About Us

Hibiscus Initiatives is a passionate, women-centred organisation, delivering high impact advocacy and advice services to Black, minoritised, and migrant women at the intersection of the criminal justice and immigration systems. Based at Hibiscus Women’s Centre in Holloway Road, our Community Team provides holistic, trauma-informed and gender-responsive support to women from across the London area.

Hibiscus is committed to the well-being and development of our staff. We provide regular training and other learning opportunities and offer well-being classes and activities, clinical supervision, an Employee Assistance Program and other benefits to support staff wellbeing.

About the Role

We are now looking for a Chair to lead Hibiscus Initiatives’ Board of Trustees.

This voluntary role will provide leadership and direction to the board of Trustees to enable the Board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity. They will work in partnership with the Chief Executive to support Hibiscus’ employees, helping them achieve the aims of the charity and to optimise the relationship between the board of Trustees and staff.

The Chair will be responsible for leading other Board members to fulfil their responsibilities and encourage participation in training/coaching/development to enhance the overall contribution of the board. They will assume guardianship of the legal and financial integrity of the charity, and consult with the CEO on matters of strategy, governance, finance and HR. The Chair will provide line management to the Chief Executive and work closely with senior management.

Salary
Voluntary, with reasonable expenses and training costs reimbursed

Responsible for
Board of Trustees, CEO

Duration
Three-year initial term, renewable twice. Trustees can serve for a maximum of nine years

Location
Remote

Hours
The Board meets at least 4 times a year with pre-reading as well as ongoing communications and line management of the CEO also required.

In addition to Board Meetings there may be some attendance on subcommittees and occasional working group meetings, the Chair will be available to the Chief Executive.

It is anticipated that the total commitment will amount to 2 days per month.

About You

We are particularly keen to attract candidates from Black and minoritised communities and those with lived experience of immigration, the criminal justice systems, and/or gender-based violence.  

The successful candidate will have significant prior experience of committee/trustee work. The candidate will demonstrate a clear understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship and a commitment to the charity’s objects, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities. They will demonstrate good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the charity and external environment. 

As Chair of the Board of Trustees, they will have good communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to respect the confidences of colleague, balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge constructively as required. 

They will also have an understanding of one of more of Hibiscus’ key work areas – criminal justice, immigration and migrants’ rights, racial justice, and/or gender-based violence/gender justice. This will help the Chair to deliver a strategic and forward-looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects and aims.   

To Apply 

Please download the Job Description below and carefully read through the information provided regarding the role and person specification:

ABOUT THE PROCESS

We are committed to open trustee recruitment because:

  • It fits with our principles on diversity, equity, and inclusion which we employ across all our recruitment
  • Boards are more effective, able to make better, more rounded decisions and think more creatively the more diverse they are in terms of professional and personal experience
  • It means we can reach a far wider pool of potential trustees and better target the specific skills, knowledge, experience, and other qualities that we need
  • Investing in the future leadership of Hibiscus will enable us as a charity to do even more to support the people we’re set up to help

To apply to become Chair at Hibiscus Initiatives, please upload the following documents to Prospectus’ website: 

  • Your CV, drawing out relevant experience for the role. 
  • A supporting statement of up to 1,000 words that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification.    

Please ensure that you have included a telephone number, as well as any dates when you will not be available or might have difficulty with the recruitment timetable. 

Applications via the Prospectus website should be made at: 

If you wish to apply using an alternative format please contact Prospectus on:

020 7691 1920 or email executive.admin@prospect-us.co.uk
Please also notify us if you require a postal application. 

Recruitment Timetable

Deadline for applications | Wednesday 28th February 2024

Initial Hibiscus interview | w/c 11th March 2024

Meeting with Hibiscus stakeholders | 20-22nd March 2024

Interview with Hibiscus | 23/24th March 2024

At Prospectus we believe passionately that a truly inclusive workplace leads to increased social impact. We are committed to supporting our clients build more inclusive teams. To understand how we are performing, we ask that you kindly complete the brief equal opportunities questionnaire when you submit your application via our website. Please be assured that your responses are kept confidential, separate from your candidate record, are not part of any application you make, and that the consultants never see individual responses to the questionnaire.

Queries 

If you have any queries or wish to have an informal discussion about the opportunity, please contact our retained advisors Anna Gardet or Hayley Sheldon via email:  

Please note that we may close vacancies early if suitable candidates are found and/or a sufficient number of candidates have applied. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

If we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months, and future vacancies requiring the same skills and experience could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition.

If you do not want Hibiscus to retain your CV on file, please state so in your application when you send your CV and Cover Letter.