Mathematics in Education and Industry - Chair

MEI is an independent charity with a vision to make a real difference to people’s lives by improving the quality of mathematics education and learning. We offer professional development for teachers and innovative resources for teachers and students as well as seeking to influence national policy. We run some government contracts, in partnership with others, where we believe this is consistent with our charitable objects.

More information about MEI can be found at

  • Job Summary
    The Chair will hold the Board and Senior Management Team to account for the organisation’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Senior Management of the organisation to achieve agreed objectives. They will act as an ambassador and the public face of the organisation in partnership with the Chief Executive.
  • Main duties and responsibilities

    Strategic leadership

    •    Provide leadership to MEI and its Board, ensuring maximum impact for its beneficiaries;
    •    Ensure that Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the organisation;
    •    Ensure that the Board operates within its charitable objectives, and provides a clear strategic direction;
    •    Ensure that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfy itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities, and manage and mitigate the risks;
    •    Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of MEI, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability.


    •    Ensure that the governance arrangements are working in the most effective way for MEI; 
    •    Develop the knowledge and capability of the Board of Trustees; 
    •    Encourage positive change where appropriate, address and resolve any conflicts within the Board; 
    •    Appraise the performance of the Board on an annual basis;
    •    Ensure that the Board of Trustees is regularly refreshed and incorporates the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead MEI effectively;
    •    Work within any agreed policies adopted by MEI. 

    External Relations

    •    Act as an ambassador for MEI;
    •    Maintain close relationships with key members of the Government and with key influences;
    •    Act as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate;
    •    Represent MEI at external functions, meetings and events;
    •    Facilitate change and address any potential conflict with external stakeholders.

    Efficiency and effectiveness 

    •    Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision-making process;
    •    Ensure that Trustees are fully engaged and that decisions are taken in the best, long-term interests of MEI and that the Board takes collective ownership;
    •    Foster, maintain and ensure that constructive relationships exist with and between the Trustees;
    •    Work closely with the Chief Executive to give direction to Board policy-making and to ensure that meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of trustees;
    •    Monitor that decisions taken at meetings are implemented.

    Relationship with the Chief Executive and the wider management team

    •    Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Chief Executive, ensuring he is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives;
    •    Support the Chief Executive, whilst respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles;
    •    Ensure regular contact with the Chief Executive and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationship within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges;
    •    Conduct an annual appraisal and remuneration review for the Chief Executive in consultation with other Trustees;
    •    Ensure that the Chief Executive has the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate external professional support.

    Additional information

    The Deputy Chair acts for the Chair when the Chair is not available and undertakes assignments at the request of the Chair.

    The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Chair will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.

  • Skills, qualifications and experience required

    In addition to the qualities required of a Trustee of the charity, the Chair must also meet the following requirements:

    Personal Qualities 

    •    Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to MEI, its mission and values;
    •    Personal gravitas to lead the organisation; 
    •    Exhibit strong inter-personal and relationship building abilities and be comfortable in an ambassadorial role;
    •    Demonstrate tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and engage effectively;
    •    Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of MEI;
    •    Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment; 
    •    Ability to commit time to conduct the role well, including travel and attending events out of office hours.


    •    Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation;
    •    Successful track record of achievement through their career;
    •    Experience of charity governance and working with or as part of a Board of Trustees;
    •    Experience of external representation, delivering presentations and managing stakeholders;
    •    Significant experience of chairing meetings and events.

    Knowledge and skills

    •    Knowledge and understanding of Maths/STEM Education (desirable) and current issues affecting it;
    •    Strong leadership skills, ability to motivate staff and bring people together;
    •    Financial management expertise and a broad understanding of charity finance issues;
    •    Good understanding of charity governance issues.

  • Application Process

    •    Submission of Covering Letter, CV and Equalities Monitoring Form to WIG. Please upload your documents online via the 'Apply Now' link at the top of this page by Midnight on Thursday 16 May 2019
    •    After the closing date, the appointing panel shall assess candidates’ suitability for the role based on evidence provided on the Covering Letter and CV against the above criteria.
    •    Interviews will be held on Monday 3 June 2019 in Trowbridge.

    For further information about the appointment, including advice on eligibility, please contact Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent, on 0207 222 1166 or e-mail [email protected]

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