Job description- Chair of Board

Roles + Responsibilities of CAN's Chair

The Chair's job is central to CAN's operation.


  1. Providing overall leadership and direction for the Network
  2. Convening the quarterly meetings of the Board
  3. Nurturing relationships within the Board and between its members and all others in the Network
  4. Building and maintaining CAN's relationships with other bodies and groups
  5. Working with CAN's Project Officer on being the public face of CAN

Duties of all Board Members

  • Attend 4 quarterly 1/2 day-1 day CAN Board meetings, including the CAN-Do and AGM, in one of the five main cities
  • Commit to 3 year cycle as Board Member to retain knowledge and build on the CAN Vision
  • Provide overall direction and management for CAN
  • Ensure 1,3,5 year strategic and business plans are in place and monitored e.g set KPIs
  • Ensure realistic goals are set for CAN and that these goals are met
  • Ensure CAN complies with company law and other relevant legislation
  • With the Treasurer, monitor CAN’s financial performance and make sure the Network remains profitable; Manage financial, legal and other risks to CAN
  • Be familiar with CAN’s policies and procedures and ensure they are followed
  • Consult with management staff on issues
  • Provide leadership and motivation for employees, volunteers and members
  • Act as a bridge between CAN including its groups and members and the outside world
  • Represent the organisation at conferences and official occasions

Additional duties of chair

  • Convene and run Board meetings
  • Actively developing relationships with stakeholders
  • Maintaining an overview of CAN's vision and mission

Desired qualities and experience

  • Extensive leadership and governance experience
  • Excellent communications and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to manage many facets of a complex job at once
  • Keen awareness of CAN's vision and mission, and of the role that transport cycling can potentially play in New Zealand society
  • Not for Profit experience
  • A commercial perspective and experience of balancing tight budgets
  • Abilities and connections that will be helpful to the CAN Board
  • Ideally, knowledge + experience in one or all of the following: fundraising, lobbying, marketing, communication, relationship management


  • CAN membership
  • Member groups of the Network
  • Funders

Support/working relationships

  • Other Board members

Time commitment:

  • Varies during the year, but might average 3-6 hours per week


  • Working with a great bunch of people in an area of social change
  • Gaining varied and challenging experience at a leadership level with a dynamic non-profit organisation
  • Normal expenses, a per diem when travelling, and a consideration for annual communications and other costs is payable

Here's a diagram of CAN's Structure 2017


CAN Structure Diagram