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Chair, Board of Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th November 2023

  • Advertised from 10th November 2023


Are you passionate about young people and their well-being?

The Junction is an award-winning charity that takes a holistic approach towards young people’s health and well-being. Our vision is for all young people to achieve their full potential.

We work with 12-21 year olds in North East Edinburgh offering one-to-one support, counselling and creative projects to support their wellbeing by helping them explore their life choices.

Vacancy: Chair, Board of Trustees

We are looking for a committed individual to join as our Chair on the board of Trustees from January 2024. This is an incredible opportunity to make a difference with The Junction, playing a key role in progressing our vision forward whilst partnering with our Director and our board.

Our Chair is a core leadership in the organisation, responsible for connecting and leading relationships between the Director and the Board. The Chair may also represent the organisation at external events and meetings, act as a signatory on behalf of The Junction, and take part in recruitment for the board and senior appointments in the staff team.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with previous Trustee, Board and or/committee experience. There are many important qualities that this role requires and the ideal candidate joining will have previous leadership experience, willingness to ask questions, share our values of equality, transparency and community as well as their time commitment to the role. If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.


Some of the tasks can include:

  • Reviewing agendas for the meeting in consultation with the staff and other trustees
  • Ensuring meetings are run efficiently, and discussion and decision-making is democratic and fully participative
  • Holding the casting vote in the event of a split decision
  • Ensuring that AGMs are carried out according to the governing document
  • Ensuring structure is in place for board activity and that these are reviewed regularly, ensuring the board is able to run effectively
  • Manage relationship with the Director of The Junction and act as a representative of the charity at external events
  • Signatory responsibilities

Key attributes, skills and experience

  • Experience chairing a board or committee, experience doing this in charity sector is desirable
  • Current or previous experience serving as a trustee or committee member
  • Willingness to ask questions and curiosity
  • Shared values of equality, transparency and community
  • Time commitment to carry out duties
  • Ability to build and sustain relationships across board and staff team
  • Accountability and resilience

Time commitment

Duties/tasks for the year include:

  • Attend 4 board meetings a year (quarterly)
  • Attend or dial-in to 4 informal trustee meetings with board members
  • Contribute to sub-groups that meets roughly 4 times - a team of staff and board members
  • Regular check in calls with the Director
  • Attend 2 Development Days with staff and/or trustees (usually but not always a Saturday in Spring and Autumn)
  • External events (ad hoc)

Application notes

If you are interested in this opportunity, and looking to contribute to a community, please submit an expression of interest to who will be able to share more about this opportunity.

If you wish to apply, please send a C.V and cover letter to:

Interviews: There will be 2 interviews conducted with candidates in November 2023, dates tbc

Start date: January 2024, date tbc

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