Non-Executive Volunteer Board Position

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

job description

About Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce was established in 1988 and we are proud to be nationally accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

We are an independent, local, not-for-profit organisation, whose main aim is to improve the prosperity and competitiveness of Cornish businesses.

The network now links over 10,000 businesses across all sectors and size of business, representing around 45,000 jobs. No other Cornwall network has access to such a range of businesses.

We are linked to 52 regional Chambers across the UK. No other organisation has the reach of the BCC Network which is over 100,000 businesses in the UK, in all sectors, which in turn employ over 5 million people.

It provides powerful national representation and lobbying, through strong working relationships with policy and decision makers in the UK and Europe, leading to increased credibility and standing for Chambers of Commerce with Government and opposition parties and other agencies. The British Chamber of Commerce’s Director General is one of the Prime Minister’s key advisors; and our Quarterly Economic Survey is fundamental in driving government policies.

Purpose: To act as a voting member of the board with full authority and responsibility to develop policies for the operation of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce; to monitor Cornwall Chamber of Commerce’s financial health, programmes and overall performance; and to provide the Chief Executive Officer the resources needed to serve Cornwall Chamber of Commerce’s members and the wider business community in Cornwall.

Requirements for new Board member:

Must be a member of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

Current or recent strategic leadership of an organisation

Excellent communication and negotiation skills

Dynamic and entrepreneurial

Passionate about Cornwall and the business community

Wide experience of business

To enhance the current Board skills set a background/experience in any of the following:


Human Resources

Equal Opportunities

Micro-business development

High level key account management skills

The Full Board’s Responsibilities are to:

Establish policy

Hire and evaluate the Chief Executive

Secure adequate funding for Cornwall Chamber of Commerce activities

Monitor finances

Create and update a long-range plan for Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

Select and support Cornwall Chamber of Commerce executives

Adopt key operating policies; review contracts/policies/processes as appropriate

Individual Board Member’s Duties:

Attend board meetings regularly

Become knowledgeable about Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

Come to board meetings prepared and informed about agenda issues

Contribute to meetings by expressing a point of view

Consider other points of view, make constructive suggestions and help the board make decisions that benefit Cornwall Chamber of Commerce’s activities

Represent Cornwall Chamber of Commerce to individuals, the public and other organisations in a positive and professional manner

Support Cornwall Chamber of Commerce through attendance at special events and activities

Assume board leadership roles when asked

Keep the Chief Executive informed of relevant business concerns

Maintain confidentiality of board discussion

Rationale: Board members set corporate policies and goals and delegate authority to the Chief Executive to implement such policies and goals in the day-to-day management of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. Individual members of the board, however, have no authority to act independently of the full board on policy issues. Board members who abuse their position this way may be disciplined or censured.

Board members are also trustees of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce who approve an annual budget that ensures it can meet its financial needs. In addition, board members monitor the overall financial health of their Cornwall Chamber of Commerce by reviewing annual reports of an auditor recommended by the Chief Executive. The Chief Executive retains responsibility for day-to-day operational expenditures.

Individual board members should attend all board meetings and actively participate in them and serve on committees and/or as board officers. Board members have the responsibility to know and fulfil their role within Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and to act in the best interest of its members.



This process will be completely confidential. 

Please send a résumé with a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements of the position and why you would like to join the Board of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce by email to or by post to:

Norma Heather,

PA to the CEO,

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce,

Cardrew House,

Cardrew Way,


TR15 1SP


Closing date. The closing date for this opportunity is 5.00pm on Friday 15th March.


All prospective candidates will be personally contacted post shortlisting and interviews will be held for this position on. This is a fixed term appointment for up to two periods of three years.

contact information

business: Cornwall Chamber of Commerce
address: Cardrew House
Redruth, Cornwall TR15 1SP
phone: 01209216006 (Call Now)