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A fantastic opportunity to Chair a Board of six existing Trustees and bring complimentary skills to maximise the potential of our innovative Charity.

AHOY is a watersports based charity changing people’s lives and building life skills through sailing and rowing.  Our primary objective is giving opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk youths and we offer opportunities for disabled people to participate in activities and courses on an equal level.
Located on the Thames at Deptford, The AHOY Centre provides so many individuals with such great opportunities.  We have a clear five-year plan that focuses on the building of the solid foundation of the Charity’s achievements since its inception in 2001.   
This is a fantastic opportunity to Chair a Board of six existing Trustees and bring complimentary skills to maximise the potential of the Charity.  



·        Lead the Board of Trustees and the Organisation to enable it to fulfil its purpose.

·        To ensure an effective relationship between:

o   the Board, staff, volunteers and the Volunteer Committee

o   the Board and the external stakeholders/community

·        Act as a spokesperson and figurehead as appropriate.

·        To work alongside and support the CEO.


·        Plan and prepare the committee meetings and the AGM with others as appropriate.

·        Chair effective Board meetings ensuring:

o   Agendas are produced.

o   A balance is struck between time-keeping and space for discussions.

o   Business is dealt with and decisions made.

o   Decisions, actions and deliberations are adequately minuted.

o   The implementation of decisions is clearly assigned and monitored.

·        Ensure adequate support and supervision arrangements are made for the CEO, Volunteer Action Committee and staff.

·        Attend regular meetings with the Volunteer Action Committee to discuss their proposals and effectiveness

·        Produce the annual report for the accounts

·        Ensure that a successor is found before the term of office finishes.


·        A willingness to work alongside the CEO to deliver the charity’s objectives and future plans

·        Possesses tact, diplomacy and powers of persuasion.

·        Public speaking/presentation skills

·        Possesses relevant knowledge, experience and networking connections.

·        Has the relevant skills and experience to run a meeting well.















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The AHOY Centre Charity

Clair Ongley
Operations Manager
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