Chair of Trustees

Location: Remote position
Closing Date: 11th Jun 2023
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Employment Type: Volunteer

We are at a critical time in the development of the LGBT+ voluntary and community sector. With the difficulties of the current climate come exciting opportunities to make a significant difference.

We are looking for a Chair of Trustees to lead Consortium in the next stage of our journey. The current Chair is coming to the end of his term with Consortium after several years of further development in the organisation’s strategy, governance practices, reach and influence. We are now looking for a new Chair who will continue to support and make a positive impact on the LGBT+ third sector in the UK. This is a crucial time for the organisation, and the LGBT+ sector as a whole, as we fight to prevent the rollback of hard-fought rights.

Chairing Consortium offers a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth within an exciting and dynamic charity at the heart of the LGBT+ third sector in the UK. We host the largest network of LGBT+ groups, projects and organisations in the UK. We are looking for a Chair who is passionate about our ambition for a well-resourced, resilient, sustainable and diverse LGBT+ third sector; and who believes that we are stronger when we work together. If this could be you, we would love to hear from you.

The Chair may act as a figurehead of the organisation and represent it at functions, meetings and in the press and broadcasting media. Other tasks include authorising action to be taken between meetings of the full board, engaging in planning conversations and signing of key legal documents (e.g., grant agreements).

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If, after reading the recruitment pack, you would like some more information, or want to get more of a sense of what we are about, please do email our CEO Paul Roberts at [email protected] or our current Chair Christopher French on [email protected].

How to apply

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 11 June 2023. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 19 June 2023.

To apply, please complete the short application form below and provide the following:

  • A cover letter (of no more than two sides of A4), outlining why you think you’re right to Chair the board of Consortium.
  • An up-to-date CV.


If you have a disability and require assistance, please let us know.

Applicants will be shortlisted based on the information provided within their CV and cover letter, and interviews will be offered to those who are most suitable in terms of relevant experience and ability. It is essential, therefore, that you fully demonstrate in your CV and cover letter how you meet the eligibility criteria, giving specific examples as appropriate.

Following our recruitment process, the successful candidate will be invited to attend a trustee meeting in August. The final decision for appointment of the Chair rests with the Board as a whole and will be made at the end of that meeting. The decision must then be ratified by Members at the next AGM.

Thank you for your interest in this incredibly important role – we really do hope you will consider being part of Consortium’s amazing journey.

A copy of our privacy policy (which explains how we use and store your personal information) can be found here.

  • Section 1: Personal Details

  • Section 2: Supporting Documents

  • Please ensure your cover letter outlines why you think you’re right to Chair the board of Consortium. No more than two sides of A4 please.
    Max. file size: 512 MB.
  • Please ensure your CV is up-to-date.
    Max. file size: 512 MB.
  • Section 3: Trustee Eligibility and Responsibility

  • By completing and signing this form, you declare that, if successful in being recruited as a Trustee for Consortium, you:
    • are willing to act as a trustee of The Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Voluntary and Community Organisations (also known as Consortium)
    • understand Consortium’s purposes (objects) and rules set out in its governing document
    • are not prevented from acting as a trustee because you:
      • have an unspent conviction for one or more of the offences listed here*
      • have an IVA, debt relief order and/or a bankruptcy order
      • have been removed as a trustee in England, Scotland or Wales (by the Charity Commission or Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator)
      • have been removed from being in the management or control of any body in Scotland (under relevant legislation)
      • have been disqualified by the Charity Commission
      • are a disqualified company director
      • are a designated person for the purposes of antiterrorism legislation
      • are on the sex offenders register
      • have been found in contempt of court for making (or causing to be made) a false statement
      • have been found guilty of disobedience to an order or direction of the Charity Commission
  • Please type your full name to digitally sign your application.

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