Are you our next Chair?

By the time of our AGM in December of this year, Caroline Schwaller will have served for six years as NAVCA chair, which is the maximum permitted under our constitution. We are now inviting NAVCA members, supporters, partners and friends to help us find our new Chair and to encourage thinking about suitable candidates for the post.

Caroline has led NAVCA through a period of great change and will leave us with a strong and cohesive board of trustees and an excellent staff team. 

This is a great time to join NAVCA's board as we move into our next phase of development, with the formation of a three year strategic plan, the recent launch of a revitalised and reshaped membership offer, and some ambitious plans to put local sector support and development firmly back at the heart of the movement for place based social action.

We can offer the experience of chairing a highly regarded national organisation, the opportunity to influence at the highest levels and the support of a skilled and experienced board and staff team. 

The role

As chair of a dynamic national organisation, part of the role will be outward facing - acting as our ambassador and representative to central government, to other national bodies and supporters, and to our members. 

Leading our highly skilled and experienced board, the chair will promote good governance and ensure that the board and staff team together achieve NAVCA's vision. 

A key element of the chair's role will be to support and advise the CEO. From time to time the chair will participate in operational matters, such as the recruitment of senior staff.

We would expect the chair to commit to around 2 days per month. Board meetings (4 per year) are rotated around the country – we aim to have a meeting in London, South West, North East and North West in addition to our AGM, usually held in December. 

Regular meetings with the CEO will be scheduled, and there is an expectation that the chair will attend other ad-hoc meetings and events.

The chair is elected by the members and will serve a three year term.

The person

Our ambition is to recruit a bold and confident strategic thinker, with a fresh and inclusive approach to leadership. 

Our new chair will: 

· have an inclusive and collegiate approach to leadership

· think strategically about NAVCA's future, ensuring that the interests of the wider sector guide our vision 

· be an articulate and confident ambassador for NAVCA with excellent public speaking, media and communication skills

· be a strong networker, with wide-ranging cross-sector connections at all levels, and across the political spectrum

· have leadership experience in keeping with the high profile nature of this position including: experience in a relevant governance/executive role, and experience of chairing meetings and committees

· have a firm grasp of the governance role of a board of trustees and the separation between strategic and operational matters

· believe in the value of an independent voluntary sector, and have an understanding of local voluntary action and the way it enhances community life

· be committed to promoting equality and social justice

· have a knowledge and understanding of membership organisations

· have a knowledge and understanding of the current policy and operating environment for the voluntary and community sector.

The Process 

The election of the chair of NAVCA is in the hands of the membership, and candidates must be nominated by a member organisation. 

In the interests of equalities and securing the best candidate the post will be widely promoted. 

Anyone can be nominated for chair (as long as they meet the criteria set out above). The nomination form and declaration can be downloaded below.

NAVCA's board of trustees will shortlist and interview nominated candidates, to ensure that proposed candidates fulfil our person specification.

The successful candidate will take up their role at the NAVCA AGM in Sheffield on 6th December 2018.

The Timetable

The post is being promoted through NAVCA’s networks and affiliates and advertising on various websites. 

Individuals who are interested in becoming chair must be nominated by a NAVCA member. If you wish to be nominated and are not connected with any NAVCA member, please contact Jane Ide, Chief Executive, on for advice.


Nominations open:  11th July 2018


Deadline for nominations: 5pm, 3rd August 2018

Nominated candidates shortlisted:  w/c 5th August 2018

Shortlisted candidates interviewed: w/c 19th August 2018


Voting opens: 28th August 2018


Voting closes: 14th September 2018


New Chair takes up role at AGM:  6th December 2018


Download the nomination form and candidate declaration here.  

Chair nomination form and declaration 2018 (docx)