Chair of Management Committee (trustees)

Plymouth Play Association

Name: Chair of Management Committee (trustees)
Organisation: Plymouth Play Association
Location: Union Street, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3HB
Type: Part Time


The role of the Chair is to provide leadership and direction to the board of Trustees. The Chair’s aim is to enable the board to fulfill their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of Plymouth Play Association.(herein to be called the organisation)
The Chair will ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document (Plymouth Play Association constitution), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations and to make sure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
The Chair's role is also to work in partnership with the senior paid staff member and support the employees, and volunteers helping them achieve the aims of the organisation; and to optimise the relationship between the board of Trustees and the staff.
In addition to the general responsibilities of a trustee the Chair has a number of tasks specific to their role.
1. Main Responsibilities of the Chair
- providing leadership for the committee in their role of setting the strategy and policy of the organisation
- planning the annual cycle of committee meetings and set the agendas
- chairing and facilitating the committee meetings
- giving directions to board policy making
- monitoring that the decisions taken at board meetings are implemented
- representing the organisation at appropriate events, meetings or functions acting as a spokesperson for the organisation where appropriate
Where staff are employed
- liaising with senior paid staff member to keep an overview of the organisation’s affairs and to provide support as appropriate reviewing and appraising the performance of the senior paid staff member
- sitting on appointment panels as required
- acting as final stage adjudicator for disciplinary and grievance procedures if required
- attending and being a member of other committees or working groups when appropriate in role as Chair

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Organisation Description

We are a voluntary organisation committed to providing advice & resources to promote quality play for children and young people in their families or in organisations.

We have an extensive Toy Library with items for hire to members. Anyone can be a member. We also have an Art Shop and Scrap Store providing a wide range of art & craft materials for individuals and groups.

We run craft workshops and play activities for children at citywide events e.g. Lord Mayor's Day and National Playday.


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Cause / Interests

  • Art and Culture
  • Children

Types of Activity

  • Business, Management and Research
  • Trusteeship and Committee Work

Skills and Qualifications


- Commitment to the organisation
- Leadership ability
- Integrity, strategic vision and good/independent judgement
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as Chair and trustee ability to take decisions for the good of the organisation
- Good, independent judgement
- Good communication skills
- Tact and diplomacy
- Willingness to speak one’s mind and listen to the views of others
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
- Understanding of the legal responsibilities and liabilities of a trustee
- Prior experience of committee/trustee work
- Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation
- A wider involvement with the voluntary sector
Desirable experienceThe Board meets at least 13 times a year
- It is important that the Chair is able to visit the Plymouth Play Association and Resource Centre to see the senior paid staff member on a regular basis (and or be able to skype / phone call etc)
- In addition to committee Meetings, other contact – usually electronic or by telephone – will be necessary
- The time commitment for the Chair is expected to be equal to 2 days per month, on average


In return ... You get to be part of something special, help support a vibrant, supportive play organisation that offers a scrap store full of recycle, reduce and reuse opportunities for children, young and not so young people so that they can make and create, a place that offers toys and play equipment at affordable rates for day or weekly hire, a great staff team that run a variety of play based projects, an amazing range of volunteers who give their time freely to help us, an arts and crafts shop where you can buy all those fab extras that make your art and craft activities totally unique.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: NA
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References