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Create Paisley Seek Chairperson

Member News 17th January 2020

POSITION: Chairperson
RESPONSIBLE FOR: Leadership of the Board of Directors
TIME COMMITMENT: On average, 7 hours per month – Board meetings typically take place in the
evenings (current Tuesdays) every two months. The chairperson would also meet
with the Project Manager for around one hour per month.

 

Established in 2009, CREATE Paisley (CREATE) is an innovative youth project at the heart of
Renfrewshire (Paisley) which seeks to see young people transformed through creativity,
community, confidence and finding their voice.

CREATE is founded upon a Christian ethos. The events and activities which CREATE run, are not
evangelistic, but are underpinned by four of what we believe are God’s values in the world; creativity,
community, confidence and voice.

CREATE has worked with thousands of young people over the last 10 years, providing safe, creative
spaces and opportunities for young people through youth drop ins, open mic nights, creative arts
workshops, youth forums, youth volunteering and supporting young people to make a difference.

CREATE’s activities are supported by a Project Manager and a dedicated team of 30 volunteers.
As a result of a strategic review in 2018-19, CREATE developed a new vision statement, social
objectives and 3 year strategic plan (2019-22) with ambitious goals to reach our vision through
developing our staffing team, income generation whilst ensuring we maintain our community
development approach and that programmes and approaches reflect the current needs.

Over the last year, we have made significant strides in these strategic objectives growing our staff,
volunteer and trustee teams, developing new income streams, attracting multi-year funding and
supporting new partnerships to grow new and existing work.

 

We currently have an exciting opportunity to recruit a Chairperson to join the Board of CREATE. We
are looking for a gifted individual who has an interest in enriching the lives of young people in Paisley
through partnering in our vision and values and offering their skills and experience to help the board
lead the organisation in its growth and development.

The Chairperson will have a strategic role to play in representing the vision and purpose of the
organisation and will carry out the following responsibilities:
1. Provide organisational leadership
2. Ensure the board functions properly
3. Support and supervise senior staff
4. Represent the organisation

 

Provide organisational leadership
● To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company
law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
● To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
● To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
● To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
● To review governance performance and skills
● To plan for recruitment and renewal of the board
● To ensure the financial stability of the organisation
● To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the
charity’s funds
● To coordinate the committee to ensure trustees take responsibility and accountable for the
delivery of particular aspects of the work of the board (financial control, fundraising, policy,
risk management etc.)

Ensure the board functions properly
● To chair and facilitate board meetings
● To set agendas for board meetings, ensuring meetings are efficient and are focussed to
address priority issues
● To scrutinise board papers
● To lead discussions
● To provide guidance and direction to the board
● To plan the annual cycle of board meetings
● To give direction on policy-making
● To monitor decisions taken at meetings are implemented

Support and supervise senior staff
● To directly line manage the Project Manager
● To lead the process of appraising the performance of the Project Manager
● To liaise with the Project Manager to keep an overview of the organisation’s affairs and to
provide support as appropriate
● To sit on appointment and disciplinary panels where necessary
● To liaise with the Project Manager to develop the board of trustees
Represent the organisation
● To communicate effectively the vision and purpose of the organisation
● To advocate for and represent the organisation at external meetings and events
● To be aware of current issues that might affect the organisation

 

● Commitment to the organisation
● In agreement with the values and ethos and a vision to promote this within the organisation
● Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
● Strategic vision
● Good leadership skills.
● Good communication and interpersonal skills
● Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
● To bring impartiality and objectivity to decision-making
● Ability to think creatively and problem solve
● Ability to ensure decisions are taken and followed-up
● Good time-keeping
● Tact and diplomacy
● Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
● Experience of working on a committee / boards
● Understanding of the roles/responsibilities of a management committee
● Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
● Experience of organisational and people management
● Knowledge of the operating environment for charities in Scotland

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