Role No: 1135 - This role is now closed

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A Non-Executive Chair is required for ShareSoc, the UK Individual Shareholders Society.

We are seeking a Non-Executive Chair for ShareSoc, a successful membership organisation which supports individuals who invest in the stock market.

ShareSoc has grown impressively over the last five years and is now looking for a Chair with stock market experience and a deep interest in governance issues to lead the board through the next stage in the organisation’s development.

The role will be attractive to candidates as an opportunity to influence and improve the investment environment for individuals, and to play a key role in developing ShareSoc into a much larger, more influential, and effective organisation.

The Chair will be expected to contribute up to 4 days per month. The role is unremunerated (although expenses will be reimbursed). Board Meetings are currently held on-line but were held in London and should be again when practical. 

Business Concept and the Market:

  • ShareSoc is a not-for-profit organisation, created by investors for investors, with the aim of improving the investment experience for individual investors and to promote their interests wherever this is needed.
  • We are very proud to enjoy the patronage of Lord Lee of Trafford, who is regarded as one of the UK’s leading private investors and who shares our passion.
  • With 15% of the UK market owned by individual shareholders, ShareSoc plays a key role through lobbying and campaigning, and through providing educational, networking and information services to individual investors across the UK.
  • We protect the interests of individual investors and enable them to have their proper say as owners of the businesses in which they invest.
  • We provide informative newsletters, digital news channels, company reports, educational events, networking opportunities and both online and physical events.
  • ShareSoc has significantly raised its profile through active campaigns (Beaufort Securities, Sirius Minerals Plc and Woodford Funds) and has grown its membership by over 30% pa. The Board sees considerable potential to further expand our membership and to extend the influence of the organisation.
  • ShareSoc has grown to date with a Non Exec Board and without an Executive Director however we plan to appoint a General Manager once a new Chair has been appointed.
  • Current Chair, Mark Northway, has held the role for the past five years, during which time ShareSoc has become the pre-eminent organisation representing the interests of individual shareholders, has more than doubled its membership and has achieved a sound financial footing. Mr. Northway will remain on the Board as a Non Exec.


The Role:

  • Ensure that ShareSoc’s Board is effective in its task of setting and implementing the organisation’s direction and strategy.
  • Represent ShareSoc’s aims and policies to the outside world.
  • Provide leadership to the Board and plan and conduct the Board meetings effectively.
  • Oversee the adoption, delivery and communication of the organisation’s governance model.
  • Take responsibility for the Board’s composition and development.
  • Ensure the Board focuses on its key tasks, with the support of existing subcommittees.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of an operational framework to support the organisation’s continued growth.
  • The appointment as Non-Exec Chair is for an initial period of one year and may thereafter be renewed on a rolling annual basis by mutual agreement, subject to the further agreement of the members of the Company at each Annual General Meeting.


The Person:

  • A visionary, high profile leader able to lead the ShareSoc Board and leverage the progress already made.
  • Experience of Chairing successful Boards.
  • Experience of dealing with senior industry and government representatives.
  • Some experience of not-for-profit or charity organisations (or Government bodies or quangos) would be beneficial.
  • Experience of growing a Membership Organisation would be beneficial.
  • First-hand investment knowledge across main market and AIM stocks, investment trusts and mutual funds, ideally as a personal investor.
  • Good IT/Tech skills would be beneficial.
  • Sufficient time availability to be able to make the required commitment.


Closing Date for Applications Thursday, 17th June 2021

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