We are looking for a professional, experienced and talented individual to become the new Chair of the Bags of Taste Board. As we enter the next exciting phase of our growth, this critical role will support and shape the strategic direction of Bags of Taste and provide oversight and governance to the Board of Directors. You’ll also be able to support us to grow and raise our profile across the country.

You’ll be joining a dynamic, forward-thinking organisation that is changing attitudes and approaches to dietary change in the UK. We have a group of dedicated and talented staff and volunteer team across the country. Your role will be critical in helping us reach us reach as many people as possible.

Time commitment

The Board meets online four times a year, meetings last around an hour and a half. The Chair would also need to meet the CEO for about 3 – 4 hours each month.

Future plans

The work of Bags of Taste not only addresses health inequalities but also food poverty and the need for our services has never been greater. People who are living in poverty have been disproportionately impacted by first the pandemic and then the cost of the living crisis and now the energy crisis. This has huge implications for people’s health in the future and our work directly addresses this.

There are 13 Bags of Taste locations at present and we are keen to grow, though recognise that there are many challenges to doing so, particularly in the current climate.  The prospective Chair of our organisation should be someone who can help us to meet those challenges both practically and conceptually, helping us plan resourcing and set an achievable strategy to achieve it

We have been successfully delivering Mentored Home Cooking Courses since March 2020 and are confident that they create long term dietary changes for people.

We already partner and receive funding from a wide range of organisations and want to develop new partnerships and attract funding for all our existing work as well as fund our expansion. There are opportunities to secure contracts from public health, local government and councils, the NHS and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) as well as funding from trusts and foundations and companies.

Watch the feedback from participants in our Newham project in this video of participants one year after doing the course, commissioned by our client, Newham Council:

Experience required

Required for this role

  • Experience or understanding of the requirements and responsibilities of Chairing a board
  • Experience of providing strategic leadership
  • Constructive, problem solving approach, with a drive to understand the underlying reasons for problems
  • Experience of developing and scaling small businesses
  • Passion for Bags of Taste’s vision and enthusiasm to see the organisation grow.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Empathetic and supportive

Experience and expertise especially welcome in the following areas:

  • Healthcare
  • Food industry
  • Public health
  • Experience in working with vulnerable people
  • Commissioning from local authorities
  • Fundraising from institutions (government, trusts and foundations) and from private individuals
  • Partnership working
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Knowledge and links within local or national government

We are also looking at recruiting up to two new Non-Executive Directors for the board and the new Chair will have the opportunity to be involved in recruiting new members. For this reason we are flexible on the specific field of experience of the Chair, as we can look to recruit other board members with complementary skills.


Remote/home based

Closing date:                      

6th December 2022


This role is an unpaid voluntary position. Expenses will be paid if incurred as part of the role.

How to apply:          

You can download the full job pack here.

Bags of Taste Chair job pack (2)   

Please send your CV with a covering letter, detailing your relevant experience and skills, to the following email address: [email protected]


Interviews will be held in mid-December.

Find out more:                   

We would actively welcome any potential applicants to call us and discuss the role in more detail,  you can contact Alicia at [email protected]