GWNI recruitment for Chair of our Board

Changing places, changing lives: making things better from the ground up

Established in 1991, Groundwork Northern Ireland is a community development and regeneration charity with an exceptional track record across Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of the Republic of Ireland.  Our vision is “Empowered communities grown from the ground up, that are sustainable, happy and healthy places to live, work and play.”

Big global issues – the economy, the environment – have a big local impact. We work across Northern Ireland helping communities find practical solutions to the challenges they face.

We provide training and create jobs, re-connect people with nature and transform community spaces. Step by step we’ll go on changing places and changing lives until every community is strong enough to shape its own destiny and everyone can reach their potential.

 We are seeking to recruit a Chair to support and sustain the leadership of our organisation as we work to meet the challenges of our communities, and our sector.  The chair will lead a Board comprising of elected members, co-opted members and advisors to support the CEO and wider staff team to deliver on the strategic objectives of Groundwork NI.  This is a key role suitable for a high calibre candidate who is already proven in the following areas:

  • A minimum of 3 years ‘Board’ level experience
  • Demonstrable experience of being highly engaged and offering sufficient time and commitment to fulfil the role effectively
  • Chairing high level meetings, supporting a CEO and Board colleagues
  • Monitoring Board performance using creative, analytical and problem-solving skills and annual board review processes.
  • Operating at a senior level advising or leading the growth of not-for-profit, government bodies or a private sector organisation.
  • An understanding of the political and policy landscape, and the ability to think strategically about business development and operational management in that context.
  • Ideally will have a blend of voluntary sector / public sector / private sector partnership experience.
  • A track record of strong stakeholder management.
  • An understanding of the voluntary / not-for-profit sector.

The Board and Committees meet four times annually and there is a strategic development day once per year.  All positions are voluntary and therefore unpaid; however, reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

If you are interested in joining our organisation please email your CV and a cover letter to our Chief Executive

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