Vacancy: Chair of the Board of Trustees

1.5-2 days per week    Based Farnborough

Being able to communicate is one of the most important life skills. Almost everything we do involves communication: everyday tasks such as learning at school, asking for food and drink, sorting out problems, making friends and having fun. These all rely on our ability to communicate with each other.

Established in the 1970’s, the Makaton language programme is widely recognised internationally. Makaton uses signs, symbols and speech to help people communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech in spoken word order, which helps provide extra clues about what someone is saying. With Makaton, children and adults can communicate straightaway with signs and symbols. For those who have experienced the frustration of being unable to communicate meaningfully or effectively, Makaton opens up all kinds of possibilities by enabling people to connect with others and with the world around them.

We are seeking a new Chair who can provide the clear strategic leadership, support and stewardship we need at a particularly important time in our development. With a new and exciting vision and strategy in place, you will ensure that our organisation is both positioned and equipped to deliver our ambitions. You will lead a committed, diverse Trustee Board and work with our Chief Executive, Stephen Hall, to address the opportunities and challenges that arise in our environment as we deliver a step change in both reach and impact.

We are open to applicants from all sector backgrounds who are clear, effective and inclusive leaders and can see the role Makaton really plays in changing lives. You may have served on the board of another children’s or communication charity, or perhaps your background is in Health and Social Care, Education or government. Whatever your achievements, and wherever you are now, you will offer direct experience as a trustee, ideally as Chair or Vice-Chair, and will understand the strategic, governance and fiduciary responsibilities inherent in the role.

We are looking for someone with exceptional communication, interpersonal and ambassadorial skills, who inspires and motivates others. In return for your skills, insight and commitment, we are offering an outstanding and fulfilling opportunity to help take our charity to new levels.

To find out more visit or to arrange an informal, confidential discussion about the role please contact Juliet Taylor on 0203 971 0832.

Closing date: Monday 16th September 2019

18th July 2019

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