Our Board is recruiting a Non-Executive Chair – do you have the relevant skills?

ALCS is governed by a Board of Directors, the majority of whom are elected working writers. The organisation is looking for a writer who is also a member of ALCS to act as a Non-Executive Chair. Do you have the requisite skills and experience to represent ALCS on a national and international level?

We are seeking a new Chair to join the Board at an important time as ALCS continues to develop both its service to members and its commercial orientation in a climate of change. The Chair will lead the Board as it works with the senior leadership team to support the strategic vision of ALCS that addresses new opportunities and challenges.

The new Chair will lead negotiations with stakeholders and relevant bodies and work with and represent the membership in the core purpose of protecting creators’ rights.

What does the job involve?

Strategic Direction:

The Chair has particular responsibility for providing effective strategic leadership on matters which include:

  • ensuring that the Board has the appropriate strategy for discharging its statutory duties, that it meets regularly throughout the year and that minutes of meetings accurately record decisions taken;
  • ensuring that there is a robust business plan in place which takes account of future developments and safeguards the interests of members;
  • public speaking, participating in events, meetings and other activities; this may include attending meetings with Ministers, giving evidence to House of Commons Select Committees, speaking and representing the organisation in the UK and internationally, involvement with events and receptions organised by the All Party Writers Group (administered by ALCS);
  • engaging with Board members so that all are involved in the decision-making process and contribute fully to major strategic decisions;
  • encouraging high standards of propriety are maintained and that corporate governance requirements are strictly adhered to;
  • ensuring that the ALCS Board, in reaching decisions, takes proper guidance;
  • representing ALCS to other organisations and to the general public;
  • ensuring high standards of service delivery and work output are delivered across the organisation;
  • promoting, with the Chief Executive Officer, the welfare of staff and ensuring equality in both employment and service delivery.

Nature of appointment
The Chair will be appointed for an initial period of three years, renewable for a further period of three years at the discretion of the Board. Timewise, it is estimated that the role of Chair will require an average commitment of around 1.5 days per week, to include approximately sixteen days each year of face-to-face meetings.

Recruitment process
For more information about the position, the person specification, the remuneration and how to apply, please look at the full appointment pack.

The recruitment panel for this position will comprise four existing ALCS Board members and an external observer.

We are keen to enrich the diversity of our Board and candidates are particularly encouraged from communities that are currently underrepresented. ALCS supports equal opportunities in the workplace.