Chair of the Trustee Board, Hebden Bridge Community Association

We’re looking for a skilled strategist and advocate to be our new Chair of the Trustee Board for Hebden Bridge Community Association (HBCA).

Who we’re looking for

We are at an exciting stage of our journey and the qualities below will be invaluable in building on our strong foundations. The Chair will work closely with the Executive Director in the following areas:

  • Leader and partner – working in partnership with our Executive Director to lead the organisation
  • Team builder – recruiting and developing trustee board members, facilitating considered decision-making
  • Networker – adept at making connections, working with a wide range of stakeholders and listening to the views of the community
  • Advocate – championing our work and influencing at a senior level
  • Strategist – enabling the Executive Director to implement our strategy and vision, balancing our duty to the community with the need to be financially viable.
  • Fundraiser – securing grant income and leading fundraising campaigns
  • Organiser – chairing meetings, facilitating board processes and improving governance


Our ideal candidate will have these skills in abundance and previous experience as a trustee or working with the voluntary sector. Above all, they will have a genuine passion for our community, town and Town Hall, an appetite for collaboration and a strong track record professionally.  

For the right person, it will be an opportunity to develop their skills and networks and build a sustainable future for key community asset.

Who we are and what we do

We’re the charity that owns and manages The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge, one of the first community-owned town halls in the country. Community is right at the heart of who we are and what we do.

The Town Hall hosts and supports a diverse range of community activity with over 100 groups using the building. We are also home to over 30 small business tenants and we run a thriving community cafe. More than just a building, we act as a creative connector - making links, creating new partnerships and opening up exciting possibilities. We have demonstrated this as a lead partner in the Staying Well project to reduce social isolation, as well as in our role as a community hub in the recent devastating floods. In the next year our priorities are to:

  • develop a strategy to secure investment for the restoration of the Victorian part of our building
  • continue to seek out new collaborations, building on the success of the Staying Well project
  • secure grants to enhance our role as a community hub with a first-class community offer
  • continue to keep The Town Hall operating successfully with a focus on our long term viability


The HBCA Board currently has eight voluntary trustees. We employ an Executive Director who leads the organisation and runs The Town Hall with support from a small staff team and community volunteers. We are a membership charity with 400 community members

What is the commitment?

The role of Chair is unpaid. The Board meets at least 12 times a year. In addition the Chair is expected to be available to the Executive Director on a regular basis as well as represent the charity at selected events and meetings. As a minimum, the time commitment would be roughly four days a month.

What next?

To arrange an informal chat about the role, please contact


To make a formal application, please send us your CV and a letter outlining your interest in the role, setting out how your skills and experience meet the qualities on our wish list.

DEADLINE for applications is Friday 17 June 2016. 

Other information


If you’d like any further information about the role, please get in touch with Rachel Rickards or Graham Mynott.