Voluntary basis
I CAN is the leading children’s communication charity in the United Kingdom, originally formed in 1888. Its mission is that no child should be left out or be left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding. Its vision is a world where all children have the communications skills they need to fulfil their potential. Children and young people’s communication needs are at the centre of everything I CAN does and its values are designed to enable all parts of the organisation to come together and be the most effective and influential organisation it can be. 

We are seeking a new chair to oversee a critical period of growth and development and lead an exceptionally capable and committed Board. We’re looking for someone who can help I CAN strengthen and deepen its reach into stakeholder communities and galvanise support. You don’t need to be an educationalist, or to have a personal connection with what the charity does; but wherever you are now, you will recognise how significant the organisation is within its field of specialism and will share its desire to further strengthen its impact. You will be a confident and positive leader and ambassador with the strategic acumen and emotional intelligence to promote a nationally influential charity across a varied audience.

Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.

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

  • your CV or equivalent biographical information
  • a covering letter that sets out your motivation for applying for this appointment, and why you think your skills and experience make you suitable
  • details of two people you have worked with at Board level previously who we could talk to at shortlist stage (with your permission).

Closing date
Monday 23rd March 2020.

Agreement of the final shortlist
by end of March 2020.

Informal meetings, telephone calls will follow confirmation of the final shortlist.

Shortlisted candidates will have the opportunity to speak with the outgoing Chair and to meet the CEO at I CAN, either before interview or on the day itself. 

Formal interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to take place in mid-April 2020. The day may also include informal sessions with key staff and stakeholders.