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Chair, Board of Trustees, Christian Aid Ireland

Christian Aid Ireland


Chair, Board of Trustees, Christian Aid Ireland

Christian Aid Ireland is seeking to appoint a new Chair for its Board of Trustees, commencing October 2018. 

Christian Aid Ireland is an independent legal entity within Christian Aid and is part of a global movement of individuals and organisations passionately committed to ending poverty and social injustice. Our work is inspired by Christian values and a belief that everyone, regardless of faith, race, ethnicity, age, gender or other identity is entitled to live a full life, free from poverty and injustice. An essential part of these values is the obligation and responsibility on us all to tackle injustice whenever and wherever we find it.

This is an exciting time for Christian Aid Ireland; within the last two years we have developed our own Programme Strategy and taken the global lead for ‘Tackling Violence, Building Peace’, one of Christian Aid’s Strategic Change Objectives.   

Our work is underpinned by a Christian conviction of the humanitarian obligation to work with people of all faiths and none. We are seeking someone for the role of Chair who shares our values and our ambition to end poverty, and who will use her/his senior leadership experience, international perspective and faith to lead the Board, support the CEO and play a key role in engaging our broad range of stakeholders. This is an exciting challenge and an opportunity to help drive the performance of the whole Board and ensure Christian Aid Ireland’s values are upheld.

Terms of Appointment

  • The Chair is appointed for a 4–year term and is eligible for one further 4–year term after that.
  • The role is unpaid/voluntary but reasonable expenses incurred whilst fulfilling the duties of the role will be reimbursed.
  • There are 4 board meetings per year, plus attendance at the AGM and an annual 2–day residential meeting.
  • The Chair also has regular 121s with the CEO and represents Ireland on the Christian Aid Board based in London which has 5 meetings and 1 residential per year.
  • The role requires some occasional international travel and attendance at key Christian Aid Ireland events. 

Further information and how to apply 

For a comprehensive role profile and further information including the latest Annual Report, Christian Aid Ireland Programme Strategy and Tackling Violence, Building Peace (TVBP) Strategy, please visit our website www.christian–aid.ie or if you would like to speak with the current Chair, Vice Chair or Chief Executive, please contact Jdonaldson@christian-aid.org.
In the first instance, please express your interest in the role by sending a full CV and covering letter, outlining your suitability for the role, to Vice Chair Dr Carol Ackah, c/o jdonaldson@christian-aid.org by 18 October 2017.