National Disability Charity seeks new Trustees

Job Title: National Disability Charity seeks new Trustees
Location: Unknown
Job Published: March 28, 2018 14:56

Job Description

This national charity has been supporting people with learning disabilities across England since 1962, and recently expanded to Wales. It was founded by a group of families who passionately believed that with the right support their relatives who had learning disabilities, could live the best life possible.

Today it still holds that belief and their purpose is to ensure that they give the 2,600 people they support the best life possible – whatever their level of disability.

People with learning disabilities face obstacles that are hard to imagine. Their challenges are complex and lifelong.

Even so, with the right care, support and encouragement, the charity believes everyone with a learning disability can find more enjoyment, comfort and satisfaction in life.

The charity provides the specialist care and support that helps people to live with as much independence, choice, dignity and control as possible. Looking to the future, the charity is increasingly using its skills and experience to help people with the most complex, challenging needs.

Trustees are vital to the success of the charity and the lives of the people they support.

Ideal Candidate

The charity is seeking to recruit at least two new Trustees to the Board suitable for appointment by the end of the governance year.

Key Skills Required - the ideal candidate will meet at least one of the following key skills

  • Audit & Risk: Recent experience of and capability to chair an Audit & Risk committee of a substantial organisation (over £80m turnover) , i.e. an experienced Board level A&R chair
  • Clinical professional preferably in Learning Disability: ideally with a national reputation and capable of leading policy discussions
  • Social care / commissioning: forward looking and understands the changing social care and commissioning environment and, ideally, how to influence it
  • Legal: a generalist who has either operated in house as a senior lawyer or as an advisor to large scale organisations (we have access to particular expertise though a specialisation is always helpful), eg a corporate lawyer
  • Property and or related asset management – high level strategic advice on £50m + property portfolio
  • Digital communications: a “Digital Native” with a high level of expertise, ideally someone who has recently set up a digital business or similar

Additional information:

Board meetings are predominately in Bristol with some in London and are usually held during the day.

Three years term

The recruitment process is being undertaken by Inclusive Boards. If you wish to apply for this position, please supply the following:

  • A detailed CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A covering letter (maximum two sides) highlighting your suitability for the role and how you meet the person specification. Please note that the covering letter is an important part of your application and will be assessed as part of your full application
  • Please provide details of two professional referees together with a brief statement of the capacity and over what period of time they have known you. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.