Committee Role Description – President (Chairperson)

  • Craig Franklin
  • 13 November 2019
  • 5 minute read


Role of President (Chairperson)



The figurehead of an organisation is the President. It is an esteemed leadership position that should be held by someone who represents the ideals and values of the organisation. They should have a vast knowledge of the organisation and the industry it operates in. They should also have a clear vision for its future direction. The President should be a confident and effective communicator who will normally assume the role of Chairperson and preside over committee meetings.  


Desired skills

  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to lead and motivate others
  • Strategic thinker with strong planning capabilities
  • Strong time management skills
  • Confidence speaking in front of others
  • Ability to work closely with individuals and as part of a team
  • Able to take charge without taking over
  • Willingness to delegate and share authority when appropriate



  • Spokesperson for the organisation 
  • Signs on behalf of the organisation 
  • Responsible for ensuring governance is met
  • Prepares agenda and chairs committee meetings
  • Chairs the organisation’s Annual General Meeting
  • Ensures goals are established for the organisation and plans are developed to reach these goals 
  • Ensures plans are communicated to all members  
  • Reviews plans regularly to evaluate their progress
  • Holds committee members accountable for their roles 
  • Supports other committee members to effectively fulfil their roles
  • Establishes strong values and standards of conduct for all members of the organisation 
  • Oversees that volunteer numbers and skill levels are adequate. Takes an active role in succession planning and recruitment of new committee members.
  • Responsible for communicating with governing bodies, and working with them to improve things for everyone.


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