The Chair is responsible for the overall vision and leadership of Spirit of
2012 S/he leads the Board in making decisions about overall strategy and
objectives, The Board is ambitious for Spirit to enjoy a high profile and a
future beyond the fixed term of the ten year Big Lottery Fund endowment
and so the ideal chair will be highly visible, representing Spirit externally
and in the media and articulating and championing the Charity’s purpose.
The Chair must ensure that the charity fulfils the charitable objects set out
in the Trust Deed in accordance with Spirit values, and is also responsible
for overseeing the Chief Executive and the work of her team.
The Chair shall:
 Lead the Board and Executive to achieve Spirit’s vision, mission and
strategic objectives
 Lead the Board in setting, implementing and reviewing policy and
 Chair the Board effectively, advising on the agenda, encouraging
participation from all members and others in attendance, collaboratively
resolving points of difference, ensuring decisions are properly recorded
and that actions agreed at meetings are implemented
 Represent Spirit at functions, events and meetings, acting as a
spokesperson and forming and maintaining relationships that benefit the
charity and its aims
 Use extensive and influential personal and professional networks to
secure Spirit’s reputation and resources and other opportunities to
extend its activities
 Maintain transparency and impartiality by identifying, registering and
mitigating actual or potential conflicts of interest;
 Together with the Chief Executive identify skills, characteristics,
expertise and experience required by Spirit and ensure the Board as a
whole embodies these Set guidelines and expectations for the roles, responsibilities and
conduct of Board members
 Oversee all committees of the Board, ensuring they each fulfil their
 Chair Committees of the board, including the Recruitment &
Remuneration Committee
 Quality assure the charity’s governance, by inviting Board members to
review the performance of the Board as a whole, and their own
contribution to it annually
 Line manage the Chief Executive, assessing and guiding her
performance and professional development
 Step in to resolve issues relating to the executive team decisively in
accordance with relevant policies and procedures if required to do so by
the Chief Executive or other(s)
 Ensure the Chief Executive carries out all aspects of her role as
accounting officer to Spirit’s Founder (the Big Lottery Fund) for the
activities of the charity, ensuring that the Protector is kept informed of
these, receives all Board and Committee papers, contributes to the
Annual Report and is consulted as indicated in the Trust Deed.
 Spirit of 2012 Board and Executive Team
 The Spirit of 2012 Protector
 Big Lottery Fund Chair, Board and senior officials
 Government ministers and senior officials in the UK and Scottish
Governments in particular
 Influential figures from our partner organisations including Hull City of
Culture, the South Bank Centre, the Scottish Government, he ECB,
Disability Sport and more broadly across the sectors in which we
 Business leaders and senior figures in the corporate sector
 Leaders of major, established trusts and foundations
 Demonstrable strategic leadership experience including successfully
guiding boards or committees through complex agendas in a range
of contexts
 Extensive governance experience within commercial, public and/or
charitable sectors
 Charity commission guidance on duties and responsibilities of
charity Trustees
 Secure understanding of the principles underpinning spend-out
endowment investment strategy, and of the factors which influence​
investment performance
 Belief in Spirit’s vision and strategic objectives
 Promotes & exemplifies the Spirit of 2012 Values (fair, focused,
friendly and forthright)
 Ability to commit 18-20 days per year
 Highest standards of integrity, impartiality, objectivity and
 Commitment to equality, diversity and the safeguarding of
marginalised and vulnerable groups
 A prominent public profile would be an advantage
 Readiness to offer supportive, inquisitive and challenging
contributions to the Board, its committees and panels, bringing
distinctive perspectives, experience and expertise to discussions and
 Strong communication. The Chair must be articulate, diplomatic and
tactful, with the ability to raise Spirit’s profile, increase
understanding of its mission and achievements and influence
stakeholder audiences
 Ability to support the Executive team in navigating and balancing
political pressures to shape & develop Spirit’s priorities with focus
and integrity and to provide sound counsel on political and
reputational risks
 Ability to develop new, and maintain existing, relationships
beneficial to Spirit
 A style that demonstrates authority and inspires trust and
The Spirit of 2012 office is in Somerset House, London and most Board and
Committee meetings are held at Somerset House or nearby. The Chair may
be required to undertake some UK travel and occasional weekend working
to visit projects we fund and related events. All travel and subsistence
expenses relating to Spirit duties and responsibilities will be reimbursed in
full up to the limits set out in our Expenses Policy.