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Chief Executive Getting on Board

Passionate about creating more diverse and effective boards? We are too. Help us to make trusteeship more accessible, effective and inclusive.

  • Location: Home based (UK)
  • Salary: Up to £60,000

Who we are.

Getting on Board is a national charity which supports individuals to join charity boards, helps charities recruit trustees effectively and supports trustees to have impact in their roles. We work with thousands of potential trustees, charities and employers. We have a particular focus on trustee diversity, aiming to support more women, younger people, people of colour and people from other under-represented groups to join charity boards.

There are an estimated 100,000 vacancies for charity trustees in the UK and three quarters of charities say that they struggle to recruit board members. Once in a role, many current trustees are isolated and unsupported. Without effective trustees, charities cannot thrive.

We help charities in their mission to become more representative of the communities they serve by recruiting and retaining trustees from a diversity of backgrounds and lived experiences. This is fundamental because charities need access to the broadest possible talent pool to function at the highest level.

We train nearly 10,000 people a year, with thousands more people reading our free guides.

About the role.

After a wonderful seven years in post Penny Wilson, our current Chief Executive, has decided to pass on the baton. Penny has played a huge role in building Getting on Board from a micro charity to a hugely impactful growing organisation with a national profile and income of over £250k and rising.

This is a very exciting time for Getting on Board. We have experienced year-on-year growth and are working hard to develop an infrastructure that will ensure the charity is sustainable and has a robust platform for further growth.

We are well positioned to take advantage of a wealth of opportunities to have more impact because of our national profile and a small team of highly dedicated staff, associates, freelancers and trustees.

We are lucky to also have a wide range of partners and supporters who believe in Getting on Board’s mission and work with us to amplify our campaigns and increase our reach.

We have a clear strategy and need a new Chief Executive to help us build the connections, relationships and partnerships that will drive our income and ensure that we can deliver on our ambitions.

In other words, we know that there are corporate partners who would love us to train their staff as trustees, we just need to reach out to them. We know that charities are interested in diversifying their boards, we just need to teach them how. We know that significant numbers of people care about volunteering and want to become trustees, they just need to know how and be able to access opportunities. We also know that charities struggle to recruit trustees, and we can help them get better at it.

This is a broad role, as people who have worked in small, growing organisations with limited resources will understand. There is an inevitable mix of operational, strategic, and external facing activities, all of which contribute to our impact.

The Chief Executive role is increasingly focused on raising awareness and developing relationships to generate more income, so we can increase our impact. To this end, we are accelerating our plans to recruit an Operations Manager to move the operational activities, currently undertaken by the Chief Executive, to this new role. This means that there are lots of moving parts and change is occurring all the time, which will be exciting for the right person.

Who we are looking for.

Our ideal candidate recognises the positive impact a diverse and high-performing board of trustees can have on a charity. They also have a passion for helping others to see and achieve the benefits by raising awareness and advocating for trusteeship, diverse boards, good recruitment, and positive governance practices.

You’ll likely be a storyteller, an experienced advocate and skilled in income generation, and fundraising and have experience generating successful partnerships with a range of organisations.

Having had a leadership role in a small, ideally fast-growing, organisation you’ll appreciate what’s needed to manage business resources, the dynamics of limited resources and cash flow challenges and yet find ways to succeed in raising income.

This could be an excellent opportunity for a professional charity fundraiser or commercial director to step up to their first Chief Executive role. Equally, it could motivate somebody at another stage of their career wishing to have a real impact in a flexible/part-time role. We are extremely open to hearing from you whether your proposition is left-field, part-time, co-leadership (job share) or something else. We would love to have as diverse a field of candidates as possible to assess.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity, please email Grant Taylor, one of Getting on Board’s Co-Chairs:

Grant Taylor | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07958 690184

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Grant Taylor

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Welcome from Getting on Board's Co-Chairs

Welcome to Getting on Board.

We are delighted that you are considering applying for the Chief Executive role. We are deeply committed and excited about getting more people into trustee roles and creating more diverse and powerful charity boards. If you’re reading this, we’d expect that you are too.

The timing for recruiting a new Chief Executive is just right. Good governance and increasing board diversity have never been higher on the agenda for the charity sector, and opportunities to increase Getting on board’s impact are plentiful.

As an organisation, we are at a challenging, yet equally exciting stage of development. After significant growth in recent years, our level of future impact depends on both further developing our existing income streams and unlocking new sources of revenue. Our next Chief Executive will play a leading role in income generation and ensuring that we make the best use of those limited resources. Therefore, we are looking for someone who can match our energy and enthusiasm for the opportunity to excite others about Getting on Board and our purpose.

Penny Wilson, who is much known and loved in the sector, is a huge loss to Getting on Board. Yet, as ever, her awareness and humility have helped us to recognise that Getting on Board needs a different Chief Executive for the next phase of our development. We have taken her feedback and, with our brilliant board of trustees, constructed a new role profile with a greater emphasis on driving income, the experience of leading an organisation through growth and being predominantly externally facing with current and future partners.

Our aim is to continue to successfully grow Getting on Board and its impact, in a sustainable way. Feedback tells us that the quality of our work is exceptional, and we are not willing to compromise on those standards of delivery. You will therefore be able to provide leadership which enables us to attract more income at the same time as ensuring the continuing success of our programmes so that we maintain our strong reputation and brand.

You will lead a multi-disciplinary team, comprised of a small number of permanent staff and a broader associate and partner network. We are looking for a relationship builder and storyteller whose values align with ours. Our next Chief Executive has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape the evolution of this important charity and have a real impact on how trusteeship is viewed and understood in our society. Your work with both prospective trustees and charities will have an impact on the board diversity and the quality of governance across the charity sector; quite how much is in our hands together as we lead the charity forward over the next few years.

We look forward to receiving your application and hopefully meeting you in due course.

Grant Taylor & Julie Nerney

About Getting on Board

We are the only charity in the UK dedicated solely to improving charity board diversity to enable more effective decision making, better delivery of a charity’s services and the broader goal of creating a more equitable society.

We do this by working both with charities to improve their recruitment and governance practices, and simultaneously with individuals from groups under-represented on trustee boards to empower and equip them to become and serve as trustees.

“I wanted to say thank you for organising the session, it was excellent and made me really motivated to get involved in the charity sector … just one session made me more confident that I have something to offer as a trustee.”

We deliver training for potential trustees through partners of major corporations such as PA Consulting, BDO, M&G, as well as universities, charities and public sector organisations. These partnerships allow Getting on Board to engage a wide range of people with trusteeship, and we know that these organisations value the personal and professional development a trusteeship brings, combined with the chance for an individual to gain the satisfaction of giving back to a cause they care about.

We offer training in trustee recruitment and effectiveness to thousands of charity leaders through our Festival of Trusteeship and across our workshops and free webinar events.

We also deliver training for individual charities and networks such as Historic England, the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO) and Hospice UK. These partnerships are key to Getting on Board’s reach into the charity sector, particularly those where we have ongoing strategic relationships, such as with Arts Council England.

Our flagship programme for charities seeking to diversify their board is called Transform. Lloyds Bank Foundation and Trust for London supported some of their funded organisations through Transform and others buy the programme directly.

“My ideas about the need for diversity have been greatly expanded by this training and it has given me much food for reflection.”

We continue to campaign widely for trusteeship to be more accessible.

Our ‘Festival of Trusteeship’ delivering during Trustees Week has thousands of bookings, making this the largest gathering of trustees in the UK.

We have an outstanding board of trustees and a highly effective team of staff and associates. We are also supported by volunteers who sit on panels in our training, provide case studies and help the charity to form useful partnerships. The impact of this wider community which supports and amplifies the mission of Getting on Board cannot be under-stated. Volunteer panellists provide role models for people considering trusteeship and enable key aspects of trusteeship to be discussed and debated.

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    Grant Taylor | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07958 690184

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 20th May 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: By Wednesday 29th May 2024
    First stage interviews: Tuesday 4th June after 2 p.m. or Thursday 6th June between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (virtual)
    Second stage interviews: Tuesday 11th or Wednesday 12th June (London)

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

    Peridot and Getting on Board are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We will send you an equality monitoring survey at the point of receiving your application, in the interview phase and at the time of placement. This ensures that our processes remain inclusive and equitable throughout, and provides us with important data to help us showcase our impact. The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practices. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.

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