Chair of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity is a small charity with big ambitions. We support brain tumour patients/families in Yorkshire and invest in pioneering research in our region. Due to the timing of this appointment, this post represents a fantastic opportunity to shape the future of YBTC.
We’re looking for someone with experience of working as a chairperson to join us as our Chair of Trustees, to help provide excellent leadership and ensure that everyone remains focused on the delivery of the organisation’s charitable purposes.

Chair of Trustees
About YBTC:
Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity began in 2003. It was originally named ‘Andrea’s Gift’, set-up in memory of Andrea Key, who died from a brain tumour aged 42.  Our vision is to cure a devastating disease that affects so many people, of all ages and background. Whilst we’re working to find a cure, we provide the best patient and family support network we can. We fund dedicated research projects across Yorkshire into treating and curing child and adult brain tumours to try to change those statistics for the better. At the same time, we support patients, carers and their loved ones who are impacted by this devastating disease now through our specialist support services.

Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity is currently unincorporated. We are currently undergoing the process of moving the charity structure to a CIO, which will provide limited liability for Trustees to third parties. This process will take approximately 6 months to complete, and our current reserves policy is to cover 6 months of expenditure.

What we’re looking for:
Personal competencies
The YBTC Chair of Trustees is expected to demonstrate all the following personal competencies and the capacity to apply these to the strategic development of a local charity:

  • Time commitment is variable, but would be a maximum of 1 day per month
  • Ability to understand and accept the duties and liabilities of being a Chair of Trustees
  • Empathy with the vision, mission and strategic development of YBTC
  • A willingness and ability to devote the necessary time and effort

  • Ability to think and apply knowledge strategically and give direction to board policy-making.
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Ability to keep mission-focused
  • Developing the board of trustees including induction, training, appraisal and succession planning
  • Ability to analyse and evaluate management information and other evidence
  • Willingness to listen and learn 
Communication and team working
  • Chairing and facilitating board meetings
  • Representing the charity at functions and meetings
  • Bringing impartiality to decision-making
  • Ability to communicate clearly and sensitively and to take an active part in discussions
  • Addressing conflict within the board and within the organisation, and liaising with the Charity Director to achieve this
  • Ability to influence and engage
  • Working with the Charity Director to plan meeting cycles and plan agendas
  • Ability to lead a group effectively
  • Willing to express their own opinion in a reasoned way, while also listening to the views of others
  • Ability to challenge constructively and ask questions appropriately

  • Liaising with the Charity Director to keep an overview of the organisation’s affairs and to provide support as appropriate
  • Ability to exercise sound and independent judgement
  • Checking that decisions are implemented
  • Willingness to make and stand by collective decisions, including those which may be unpopular
  • Ability to manage difficult and/or challenging situations, sitting on appointment and disciplinary panels as required
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality on confidential and/or sensitive information
  • Leading the process of supporting and appraising the performance of the Charity Director
Skills and Experience
Management and Governance

  • A chairperson’s role of a similar organisation
Specialist Expertise
  • Charity Finance or Operations
  • Fundraising
  • Research Funding and the development of YBTC’s current funding strategy
  • Patient Support & Service
  • Human Resources or Legal
  • PR, Marketing & Communications
This is a voluntary position, allowable expenses would be covered.

Enquires: or to apply contact David Grant-Roberts,, 07436 272665
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