Chair of Trustees

Sharks Community Trust (SCT) is the charity partner of Sale Sharks Rugby Club.  Our Vision is to use the power of our sport to change lives throughout the North West.

We work hard every day to deliver change in our communities to people of all ages and abilities.

We work with over 15,000 people annually in three key areas: Community Inclusion, Education and Rugby Development. Our highly skilled, dynamic and passionate team now deliver over 50 community projects that change the lives of a huge spectrum of people across the North West: from children and young people right through to senior citizens.

We believe in the immense power of our sport to positively transform people’s lives. We believe the North West is a home to extraordinary people like you. This is your chance to be part of our story!

The charity is now looking to recruit a new Chair of Trustees to lead the charity in its next stage of development, building on the current strong programming to ensure the Trust is one of the leading providers of health, education and sporting activities in the North West.

Remuneration: The role of Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed

Time commitment: Minimum five Board meetings per year. The Chair is also expected to have regular meetings with the Vice Chair, CEO, members of the Trust team and also to represent the Charity at various events and meetings with key stakeholders

Reporting to: Board of Trustees

Closing date: Monday 15th August 2022


The Chair will hold the Board and Leadership Team to account for the Charity’s Vision, Purpose and Values, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each Trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive Officer and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Leadership Team of the Charity to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer.

Principal Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership:

  • Provide leadership to the Charity and its Board, ensuring that the Charity delivers maximum impact to its beneficiaries
  • Monitor the performance and impact of the Trustees in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the Charity
  • Ensure that the Board operates within its charitable objectives, and provides a clear strategic direction for the Charity
  • Put arrangements in place so that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfy itself that it can take advantage of opportunities, and manage and mitigate the risks
  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to maintain sound financial health of the Charity, with systems in place to allow financial accountability
  • Ensure that the Trustees set strategic objectives in the short, medium and long term in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer and staff
  • Work in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer helping him or her deliver the Vision, Purpose and Values of the organisation
  • Ensure that, where appropriate, monies are invested to the greatest benefit of the organisation within the constraints of the law and that the Trust complies with the Charity Commission’s guidance: “Charity reporting and accounting: the essentials (CC15c)” arranging for either an independent examination or audit of the accounts as required.


  • Ensure that governance arrangements are working in the most effective way for the Charity
  • Ensure that the charity acts in accordance with its Articles of Association
  • Encourage positive change and, where appropriate, address and resolve Board conflicts
  • Appraise the performance of the Trustees and the Board on an annual basis
  • Regularly review the Board of Trustees incorporating the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to lead the Charity effectively reflecting the wider North West population
  • Work in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer and nominated Trustees to recruit Trustees with specific/relevant expertise
  • Work within any agreed policies adopted by the Charity
  • Ensure that the Trustee body annually reviews its structure, role, relationship to staff and implements agreed changes as necessary.

Efficiency and Effectiveness

  • Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision making process
  • Ensure Trustees are fully engaged and all decisions are taken in the best, long-term interests of the Charity with the Board taking collective ownership
  • Foster and maintain constructive relationships with and between the Trustees
  • Work closely with the Chief Executive Officer to give direction to Board policymaking and to ensure that meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of Trustees
  • Monitor that decisions taken at meetings are implemented
  • Monitor progress of the organisation in light of its objectives.

Relationship with the CEO and the Senior Leadership Team

  • Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Chief Executive Officer, as s/he is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives
  • Support the Chief Executive Officer, whilst respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles
  • Maintain regular contact with the Chief Executive Officer and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationship within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges
  • Liaise with the Chief Executive Officer to maintain an overview of the Charity’s affairs, providing support as necessary
  • Support, monitor and review the work of the Chief Executive Officer and conduct an annual appraisal and remuneration review for them in consultation with other Trustees
  • Ensure that the Chief Executive Officer has the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate external professional support
  • With the Chief Executive Officer and nominated Trustees, define and apply assessment criteria for the staff team
  • In conjunction with other nominated Trustees, ensure that the organisation has appropriate procedures and policies in place
  • Comply with current employment and equal opportunities legislation and good practice
  • With the Chief Executive Officer and nominated Trustees, advertise, interview and select senior leadership staff
  • Receive regular progress reports of the organisation’s work through the Chief Executive Officer
  • Reflect to the Trustees any concerns staff have in regard to the role of the Trustee body, its sub-committees or members; relate the concerns of the Trustee body and other constituencies to the Chief Executive Officer
  • In consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, agree an annual calendar of meetings of the Trustees and major events for the organisation
  • Through the Chief Executive Officer, ensure regular written communications between the Trustee body and the staff group

The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Chair will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.

External Relations

  • Act as an ambassador for the cause and the Charity and an advocate of its Vision, Mission and Values 
  • Support the Chief Executive Officer in fostering, developing and maintaining key relationships with programme sponsors and donors and staff at Sale Sharks
  • Maintain close relationships with key influencers
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate
  • Represent the charity at external functions, meetings and events
  • Facilitate change and address any potential conflict with external stakeholders

To apply

Please send your CV and letter of application to by 5pm on Monday 15th August.  Interviews will be held w/c 22nd August.  It is hoped the successful candidate will take up the post at the Trust’s AGM on the 15th September.