So here is my letter and at the bottom some references providing more information about the role of the board chair.
"Whilst the chairing of meetings is important it is by no means the primary role of the Chair of any trustee board. The Chair’s role is about leading the trustees/board/committee and being the visible representative of the organisation. Some of the things that this covers are
- Leading the trustees in the development of strategic plans;
- Ensuring that the charity is run in accordance with the decisions of the trustees, the charity’s governing document, and appropriate legislation;
- Ensuring trustee decisions are acted upon;
- Acting between meetings of the board in making decisions usually within our congregations and fellowships in conjunction with the other officers; and
- Representing the charity at functions, meetings and in the media.
"I don’t believe that Chair’s can, or even should, be neutral. They must be respectful of all views but only accept those that are congruent with the organisation’s object, its values and its strategic objectives. Chairs must be very clear about those values and the goals that the organisation is working towards. This does not mean that Chairs always get their own way but it does mean that they are clear about the processes for decision making and clear about the consequences of each course of action.
"A good chair is inspiring, providing other trustees with confidence in their abilities to both manage the present and to achieve more in the future."
Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators: Model Role Description for Chair
The Trustee Network: Chair E-newsletter
National council for Voluntary Organisations: Chair's Role