Vacancy: Churches Together in England – Chair of Trustees : closing date 14 Apr

CTE is looking for a creative and strategic leader. The successful candidate must identify with CTE’s mission to be a visible sign of the churches’ commitment to one another. Applications close at midnight on Sunday 14 April.

We are looking for a new Chair of Trustees and Convenor of the Enabling Group of Churches Together in England who has a heart for ecumenism and a head for governance.

Main responsibilities

  • Providing leadership and guidance to the Board of Trustees in setting the strategy for CTE, ensuring that priorities are clearly set out and providing oversight and governance of the organisation.
  • Directing the business of the Board, agreeing agendas, and chairing and facilitating board meetings, encouraging a strong collegiate working environment where all Trustees contribute their skills, experience and opinions in order to achieve a high level of scrutiny and oversight.
  • Setting clear expectations for culture, values and behaviours and ensuring that these are embedded with appropriate structures and processes.
  • Representing the organisation publicly and at events, meetings, or functions and being credible as an ambassador for CTE internally and externally with key stakeholders including the media, policymakers, funders and the Government.
  • Ensuring the financial viability and long-term sustainability of the charity.
  • Providing leadership and support to the General Secretary and holding them to account for the effective management and delivery of the organisation’s strategic aims and objectives.
  • Maintaining the Trustees’ commitment to Board diversity, renewal, and succession planning in line with best practice.
  • Ensuring that the Board of Trustees has the right mix of knowledge, skills, and experience through periodic reviews to highlight individual and Board training needs; ensure assessment of individual and Board effectiveness.

In addition to the responsibilities held as Chair, the role also has general Trustee responsibilities. Trustees play a vital role in making sure that CTE achieves its core charitable purpose. They oversee the overall management and administration of the charity. They ensure that the charity has a clear strategy and that our work and goals are in line with our vision. They support and challenge the staff team to enable CTE to grow and thrive. Board members have a collective responsibility, which means that Trustees always act as a group and not as individuals.

Download the recruitment pack with full details (pdf)

This is a voluntary role, but expenses will be paid, and we anticipate a minimum time commitment equivalent to around three days per month, following an initial period of induction.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please email the Company Secretary of CTE and Chair of the search group, Richard Bradbury.

How to apply

If you are interested in this role, please send a CV and covering letter to Lorraine Shannon at and kindly complete the equal opportunities monitoring form via this link.

Closing date for applications: midnight on Sunday 14 April 2024.

Interviews: will be held during April / May (date tbc).

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