Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce Independent Board Director

  • Deadline: 23/02/2018
  • Location: Liverpool

During the course of 2018 there will be vacancies on the Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce Board as a number of independent directors come to the end of their term of office.  The Board is therefore seeking expressions of interest in joining the Board.

Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce is a private sector membership organisation that provides business services intended to support its key objective to make Liverpool the best place to start, operate or locate a business in the UK.

The role of Independent Director is integral to the operations of the Chamber to ensure the conditions are created for overall board and individual director effectiveness and the organisation is provided with outstanding leadership and management..

The Board plays a crucial role in the overall direction and management of the Chamber. Directors are appointed by the Board and have the authority to act in accordance with the terms of reference under the Chamber’s governance structure and in the best interests of the member businesses who comprise the Chamber.

The role of the Board is to set direction, approve strategy and to ensure that the Chamber is well managed. The execution of management activity is delegated to, and is the responsibility of the CEO.

The position is unremunerated although reasonable expenses incurred on Chamber-business will be reimbursed in line with the Chamber’s expenses policy.. The term of office is for a maximum of two terms of three years and is subject to retirement by rotation.

The time commitment envisaged is four two-hour Board meetings per year and attendance at several ambassadorial functions throughout the year, which may include events, meetings or press activity.  Board members are also encouraged to join one of the Board’s sub-committees, which normally meet four times a year. 

A detailed role description and terms of reference are provided below.

The Chamber’s governance sub-committee have identified the following skill set and expertise as particularly desirable within this recruitment programme:

  • Financial management and audit
  • Legal and HR
  • Digital innovation and transformation
  • Commercial services development
  • PR & Marketing
  • Experience working in the manufacturing sector

Applications should be made to the Secretary to the Board, Jon Cranston via email to jon.cranston@liverpoolchamber.org.uk with a covering note by Friday 23rd February.

Applications will be considered by the Governance committee on 27th February with interviews taking place thereafter after a short-listing process.

 

BOARD DIRECTOR

ROLE AND TERMS OF REFERENCE

1.0 AUTHORITY

The Board plays a crucial role in the overall direction and management of the Chamber.

Directors are appointed by the Board and have the authority to act in accordance with the terms of reference set out in the Scheme of Delegation. The role of the Board is to set direction and approve strategy and to ensure that the Chamber is well managed.

The execution of management activity is delegated to, and is the responsibility of the CEO. There should at all times be a clear division of responsibility between the Board and the management.

2.0 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The duties of a director are set out in the Board terms of reference and in statute. The primary responsibilities of a director include, but are not limited to:-.

2.1

To ensure that the Chamber complies with its governing documents, company law and other relevant statute, legislation regulatory or sector guidance.

2.2

To ensure that the Chamber pursues its objects as defined in the governing documents.

2.3

To ensure the Chamber applies its resources efficiently and in pursuit of its objects.

2.4

To safeguard the good name and values of the Chamber and to protect and ensure proper management of its assets.

2.5

To devote sufficient time to the business of the Chamber to enable the proper scrutiny of papers provided by the CEO and other background information, to contribute to discussion, to provide advice and guidance on new initiatives or on other issues where the member has special expertise and to promote the Chamber , its values and mission.

 

2.6

To exercise good and independent judgement in the consideration of matters before the Board for decision.

2.7

To act with integrity, honesty and in good faith in the best interests of the Chamber.

2.8

At all times to conduct his/her affairs in an open and transparent manner, declaring in advance any personal or professional conflict of interest in relation to matters under discussion and if asked to do so removing him/herself from the meeting for the duration of discussion.

2.9

To be an available resource to the management and the Board.

2.10

To respect confidentiality.

2.11

To exercise the care, diligence and skill of a reasonably prudent person.

2.12

To fulfil the legal requirements and obligations of a director.

2.13

To understand the difference between governance and management and respect those boundaries but to represent and balance the interests of all stakeholders in the governance process.

2.4

To be collegial and respectful towards other directors.

2.5

Not to engage in or undertake lobbying activity on behalf of the Chamber without the prior express approval of the Chair and or the CEO following a full briefing.

2.6

As far as is practical, attend all Board (and sub committee) meetings and ensure that he/she is adequately prepared to make informed and considered decisions.

2.7

Participate fully and frankly in the deliberations of the affairs of the Chamber with Board colleagues.

2.8

Become and remain knowledgeable about the Chambers role, services and products.

2.9

Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of the regulatory, legislative, business, social and political environments within which the Chamber operates.

2.10

Participate in and receive induction and on-going training and development when asked to do so by the Chair of the Board.

3.0 PERSON SPECIFICATION AND BEHAVIOURS

Members of the Board are selected to provide a diverse and balanced perspective to the governance and direction of the Chamber. Members may also bring to the Board experience or professional skill across a range of disciplines that can enhance the performance of the governance process in specific areas. However all members of the Board must contribute to the overall effective and efficient performance of the Board. It is therefore expected that directors will fall within the following generic skill descriptors.

3.1

Demonstrate that their personal profile sit within the competence map defined by the Board from time to time and set out in its Governance Guidelines and Operating Procedures.

3.2

Have a commitment to the values and the aims of the Chamber.

3.3

Have an interest in and commitment to the development of an effective local, regional and national business and enterprise culture and community.

3.4

Have the ability to attend Board meetings and the time resource needed to prepare for effective contribution at those meetings.

3.5

Have the ability to act with integrity and to understand the full range of legal requirements and responsibilities placed on directors.

3.6

Recognise the place of electronic communication in the effective governance and management of the Chamber and be ICT literate or willing to proactively address their personal development in this area.

3.7

Understand the Boards stated desire to have a balance amongst Board members of gender/age/ethnicity/skills in order to adequately reflect its member constituency.

3.8

Have:-

  • A wide ranging background in a management role in the public, private or not for profit sectors, and/or
  • Experience of a senior level appointment in regional industry, commerce or the professions, and/or
  • Expertise in one or more of finance, legal administration, policy development, HR, estates/property management, corporate planning, communication or marketing.

4.0 AUTHORITY

Directors have no authority to act outside of the terms of reference for the Board of Directors.

 

5.0 REPORTING

Directors report to the Board through the Chair of the Board.