Vice Chair

Vice Chair - British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS)




Vice Chair - British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS)

The BIOS are pleased to advertise the position of Vice Chair. This position will become vacant from the AGM on 26th June 2018 due to the current Vice Chair finishing their second term of office.

The Vice Chair of BIOS is a Trustee of the Board and has an important strategic role in driving change at a National level and supporting the Chair and Board in delivering the BIOS strategy and developing the profession.

The BIOS welcomes applications for this position from motivated and forward-thinking Orthoptists who can demonstrate they meet the attached person specification to support the job description.

Applications by CV and supporting statement, including 2 nominations from current BIOS members, to Joanna Brown at by the 28th May 2018.

Informal enquiries to: BIOS Chair or current Vice Chair

Applicants should be prepared to be interviewed by the Board of Trustees

Vice Chair Role

British & Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS)


Trustee role

The Vice Chair is a Trustee of BIOS and therefore the Trustee’s job description applies to this role as well. As a Trustee the Vice Chair will adhere to the legally binding role of a Trustee and the BIOS Articles of Association

•Trustees are subject to the Charity Commission’s code of conduct and BIOS Trustees must familiarise themselves with this guide

•Trustees are asked to be aware of the latest BIOS Articles of Association, which state that Trustees cannot be remunerated directly by BIOS for services rendered.

•Articles also state that Trustees may be asked to step down if two consecutive meetings are missed.

Vice Chair Role

The additional duties required of the Vice chair are:

Overall purpose

•To provide leadership and direction to the Board, enabling Trustees to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of BIOS

•To support the Chair to ensure that BIOS is run in accordance with the decisions of the Trustees.

•To agree individual areas of responsibilities with the Chair

Main responsibilities

•To work closely with the Chair to lead the Trustees in developing strategic plans for BIOS

•To liaise with the Chair to draft agendas for meetings of the Board and to ensure that business is covered efficiently and effectively at those meetings

•To provide support and leadership to the Board to ensure that BIOS is run in accordance with the decisions of the Trustees and its charitable objectives

•To ensure that the standing committees, Clinical Advisory Groups (CAG) and Non Clinical Advisory Groups (NCAG) of BIOS are working to the strategic direction of BIOS and to report this progress to the Board.

•To ensure that the Board delegates sufficient authority to the standing committees and CAG and NCAG to enable the work of BIOS to be carried our efficiently and effectively between meetings of the Board.

Main tasks

•To liaise with and monitor the activities of the other Trustees

•To represent BIOS and BOSTU at local, regional and national level

•To act as an ambassador for the Profession

•To build a constructive relationship with and between other Board members

•To monitor the composition of the Board and ensure action is taken to remedy any deficiencies.

Term of office

The term of office is 3 years with re-election for further 3 years and no further re-election until one year has passe

Remuneration/time commitment

•The role is seconded, on a one day a week basis, with the releasing employer being refunded for the work done on behalf of BIOS.

•Candidates should have the support of their employer before applying and also be able to attend face to face meetings as part of their role in various locations in the UK and Ireland.

•If not seconded this role may be suitable for a part time BIOS member who could invoice BIOS at a daily rate of £200 for 1 day per week (7.5 hours).

•Full and reasonable expenses are paid for travel, accomodation and subsistence in accordance with the BIOS expenses policy.

Election process

•Candidates must be paid-up BIOS members and proposed by 2 full BIOS members;

•They should submit a CV with evidence to support matching the person specification and job description;

•Prospective vice chairs should be prepared to be interviewed by the honorary officers face to face or by phone/ electronic communication;

•Where more than one candidate applies there will be an election following normal BIOS election procedures.



Orthoptic qualification (Diploma or Degree),Registration with the HCPC,Full member of BIOS ,Work to requirements of the Code of Practice and Professional Standards of the British & Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS) and HCPC


Demonstrable knowledge of the mechanisms for registration, codes of practice and standards for orthoptists, previous strategic role within BIOS or professional workplace

Previous Experience:Essential:Active within BIOS and played a key role in the regional / country structure,

Previous Experience:Desirable:Evidence of ability to contribute effectively on committees both in preparation, contributions at meetings and feeding back effectively

Skills:Essential:Well developed organisational skills;Excellent Leadership skills;Tact and diplomacy;Good communication and inter-personal skills;Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences;Demonstrable commitment to the aims, objectives and work of the Society.Strategic vision for BIOS;Analytical and evaluation skills applied within a constructive framework;Good independent judgement;A people-oriented approach to problem solving and to management;An ability to work effectively as a member of a team;Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership;

Knowledge:Essential:Sound knowledge of the structure of the BIOS and articles of association.The role of a charitable trustee and the charities commission,knowledge of the issues affecting the profession and be able to influence and lead the agenda of the Society making sure the profession continues to develop, keep pace with change and refines its knowledge and practice

Knowledge:Desirable:Knowledge of BIOS documents and where to direct members to find them on the BIOS website. Wider health issues and mechanisms of health care systems in England and the devolved countries


Ability to travel to meetings and take part in teleconferences or video links as required.

Attendance at trustee, council and BIOS AGM

Attendance at extra ordinary BIOS meetings or AGM as required

Participation in honorary officer monthly business meetings, adhoc committees for example to review a complaint or recruitment process

Represent BIOS at national level and deputise for the chair.

























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