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To support our vision to be the leading authoritative voice for children’s digital wellbeing, the Board are seeking to increase both the level of independence and its areas of expertise.

Therefore, we are looking to appoint an Independent Chair and two Independent Directors to our CEO Governing Board to help shape future strategic decisions.

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Chairperson job description

  • Employer: Internet Matters
  • Position: Chair
  • Renumeration: £10,000 per annum plus expenses
  • Hours: The time commitment is around 15-20 days per annum
  • Contract: 3 years

Key purpose of the Role:

The Chair leads the CEO Members Board, and will hold the Members and the CEO to account for the organisation’s mission and vision. He or she will provide inclusive leadership to the Board, ensuring that each Member fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the organisation.

The Chair will also lead the Operating Board, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Operating Board functions as a unit and works closely with the leadership team of the organisation to achieve agreed objectives.

He or she will need to be able to share their passion and commitment and be an internal and external ambassador for the organisation. A key part of the role will be to establish positive and fruitful relationships with senior leaders across industry, parliamentarians and policy makers.

Role responsibility

Strategic Leadership

  • Provide leadership to the organisation and its Board, ensuring that the organisation has the maximum positive impact for society
  • Ensure that the Board operates within the agreed organisation goals, and provides a clear strategic direction for the organisation
  • Support the CEO & Operating Board with development of the annual plan

External Relations

  • As appropriate, act as an ambassador for the organisation and raise our profile, including representing us at external functions, meetings and events
  • Actively engage with senior industry leaders and government officials to support the strategic goals of the organisation
  • Be available as a media spokesperson for the organisation for high-profile media events
  • Facilitate change and address any potential conflict with external stakeholders

Efficiency & Effectiveness

  • Ensure that the Board independent representatives are regularly refreshed and incorporate the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead the organisation effectively, and which also reflects the wider population
  • Chair meetings of the CEO Governing Board and the Operating Board, and efficiently bring impartiality and objectivity to the decision-making process
  • Monitor the decisions taken at meetings are implemented
  • Work closely with the Chief Executive to give direction to ensure that meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of the Board

Relationship with the Chief Executive and the wider management team

  • Establish and build a strong, effective and constructive working relationship with the Chief Executive, ensuring s/he is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives
  • Ensure regular contact with the Chief Executive and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationship where each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges
  • Liaise with the Chief Executive to maintain an overview of the organisation’s affairs, providing support as necessary
  • Support the Chief Executive, whilst respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles

Personal Specification

  • Experience of operating within the Board of either a large industry organisation, sizeable charity or not-for-profit
  • Experience of functioning strategically within large organisations with many stakeholders
  • Have exceptional leadership and facilitation skills, able to bring out different voices across the group and guide people to reach a genuine consensus
  • Have personal gravitas and be comfortable in a public-facing ambassadorial role
  • Good judgement, integrity and effective decision-making
  • A proven track record of strategic leadership at the most senior level
  • Experience of a governance role within a not-for-profit, charity or social enterprise preferred
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of a Board position of this nature
  • Ability to commit time to perform the role well, including occasionally attending events outside of office hours

We are specifically looking for someone who has:

  • Knowledge of the children’s online safety sector and of the associated regulatory environment in the UK
  • Experience of leadership within the industry, particularly in the technology, retail or media sectors
  • Existing relationships at a senior level across industry, government and the third sector
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Independent Director job description

  • Position: Board Member
  • Renumeration: This is a pro-bono position
  • Hours: The time commitment is around 2-5 days per annum
  • Contract: 3 years
  • Employer: Internet Matters

Key purpose of the Role:

Internet Matters is looking to appoint two independent representatives to its CEO Governing Board.

Internet Matters plays a significant role in preparing children to safely benefit from the impact of connected technology. It is largely funded by industry who continue to have a role in the company’s governance. To support the company’s vision to be the leading authoritative voice for children’s digital wellbeing, the Board are seeking to increase both the level of independence and its areas of expertise.

As well as appointing an independent Chair, the Board are looking to appoint two further independent board members who will bring a breadth of experience and knowledge to help shape future decisions of the Board.

Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

  • Provide leadership to the organisation and its Board, ensuring that the organisation has maximum impact amongst its target audiences
  • Contribute knowledge and experience, helping the Board ensure that the activity of the organisation has the greatest impact in line with organisational goals
  • Attend and fully participate in the annual CEO Members Board meeting
  • Support the CEO Members & Operating Board with development of the business strategy
  • Support the Chief Executive in the delivery of the company’s goals

Governance

  • Ensure the organisation is carrying out its agreed purpose and is delivering a public benefit
  • Ensure that the Board operates within the agreed organisational goals
  • Be able to explain how all the organisation’s activities are intended to further or support its purposes

External relations

  • As appropriate, act as an ambassador for the organisation and raise our profile, including representing us at external functions, meetings and events.
  • Where possible, engage with senior industry leaders and government officials to support the strategic goals of the organisation

Skills and experience

  • Existing relationships at a senior level with some or all the following: industry, government, education, academia or the third sector
  • Experience of working within organisations or groups with many stakeholders, with a track record of strategic leadership at the most senior level
  • Experience of a governance role within a not for profit organisation or social enterprise

We are specifically looking for someone who has:

  • A passionate belief in the rights of children to be net benefiters of connected technology and use services free from harm
  • Have personal gravitas and be comfortable in a public-facing ambassadorial role
  • Good judgement, integrity and effective decision-making
  • Ability to commit time to perform the role well, including occasionally attending events outside of office hours

How to apply

Prospective candidates can apply by sending their CV and any covering information to: [email protected]

Applications must be received by 28th February 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a panel interview which will be made up of C-level representatives from Internet Matters’ Members. It is anticipated the interviews will take place from March 2020.

Appointment of the position is expected in mid 2020.

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