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About the organisation

Active Sussex works to increase physical activity levels in Sussex, taking a collaborative approach with partners to create the conditions that give everyone the opportunity to live active and healthier lives. Our goal is that everyone across Sussex can access the health and wellbeing benefits of being active.

About the role

To effectively carry out their role, the Independent Chair of the Board of Trustees will be:

  • Setting the agenda: the agenda should take full account of the issues and the concerns of all directors. Agendas should be forward looking and concentrate on strategy and developing the Trust, rather than focusing on management issues
  • Ensuring that directors receive accurate, timely and clear information: to enable the Board to make sound decisions, monitor effectively and provide advce to promote the success of the county
  • Managing Board meetings: to ensure that sufficient time is allowed for discussion of issues, and where appropriate, arranging informal meetings beforehand to enable thorough preparation for the Board discussion. It is particularly important that directors have sufficient time to consider critical issues and are not faced with unrealistic deadlines for decision making
  • Regular liaison with the Chief Executive of the Trust: to stay engaged and up to date
  • Member development: taking the lead in inducting and developing individual directors, with a view to enhancing the Board's overall effectiveness

Time Commitment:

  • Induction training
  • Four Board meetings annually
  • Two Trust events annually including AGM
  • One annual Board away day
  • Chair to represent the Trust on working groups, conferences and events
  • Regular contact with the Board members (trustees), Chief Executive and core staff of the Trust


Our ideal candidate

We are seeking individuals with the skills, experience and qualifications in Financial Management and Accounting, Human Resources and engaging and listening to communities.

What’s in it for you

The Active Sussex Board is made up of a group of volunteer Non-Executive Directors who commit time and energy to supporting the team that makes an impact on the lives and wellbeing of people from across Sussex. They bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, but have the same passion and common interest in how they do this for the benefit of the organisation. There is no right or wrong background for this voluntary role and the Trust is keen to harness the passion and interest you have for the benefit of people in Sussex. In the recruitment pack on the website you will find detailed information about Active Sussex, the role of the Board, along with details of the selection process to assist you in completing your application. Please read the information provided in the recruitment pack as it will give you an insight into the skills and experience we are seeking and what to expect if you are successful. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Independent Chair

Active Sussex

Apply by

10 Jun 2024







Time commitment

1-3 hours per week
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