Independent Chair for the Somerset VCFSE Assembly (freelance), Spark Somerset

Location - Somerset

We’re on a mission to help change lives and build healthy, resilient communities in Somerset.

We do this by supporting and championing voluntary and community organisations and providing a range of services, training and advice.

Integral to this is the Somerset VCFSE (voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise) Assembly, which is facilitated by Spark Somerset and aims to strengthen the voice of the sector, enabling VCFSE groups to influence decisions that affect the health and wellbeing of the people and communities they support.

It's an important part of a formal engagement framework being developed in collaboration with NHS Somerset, Somerset Council, and the Somerset Group of Charities, and is essential to our work to engage with the statutory sector. Please refer to the Background Context section of the job description for further information.

The Somerset VCFSE Assembly now requires some dedicated strategic leadership capacity to build on achievements to date. As Independent Chair, you will play a key role in nurturing and maintaining a relationship of trust, collaboration and co-production across the Somerset VCFSE sector, the Assembly, and our strategic partners.

If you are a curious, tenacious and diplomatic leader, with a deep understanding of the Somerset VCFSE sector and a passion for partnership working, then we would love to hear from you!

This is a 12-month freelance contract valued at £8,000 for the entire project. It's a flexible, hybrid role working 3-4 days per month to include weekly availability for phone and email communication.

For further information about the role and who we're looking for, please download the role description.

To apply, please submit your CV and a supporting statement (not to exceed more than 2 sides of A4) outlining your skills and experience and reasons for applying to

Please address any comments, questions, or requests for further information to the Somerset VCSE Steering Group via Cindy Furse, VCFSE/Public Sector Partnerships Lead, Spark Somerset:

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 1 March 2024.