Vacancy – Chair of Trustees


The current Chair of Trustees, appointed in May 2015, has advised the Board that he wishes to leave this voluntary role by 30th April 2023, at the latest.   However, he would prefer to leave  before that date, once a replacement can be found, followed by a satisfactory handover period during which the outgoing Chair will provide full support to the incoming Chair.

The Trustees of Heene Community Centre, a Charity, play a vital role in ensuring that the Community Centre achieves its purpose of providing a safe and welcoming place for training, learning, recreation and leisure, for all members of the local community, and those further afield.   The Community Centre has 9 rooms for hire, a garden and a thriving Cafe.  

In 2019, the Centre received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Centre employs 3 full time and 8 part time staff and is managed on a day-to-day basis by the Centre Manager.   The Cafe has its own Cafe Manager.   Both managers’ report directly to the Trustees.   The building is owned by Worthing Borough Council and leased to the Charity.   There are currently seven Trustees including the Chair, Vice Chair/Treasurer, Secretary and Honorary President.   The Centre is well established in the local area and opened in 1984.

The Centre is extremely busy and runs classes in addition to hiring rooms to hirers.   It is estimated that over 2,000 people a week visit the Centre.   Income for the current year is forecast to be in the region of £225,000 to £250,000.   The Centre receives no outside funding, and its income is solely generated by the hiring of its rooms, the income from the Cafe and the income from two fairs held in the summer and at Christmas.  

The Chair provides leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that it fulfils its responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, as well as oversight and scrutiny of the charity’s operations.

Chair of Trustees role

•         Provide strategic leadership to the Board of Trustees.

•         Ensure that policies, crafted and articulated by trustees and management, are in line with Heene Community Centre’s values and with the principles of good administration.

•         Ensure that procedures are in place for activities and internal operations that comply with the principles of good administration.

•         Chair meetings, with an eye to reaching decisions after due discussion. Ensure full participation, faithful recording, and adherence to time limits.

•         Represent the organisation as a figurehead, and delegate the function when appropriate.

•         Carry out the duties delegated by the trustees to the Chair as appropriate. Review supplier contracts and renegotiate as required.

•         Dealing with any staff issues, in conjunction with Trustees, and advice provided by the HR company.

•         Liaise with the Charity’s Accountants as required.

•         Liaise with Worthing Borough Council as required.

•         To attend meetings of the Board of Trustees and contribute to discussions and to review the minutes once circulated.

•         To participate with the other trustees in articulating and approving policies for the governance, strategic direction and financing of  Heene Community Centre.

•         Review and approve Heene Community Centre’s financial statements.

•         To exercise powers of delegation to enable projects and activities to be managed by volunteers (including trustees in other roles), and paid staff.

•         Report annually to the Charity Commission and adhere to its code of conduct.

The following experience is desirable, but not essential, as support will be provided

•         Experience with ideally a business or financial background.  

•         Experience of working at board, trustee, or committee level, you do not need to have been a Chair before.

•         Strategic vision.

•         Experience of charity governance, policy and chairing meetings.

•         Financial management understanding to work with the Treasurer and a broad understanding of charity finance issues.

•         Good understanding of charity governance issues.

•         Exhibit strong communication skills.

•         Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment.

•         Use of independent judgement to promote and protect Heene Community Centre’s interests

•         Ability to think creatively and strategically

•         Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussion.

•         A strong personal commitment to the values of the Heene Community Centre.

•         An understanding of Heene Community Centre and the local area.

Terms of appointment

Terms of office, Trustees are appointed for a 1-year term of office, and are renewed each year. This is a voluntary position.

Time commitment

•         Half to one day a week.

•         Trustee meetings are held every 6 weeks on a Wednesday afternoon at 2pm.

•         The AGM is held once a year after a Trustee meeting.

For further details, or an informal chat, please contact the current Chair of Trustees, Nigel Barden.