20th ANNIVERSARY YEAR October 2018-September 2019 Our MISSION: "Changing lives through Employment, Education, and Enterprise’’
Our VALUES: Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, Empowerment (PRIDE) About us
Action West London (AWL) is a vibrant and expanding West London charity, Limited Company, and social enterprise. We have a long track record of working in partnership with statutory, voluntary, community and private sector agencies across West London. We are aiming to be a key strategic, service delivery and financially sustainable charity and social enterprise serving the Boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham, Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon. Our key objectives are to help disadvantaged, unemployed individuals secure employment, improve their education and training, and/or help them set up in self-employment. We’ve supported thousands of people across West London and are determined to continue providing our valuable, practical services to help many more. The opportunity Our long serving and highly respected Chair, Rod Cahill, will be retiring from the role in December 2018. Rod has been a key support over 20 years steering and expanding Action Acton into Action West London, a dynamic, enterprising charity and social enterprise. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, committed individual interested in shaping the future strategic direction of this respected charity. We’re looking for someone committed to AWL’s Mission and Values, and who wants to expand life- changing opportunities for marginalised groups. The role needs someone with entrepreneurial flair, who has extensive networks, who can promote the charity’s work and who has the time to focus on strategy and delivery to build on our success. This is a great time to join Action West London as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary and look forward to our future. We want to develop our ‘mixed’ funding strategy and generate more earned income from our own social businesses, for example: our new fee-charging Action Talent Recruitment agency; and we are excited this year to be chosen by John Lewis plc as the charity to benefit from their Golf fundraising day, and we want to develop a range of other partnerships with more companies. The person we’re looking for The AWL Chair will have the strategic vision, skills and experience to lead the Board and the organisation. He/she will have the drive and enthusiasm to take on the challenge of shaping AWL’s future over the next 3-5 years. The Chair’s immediate priority will be to lead a strategic review and explore opportunities for growth and resilience through considering various options. This could be for the organisation to develop as it is, or engage in a group structure or merger, or possibly for a philanthropist to sponsor the charity and influence its direction. As well as applications from individuals who are well-connected and prepared to use their networks to support the organisation, a background in business start-up, social enterprise or corporate development is also relevant. The new Chair will have gravitas, be financially literate and will see this as a real opportunity to make a lasting difference to others, and have the skills to work in partnership with Board members, the Chief Executive and Action West London’s staff team.
RECRUITMENT TIMETABLE Please send: current comprehensive CV, detailing your track record supporting statement highlighting your motivation for applying and how you meet the listed criteria Details of two referees ( not contacted without your consent) Please apply by Monday 8th October. This, like most trustee roles, is unremunerated.