community resource at 21 Winchester Road, a welcoming, lively building where local residents can connect to each other or reach out for support from one of our experienced staff.  The Winch believes in the potential and power of the community and the individuals in it and that every child and young person is supported to grow, learn and flourish, and contribute positively to their community.

Over the last few years, The Winch shifted to being a collaborative outward facing organisation and have been working in collaboration with several local partners to provide co-delivery of services and a range of in- person support – one to one and group-based support.  We do this through a pipeline of activities and services including afterschool clubs, play schemes, mentoring, open youth clubs and a variety of additional programmes including seeding and supporting enterprise. We connect people in our neighbourhood and aim for a culture of kindness while listening to what local residents believe needs changing. One example of how we do this is Connecting Parents, a weekly group led by and for parents.

We also run Belsize Community Library, a much-loved neighbourhood space for reading, creating and connecting people.

The Winch strives to rise to the challenge, for our children, for our young people and for our community, with their strategic goals aimed at:

  • Work alongside children and young people to develop their strengths, skills and sense of purpose. 
  • Connect people to create a kinder and more resourceful neighbourhood. 
  • Back community-led change.
  • Build organisational excellence. 

Our area has changed a lot since 1973, but The Winch has been a constant presence in the lives of so many children, young people and adults. Everyone has a place at the Winch.

We assess our impact as part of our commitment to ensure we make a positive, lasting difference on the lives of children, young people and families we support.

In the year to 31 December 2018, we engaged with over 1,400 children, young people, parents and local residents in our community. 

  • Our Family Support programme reached over 300 parents and children, connecting isolated households to their communities and essential services.
  • Our Ofsted Outstanding Play provision provided over 200 4- to 12-year-olds with subsidised, after-school and holiday play provision – driving children’s development and supporting low-income households.
  • Our Youth Team engaged over 500 11- to 19-year-olds through open-access, in-school and detached youth work – building at-risk young people’s skills and confidence and helping forge positive relationships.
  • Through our employability and entrepreneurship programmes we worked with and invested in over 42 young adults aged 16 to 25 years. 13 young entrepreneurs in two cohorts completed a 12-week programme with The Company, 9 of whom went on to pitch successfully for seed funding!
  • We provided long-term Promise Work to 29 young people. Promise Work is the Winch’s long-term, award-winning, intensive one-to-one mentoring, befriending and navigating support.
  • To back community-led change, our multi-agency initiative, North Camden Zone, worked with communities on the Chalcots Estate and in England’s Lane temporary accommodation hostel to help mobilise 200 residents to work together for change.
  • Belsize Community Library was open 3 days a week and welcomed on average 100 people a day. We have 1,250 members of which 25% are children and we loaned around 130 books a month. We ran regular activities, and the programme has since been updated to support our new objective to help everyone in the neighbourhood read, create and connect.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to best practice, both within our work, and in the work of our partners across Camden. We apply the ‘AMBIT’ (Adaptive Mentalisation-Based Integrative Treatment) methodologies developed by The Anna Freud National Centre. This framework supports better communication, learning and the application of evidence in our work with young people, and in communication with colleagues, partners and others.

We track a number of important metrics for the children and young people we work with including:

  • EYFS (Early Years Foundation Scores) to measure development of our youngest children
  • The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale to monitor the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable young people
  • Termly Adolescent Integrative Measure assessments with vulnerable people we provide Promise Work to.


The Winch is committed to equal opportunity in employment and its employment policies for recruitment are designed to ensure that no job applicant, volunteer or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Accessibility dogs are always welcome on our premises
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed
  • We would be happy to source a sign language interpreter if required
  • We provide a flexible working environment, including locations

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

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    To formally apply, please submit your CV and your responses to the following questions:

    1. Please tell us about your motivations for and interests in becoming the Chair of trustees at The Winch.
    2. What personal and professional experiences will you draw on to lead the Winch Board? How have your experiences shaped your approach to leadership, as a Chair?
    3. Can you give us an example of where you have helped shape and lead an adaptive strategy? 
    4. How would you ensure the Winch board continues to perform well and fulfil and develop its governance responsibilities?
    5. Please describe your experience of governance and how you would apply this as Chair of the Winch Board?

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Chair of Trustees – The Winch” into the subject field.

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

    Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk  | 07772 902071 or 

    Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249 

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

    All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

    Closing date: Monday 13th June 2022

    Longlisting: Wednesday 15th June 2022

    Interviews: w/c 20th June 2022

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