Voluntary basis with expenses reimbursed

Girlguiding is the largest youth organisation in the UK dedicated completely to girls. It’s our mission to provide fun, friendship, challenge and adventure to girls , helping them grow their skills and confidence and find their voice so they can champion change in their own lives and in their communities. We help all girls know they can do anything. We have more than 380,000 members, active in every part of the UK, who meet in 22,000 groups, all supported by our fantastic 78,000 adult members and volunteers, who deliver guiding activities and have a positive impact on hundreds of thousands of girls and local communities every year.


As we begin to shape our ambitions for the next five years, our new chair will play a key role in Girlguiding’s strategic direction and impact, working with a talented board and leadership team to ensure we deliver on our mission and vision for girls and young women. 

We’re looking for an experienced and inclusive leader who is committed to the work of Girlguiding and with the vision and skills to lead the board and drive us forward. We are very open to where your professional skills and experience lie but you will bring board experience and the ability to navigate complex external and internal drivers, balance diverse perspectives and foster collaboration around shared goals. How you bring about your influence will be more important than your subject knowledge in this role, and you will be both personally flexible and available to meet the demands of a substantial strategic leadership post.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is integral to all we do and central to pursuing our EDI mission is building a diverse and inclusive organisation in which everyone has a sense of belonging. We’re seeking to increase the diversity of background and thinking on our board and are committed to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace as well as the communities Girlguiding serves. As chair, your own commitment to this will be absolutely critical.

In return, you will gain great reward in seeing impactful initiatives take shape and witness positive changes in the lives of girls and young women. 

If you are motivated to be part of an organisation making a real difference, we hope you will be inspired to find out more. 


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.

How to apply

To make an application, please click on the apply now button below, with the following prepared:

  • A CV (no more than three sides) or equivalent biographical information
  • A short covering letter that explains your motivation, suitability, availability and confirms that you would not be subject to any conflict of interest
  • Please tell us if there are any dates during the selection process (outlined below) when you would not be available to participate.

If you have a disability and identify any barriers in the role profile, please tell us. We would also be grateful if you would also complete the Equality and Diversity monitoring form on the online application process. This form is for monitoring purposes only and is not treated as part of your application


Selection Timetable 
Closing date 12th January 2024

Preliminary interviews with Starfish 16th to 29th January 2024

Shortlisted candidates notified By 2nd February 2024

Opportunity for progressed candidates to speak with the chief executive and outgoing chair 15th to 23rd February 2024

Final interviews with appointments panel* (in person)24th February 2024

Chair inductions Across March and April 2024

Board meeting – chair designate to observe 16th March 2024

Appointment start date 1st May 2024