Chair of the Board Vacancy

Shared Interest is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.  Operating like a cooperative we create the vital link between UK social investors and fair trade organisations needing finance to improve their livelihoods.  Sustainability is at the heart of what we do.  We offer unsecured loans which enable fair trade businesses in the developing world to purchase raw materials, pre finance orders and pay their workers in a timely and consistent manner. We lend to businesses that cannot usually access funds from conventional sources. Our approach is to take and share risk with these organisations because of the developmental benefit of lending in fair trade supply chains.

Due to the forthcoming retirement of our current Chair, we are seeking to recruit a new Non-Executive Chair to join our Board.  Complementing our existing team, you will play an important part in shaping our future, guiding the Board in setting our new strategic vision, following best practice and supporting us to build on our successes.  Candidates must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to organisations with social aims and objectives and an understanding and commitment to co-operative values.  You will need drive and enthusiasm, together with proven leadership, meeting facilitation and Chairing skills.  Previous experience as a Board Member in an organisation of similar size and complexity is essential.     

Remuneration equates to £4,250 p.a. plus additional expenses. 

If you, or anyone you know, could be interested in this opportunity, please contact Margaret Woodhouse for further information.

Closing Date for applications: Tuesday, 25th November

Interviews will be held in Newcastle on Wednesday, 17th December


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