ShareAction – Chair of the Board

Neera Shah
Neera Shah30th September 2022

ShareAction is widely recognised as a thought leader in the field of responsible investment (RI). The organisation’s mission is to define the highest standards for responsible investment and to drive change until those standards are adopted worldwide.

ShareAction’s impact and profile have grown significantly in recent years as a result of delivering a number of bold campaigns to improve social and environmental performance in the corporate sector with the support of some of the world’s largest investors. The organisation continues to produce highly regarded research evaluating and publicly ranking global asset managers, banks, and insurers on their sustainability performance. ShareAction enjoys significant opportunities and needs visionary leadership from its Board of Trustees to realise those opportunities in the coming years.

The term of our current Chair ends in August 2023. We are therefore looking to appoint a new Chair to support ShareAction in delivering an ambitious new strategy and in championing its mission and values. The selected individual will be appointed in January 2023 to serve initially as Deputy Chair/Chair Designate, taking over as Chair of the Board of Trustees from August 2023.

ShareAction’s team and funding are growing rapidly. We are looking for a person with the ability to guide and support the organisation in the context of rapid internal and external change.

Our Board is composed of to up to ten Trustees. The Chair of Trustees is expected to:

  • Provide leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees
  • Facilitate the Board in undertaking efficient and effective discussions and decision making
  • Work in partnership with the CEO and the Leadership Team to help them deliver the overall mission of the organisation through annual business plans
  • Enable a strong relationship between the Board and the staff

Time Commitment

The Chair of the Board of Trustees is expected to be committed and engaged, devoting, on average, a minimum of 2/3 days per month, spread across different activities and requirements. More details available in the Recruitment Pack – link below

Recruitment Pack

For more information on the role and the organisation, you can download the Recruitment Pack at this link.

Key Responsibilities

  • Chairing and attending regular meetings of the Board and its sub-committees (where appointed)
  • Contributing actively to and leading the Board in setting ShareAction’s strategic direction in line with its charitable objectives, in setting overall policies, and in evaluating the executive team’s performance against agreed plans
  • Ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and all other relevant legislation and regulations
  • Ensuring that management and administration are undertaken responsibly
  • Ensuring that the organisation uses its resources well and exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects
  • Acting in the best interests of ShareAction while exercising independent judgement
  • Safeguarding and protecting charity assets (investments, cash, intellectual property, staff and reputation) and ensuring the charity’s financial stability
  • Acting as an ambassador for ShareAction and using networks to promote its work and, where appropriate, to seek funding
  • Assessing and scrutinising Board papers, setting the agenda for Board meetings and contributing to the work of sub-committees
  • Representing ShareAction internally and externally as and when required

Knowledge, skills and experience


  • Commitment to and track record of demonstrating ShareAction’s values of courage, persistence, independence, inclusivity and respect for others
  • Experience of board governance in the charity or SME sector, ideally chairing a board or board committees
  • Deep understanding of responsible investment practice
  • Strong know-how of the international financial services sector
  • Working knowledge of how public policy is developed and financial supervision applied
  • Experience of stakeholder management, ideally including management of funder relationships
  • Interest in organisational design and development as well as management of a growing organisation
  • Willing to act as an ambassador and influencer on behalf of ShareAction, ideally tapping into a network in relevant sectors and fields of activity
  • Evidence of Diversity & Inclusion experience/achievements


  • Strong leadership, governance and change management experience
  • Firm and well-evidenced commitment to the aims and work of ShareAction
  • Collaborative and emotionally intelligent
  • Ability to lead a team and work as part of a team, in a culture of learning and change
  • Willingness to support, directly or indirectly, ShareAction’s fundraising and other income generation activities
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Assertive, willing to exercise independent judgment, while facilitating a balanced discussion where everyone involved feels free to speak up and has the opportunity to join in
  • Understanding, or willing to learn about, the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Willingness to support ShareAction’s executives and staff in their work as appropriate
  • Not be disqualified from being a trustee
  • Ability to make the time commitment to perform the functions of the role

Chair of the Board role:

Closing date for applications: 9 am on Monday, 24 October 2022

Three rounds of interviews between November and December 2022:

Appointment date: 1 January 2023

To Apply: please visit to submit your application