Chair of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

We wish to recruit a Chairperson (unpaid position) to our Board of Trustees for our registered charity Bridewell Organic Gardens (working name ‘Bridewell Gardens’).


Key Responsibilities of the Chair: 

  • To ensure that Bridewell Gardens operates within its charitable objectives.
  • To work with the General Manager of Bridewell Gardens to provide support and supervision whilst respecting the boundaries that exists between the two roles and to conduct an annual appraisal.
  • To provide leadership to the charity and the Board of up to 11 Trustees to ensure that Bridewell Gardens has maximum impact for its beneficiaries.
  • To ensure that Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of Bridewell Gardens and to provide a clear strategic direction.
  • To plan and chair Trustee meetings effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision-making process. Board meetings are generally held 4 times a year with additional meetings as and when necessary.
  • To ensure that all Trustees are fully engaged and that decisions are taken in the best long-term interests of Bridewell Gardens and that the Board takes collective ownership.
  • Ensure that the Board reviews major risks and opportunities in order to manage and mitigate the risks and to take advantage of opportunities.
  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability.
  • To represent Bridewell Gardens at appropriate external meetings, functions and events.


Qualities and skills of a Chair

We are looking for a person who has:

  •  An understanding of the impact of mental illness on peoples’ lives
  •  Knowledge of the voluntary sector and experience of trustee work
  • A commitment to Bridewell Garden’s work, the values of the organisation and its objectives
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of being the Chair
  • Integrity and good, independent judgement
  • Knowledge of charity finance and fundraising
  • The ability to think creatively and to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Commitment to maintain appropriate confidentiality and the principles of equal opportunities


Practical considerations

  • This position requires availability for regular meetings with the General Manager and for a minimum of 4 early evening board meetings each year in Witney.
  • DBS checks required
  • 2 references to be taken up
  • Must not be disqualified to serve as Charity Trustee under Section 72 of the Charities Act 1993.


Key facts about Bridewell Gardens

  • Supports an average of 70 different individuals over a year
  • Employs 2 full-time and 7 part-time staff. In addition, there are 20 garden volunteers who support the work of the paid staff and are a vital part of the service.
  • Has an annual budget of around £160,000.
  • Receives around 60% of its funds from Oxford Mental Health, NHS with the balance of 40% from donations, grants and fundraising events.


Application process

  • In the first instance please send your CV and a short covering note detailing your suitability for the role, to our Treasurer, Richard Khosla-Stevens (email:
  • You will be contacted by a member of the Board of Trustees for an informal discussion and to answer any questions you may have.
  • Visit to the garden with a member of the Trustee Board and a preliminary meeting with the General Manager
  • Interview.


Chair of Trustees

Chair of Trustees