New Chairperson wanted for VIOW


The Chairperson’s primary role is to ensure that the Governance Board of Visit Isle of Wight Limited is effective in its task of setting and implementing the Company’s direction and strategy.

The Board Chair works closely with the Managing Director of Visit Isle of Wight to collaboratively drive the organisation’s mission forward. Working behind the scenes on behalf of the Board, the Chair will anticipate problems and identify opportunities.

The main responsibilities & duties of the Chair are as follows:

  • To chair General and Board meetings, including determining the order of agenda; ensuring that Board members receive accurate, timely and clear information; to ensure that all directors are involved in discussions and decision making; to direct discussions towards the emergence of a consensus view and to sum up discussions so that everyone understands what has been agreed.
  • To act jointly with the Managing Director as the organisation’s leading representatives to include presenting aims and policies to the media, regional and national organisations.
  • To ensure effective communication with all levy paying organisations, and where appropriate, organisations in the wider Island economy.
  • To assist in identifying and requesting substantial additional funding contributions and fostering VIOW’s overall financial health.
  • To support the Managing Director as a trusted advisor and to hold the MD’s performance to account.
  • To work with the Managing Director to establish over-arching funding streams for the future of Visit Isle of Wight and tourism promotion.

    The Chair has the same legal duties as other directors and is appointed by the Board. This is a part-time position, with the current incumbent remunerated at £10,000 p.a. for the equivalent of one day per week.

    Competencies & Expectations for the role

    • Experience in a leadership role within the tourism business sector.
    • Respected by Board members, the Managing Director & key stakeholders.
    • Willing and able to commit time to leadership of the organisation.
    • Independent from any particular tourism businesses and sectors.
    • Demonstrated leadership or involvement in the community.
    • Ability to communicate, listen and seek others’ input.
    • Recognised as having credible authority and responsibility.
    • Demonstrated skills of persuasion and influence.

Suitable applicants should forward their CV and covering letter to Closing date for applications is 12 Midday on 11th December 2018.
Interviews for short-listed candidates will take place in January 2019.