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Trustee Role Description: Chair of Forum

Role title: Chair of Forum
Accountable to: Board of trustees
Responsible for: Leadership of the BSI Forum
Term of office: Four years

Scope and purpose

The overall role of the Chair of Forum is to play a key part in the strategic development of new BSI initiatives and to liaise with key members of staff, as well as chairing the biannual Forum meetings.

General responsibilities for Trustees

All trustees serve for a four-year term. They are responsible for ensuring that the society complies with its governing document, charity law, company law, and any other relevant legislation or regulation. They must ensure that the society applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects.

All trustees should contribute actively to the board of trustees, giving strategic direction to the society and ensuring its effective and efficient administration. They should safeguard the good name and integrity of the society and ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds and the protection of its property. They assist with the appointment of the Chief Executive and monitor her/his performance through an agreed process.

In addition to the above statutory duties, every trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge, or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. These may involve:

  • Scrutinising board papers
  • Leading discussions
  • Focusing on key issues
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives
  • Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Specific duties of the Chair of Forum

  • To chair the Forum in an effective and efficient manner
  • To lead on the development of new initiatives in line with the strategic plan
  • To consider and assess the breadth, depth and impact of BSI led initiatives; liaising with the Education Secretary, Public Engagement Secretary, and members of staff to identify ‘gaps’ and opportunities for further development.

Person specification

  • Membership of the Society is required under the rules
  • Excellent overview of key areas of and developments in immunology
  • Previous experience of chairing at committee level
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Strategic vision
  • Good independent judgment
  • Very high level of credibility within the community
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Commitment to the Society
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Open and transparent approach
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Nolan's seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.
  • Willingness to lead on the generation of ideas and their development, with support from BSI staff.






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