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The role of vice chair

The vice chair shares the leadership of the board and helps to make the role of chair more manageable.

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While the vice chair's role can vary greatly between individual schools and trusts, the purpose of the role is to:

  • act as a sounding board for the chair
  • share tasks with the chair when agreed, ensuring a manageable workload
  • be the chair's deputy in times of absence

This page covers:

  • typical vice chair duties

  • required skills, knowledge and behaviour

  • succession planning

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