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The Ripple Pond – Chair

Join our dynamic peer support charity and utilise your leadership skills and governance expertise to ensure sustainability and strategic growth of the charity as part of our small and passionate Board.

The Ripple Pond was set up by two mothers whose sons were both injured in Afghanistan, whilst serving their country. They recognised a clear need for support for the loved ones of those physically or emotionally injured whilst serving in the British Armed Forces. The Ripple Pond provides peer support to The Armed Forces community, this includes anyone over the age of 18 who is supporting a serving person or veteran and needs support for themselves. This small but unique charity is vital to our 700+ members and covers the whole of the UK. The charity is based in Aldershot, Hampshire, and Board meetings are either held in Aldershot, or London, at least four times a year. This role is a voluntary, but all reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

What will you be doing?

The duties of the Chair of the Board of Trustees include the following:

  • Providing leadership to the organisation and the Board, by ensuring that the Board operates within its charitable objectives and provides a clear strategic direction for the Charity
  • Ensuring that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfy itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities and manage and mitigate the risks
  • Ensuring that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure the sound financial health of the Charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability
  • Chairing meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision making process
  • Ensuring regular contact with the Director to maintain an overview of the Charity’s affairs and building a strong and effective working relationship with them. Ensuring they are held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives.
  • Representing the organisation at functions and meetings and acting as a spokesperson as appropriate.

For further details of the role and the person specification, please see the attached Role Description.

What difference will you make?

In this voluntary position you will play a leading role in strategically ushering the charity in to a new era, ensuring that this unique source of support is there for our beneficiaries when they need it most, now and for many years to come.

What’s in it for you?

You will have the opportunity to mould the next phase of The Ripple Pond’s future and help the charity to reach more beneficiaries and provide better support to those whom are quite often overlooked in the Armed Forces community. This is a period in the charity’s history where you can make a significant and lasting impact.

Before you apply

The tenure for this role is an initial period of three years. The Board would like to appoint someone as soon as possible and interviews will be arranged as suitable applicants apply. Once an expression of interest has been made regarding this position, we will arrange to meet with you in order to discuss the role further, your experience and availability.

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter of no more than one side of A4 to: Trustees@theripplepond.org

Thank you for your interest in this exciting role.

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