Chairperson Board of Directors


The Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation (Glencree) works with individuals and groups to transform conflict, promote reconciliation, encourage healthy relationships, and build sustainable peace.

We are an Ireland-based, independent, non-governmental organisation. Founded in 1974 in response to the conflict in Northern Ireland, Glencree played an important role in the Northern Irish Peace Process, bringing together those in conflict for confidential dialogue and helping to build relationships across divides. As well as our ongoing work on the island of Ireland, our perspective and expertise has been shared in more than ten conflict and post-conflict countries around the globe.

Much of our work takes place at our Peace Centre in the Wicklow mountains, a welcoming place of hospitality and friendliness, a quiet, strong space, surrounded by nature and steeped in history. We also work within the communities we serve. We bring together former enemies, opposing political factions, people who have suffered tremendous trauma, distrust or feel hatred toward the other, and provide an enabling environment where they can talk and listen to each other as they seek to transform divisive relationships.

Our organisation has grown in strength and stability in recent years and benefits from a dynamic and committed executive team. We also pride ourselves on full compliance with the Charities Governance Code. Following a rigorous strategic review process in 2020-2021, we have implemented a new a five-year strategic plan (2022-2026) which outlines an ambitious, yet realistic and relevant direction of travel for our organisation.

Following a period of substantial growth and change, we are seeking a new Board Chair who will lead the organisation into its next chapter.  This is a voluntary position and while unpaid, all appropriate expenses will be reimbursed. Working closely with the Vice-Chair and other Board Members, the CEO and the Senior Management Team, the role of Board Chair is an important position in Glencree and will require a time commitment, and a willingness to travel and represent Glencree at a range of forums and events.

The Role

 Board Leadership & Good Governance

  1. Lead the Board in carrying out its functions as set out in the Memorandum and Articles and the Strategic Plan.
  2. Ensure that the organisation is delivering on its Strategic Plan including the annual business plans and leading the mid-term review.
  3. In 2027 lead the process to develop the new Strategic Plan.
  4. Ensure good corporate governance and that the Board – individually and collectively – has sufficient knowledge and oversight of the operational affairs of Glencree.
  5. Chair the Board Recruitment Sub-Committee to ensure that the size, diversity, and skills development of the Board and Board members is appropriate.
  6. Oversee the ongoing review of Board performance, in line with Glencree’s Board Roles & Responsibilities policy, Charity Regulator Standards and Code of Conduct, to ensure the overall Board effectiveness and that it is operating in line with best practice.
  7. Ensure appropriate oversight by the Board of key practices, processes and policies including the sub committees of the Board.
  8. Lead a commercial focus of the Board in terms of fundraising and support the CEO in the implementation of the organisation’s strategy to diversify revenue streams and increase opportunities for self-sustaining income.

Ensure the Smooth Running of Board Meetings

  1. Ensure that the Board meets regularly (6 meetings per year) and is quorate.
  2. Control and manage the Board agenda ensuring that the time is used as effectively as possible and deals with items of the highest priority / importance to Glencree, whilst respecting the governance lines between Board and Executive.
  3. Ensure that Board papers are at the required standard to ensure adequate analysis / review by Board members and to enable informed decision making.
  4. Ensure that Board minutes are accurate and signed following each Board meeting.

     Act as a Figurehead & Spokesperson

  1. Along with the CEO, act as spokesperson for the organisation, working to promote Glencree and engage with key external stakeholders / funders in a complex environment.
  2. Represent the organisation and attend key events (some travel may be required).
  3. Attend stakeholder / funder meetings; promote and advocate for Glencree publicly and privately.

CEO Management

  1. Act as the line manager for the CEO including providing support, meeting the CEO regularly to discuss and agree work priorities. Undertake an annual performance review of the CEO.
  2. Oversee the appointment and / or removal of CEO; CEO contract management; CEO succession planning.

    Required Skills & Attributes

  • Previous experience as Board Chair or experience of chairing a significant sub-group / committee.
  • Good working knowledge of financial management and governance structures.
  • Ability to lead, engage and motivate a voluntary Board.
  • Strong communicator with the ability to build trusted relationships, internally and externally.
  • Strong leadership qualities.
  • Capacity to give time and commitment to this role over the term of 3 years, with the possibility of extending to a further term.

   Desirable Skills & Attributes

  • Previous experience in peacebuilding or relevant organisations; knowledge of / interest in /passion for the peacebuilding sector.
  • Experience and knowledge of the operation of the voluntary and charity sector.
  • Well networked in potential areas for fundraising and grant funding.

Applications for this position are now closed (closing date Friday, 18th August 2023).