Chair of the Board – London

Chair of the Board

FEAST With Us

London

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FEAST’s mission is to address food poverty sustainably. The charitable objectives are to improve nutrition and build community for and with people vulnerable to food poverty, and reduce food waste.

What will you be doing?

In response to the growing need, FEAST’s income has grown, and as such we have ambitious plans to expand our service to support those enduring food poverty. We are fortunate to be supported by loyal and new funders. 2023 is a transformative period for FEAST as we introduce new sustainable solutions promoting independence with nutrition, and complete research unveiling the specific dietary recommendations for vulnerable people. Our new Chair will join us at a pivotal moment. You will have the ambition and strategic ability to steer FEAST through the fight against food poverty and food waste.

The Chair will enable the charity to achieve its objectives through effective oversight of organisation, and implementation of the strategy, working dynamically with the Board of Trustees (“the Board”), CEO, and Ops Team. FEAST is on the brink of significant growth as it addresses dietary inequalities in the UK, and is looking for an outstanding leader to secure our future success. 

What are we looking
for?

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in becoming the chair of FEAST With Us (FEAST)! We’re looking for passionate and talented people from diverse backgrounds to join the Board to help us achieve our mission to reduce food poverty and its root causes.

ESSENTIAL

  • A strong and visible passion and commitment to FEAST, its vision, mission and values
  • Ability to inspire and enthuse others to achieve the vision
  • Exhibit inter-personal and relationship-building abilities – comfortable in an ambassadorial role
  • Demonstrate tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and engage effectively
  • Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to commit time to the role, including travel and attending events out of business hours
  • Demonstrable positive approach to equality, diversity and inclusivity
  • Worked in or supported not-for-profit organisations or community-led projects 
  • Experience of working as part of a small team with multiple, diverse stakeholders
  • Has worked in or supported not-for-profit organisations or community-led projects
  • Experience of working as part of a small team with multiple stakeholders
  • Familiarity with charity governance processes

DESIRABLE

  • Legal skills and experience working with small charities
  • Accounting skills and experience working with small charities
  • Stewardship with corporations and marketing for small charities
  • Familiarity with available technology and effective use

What difference will you make?

FEAST has an effective and scalable model of community meals and healthy eating programming, and its services are increasingly needed more urgently than ever to reduce the rising cases of food poverty. 1.9million Londoners endure food poverty with 32% families attending food banks. Elderly and diverse ethnic groups are over-represented at food aid services, along with lone parents and single men (The Food Foundation). Numbers are likely to have grown in the last year following the Covid-19 Pandemic and Cost of Living Crisis (Sustain), impacting FEAST service users and volunteers alike.  FEAST has returned to its pre-Covid community meals model, and has initiated the healthy eating service, however there are more hostels and centres for vulnerable people requiring more support.

In response to the growing need, FEAST’s income has grown, and as such we have ambitious plans to expand our service to support those enduring food poverty. We are fortunate to be supported by loyal and new funders. 2023 is a transformative period for FEAST as we introduce new sustainable solutions promoting independence with nutrition, and complete research unveiling the specific dietary recommendations for vulnerable people. 

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Please send your CV and cover letter. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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