Are you passionate about supporting migrant women trapped in the immigration and criminal justice systems?
Are social justice, respect for all and addressing inequalities intrinsic to your core values and beliefs?
Hibiscus enables marginalised migrant women trapped in the immigration and criminal justice systems to rebuild their lives. The women we work with are amongst the most vulnerable in society; many are survivors of gender-based violence, including trafficking, domestic abuse, forced marriage and sexual violence.
For over 38-years, Hibiscus has established an unrivalled record of delivering high-impact support and advocacy services to migrant women.
Unremunerated – Reasonable expenses and training paid
Time commitment – 4 board meetings and 4 sub-committee meetings per year. (Initial time commitment 1 day per week, reducing to 2 days per month)
We are seeking to find a passionate and committed Chair who will work in partnership with the Board, our new CEO and our senior team as we deliver our new five-year strategy. Following a refocus on our core mission, the Chair will lead on ensuring great governance practices, harnessing the fantastic skills and experience in our Board and staff team. The Chair will also uphold our democratic culture, where women are at the heart of our services, and will be a champion for equality.
We are looking for an inclusive and adaptable leader with a passion for social justice who brings:
- Prior experience as a charity trustee and solid understanding of good governance practices
- Experience or strong knowledge of issues faced by migrant women affected by the criminal justice and immigration systems.
- Experience of working in change environments
- Robust planning and organisational skills
Hibiscus was founded to support Black and minoritised women in prison. Today we continue to strive to be a proactively anti-racist organisation with an anti- racism strategy that informs our operational delivery. This means we centre the migrant women we work with and their experiences in every aspect of our work.
Hibiscus holds those in power accountable by raising issues of racism and intersectionality in the work we do. We adopt anti-racist; anti-oppression, and feminist principles, and actively address and challenge bias and any discriminatory behaviour, actions and systems on the basis of any protected characteristic, with equity, diversity and inclusion at the core of our work.
This includes consciously recruiting to attract talent from Black and minoritised communities and those with lived experience of the immigration and justice systems, and/or gender-based violence. We offer support, reasonable adjustments and encourage open and inclusive dialogue from the start of any employee, volunteer and client’s journey with Hibiscus.
We hold ourselves accountable through our practice reviews. We value and proactively encourage employee and client voice in determining our processes, policies and decisions that affect them. We are honest and bold in our approach to rethink, review and make the changes as necessary.
Due to the nature of this role, we will be considering female applicants only for this post in accordance with the provisions of the Occupational Requirement (Equality Act 2010, pursuant to Schedule 9 part 1).
- The Board of Trustees is the governance body for the organisation, serving as stewards of the organisations resources, and is ultimately responsible for Hibiscus' strategy, operations, adherence to law and regulation and financial management.
- The Chair provides leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees to enable it to fulfill its responsibilities and ensure that the charity pursues its objectives effectively.
- The Chair provides line management to the Chief Executive and works closely with senior management.
For more detail about the role please view our application pack here.