Board member at Spinal Injuries Association

Job Title: Board member at Spinal Injuries Association
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Unknown
Salary: N/A Voluntary
Reference: Ref: 604191
Contact Name: Bernie Murphy
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 22, 2020 16:38

Job Description

We are the UK’s leading user-led charity supporting people who sustain damage to the spinal cord. We are a passionate organisation with a 45-year track record of meeting the needs of spinal cord
injured people. We support people and their families and friends in the immediate aftermath of injury, during their rehabilitation and at any time afterwards.

  • Our vision is a fulfilled life for everyone affected by spinal cord injury.
  • Our mission is to support all those affected by spinal cord injury by advising, educating and campaigning on their behalf.

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone living with a spinal cord injury. We have redeployed our operational teams – Support Network Officers, SCI Nurse Specialists and Caseworkers – greatly expanded our Support Line and are now delivering many of our services in new and different ways. Our work has doubled as we have worked to ensure that no one with SCI is left to face Coronavirus alone.

Our Trustee Board is a crucial part of our organisation, and their leadership is more important than ever this year as we navigate these challenges. Our Board consists of 15 Trustees, nine of whom are directly elected by the Association’s membership, and six who are independently appointed (co-opted) for their skills and/or experience. Our aim is to have a balanced Board membership which truly reflects our constituents, values, aims, ethos, and the wider community - after all, SCI can and does happen to anyone!

Our Trustee Board is the ultimate governance body for SIA, being responsible for our operations, finances and strategy. Our trustees provide strategic direction and ensure that we have appropriate financial and legal checks and balances in place. They also represent SIA externally, assisting in raising our profile and help to build relationships with key stakeholders.

We are seeking two new Trustees to join our Board.
The successful candidates will be required to prepare for and attend quarterly meetings of the Trustee Board and the organisation’s Annual General Meeting. Board members will be expected to join one the Board’s sub-committees as well, for which there will normally be four meetings a year.

The Board of Trustees has a range of statutory duties and other responsibilities as set out in the description below. The role is voluntary and therefore unremunerated; however, all approved expenses incurred whilst on SIA business will be reimbursed. It is your skills and time that we need.

We are looking for innovative, collaborative, passionate and committed people to join our Board and we strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

We are aiming to prioritise people with lived experience of, or affected by, a spinal cord injury and firmly believe that the ability to demonstrate potential is equal to experience. Women and people from diverse backgrounds are currently under-represented on our Board and we therefore positively welcome applicants the breadth of the communities we support.

Specifically, we are looking to recruit Board members who can demonstrate experience/ skills/ knowledge around the following areas:

1.A rights based campaigning background:
- broader than SCI e.g. disability rights campaigning (national or international);
- understanding the strategy and tactics behind building movements/ public interest;
- experience in coalition building;
- Advocacy/policy change and politics-influence experience;
- Connections for influence.

2.Network Building:
- Creating coalitions;
- Creating ‘hooks and ins’ for organisations to join;
- Platform/ learning building.

3.Digital engagement:
- Technical side of building single digital space & back end CRMs;
- Creative side of creating front face/ user side platform for use by multiple organisations/ individuals;
- Any skills connecting into 1 and 2 above.

4.Leadership/ change/ governance:
- Modern governance for Not For Profits (NFPs) and Charities;
- Exec-level and Chair leadership experience of NFPs and/or Charities;
- Evidence of skills in growing charities/ NFP

As a co-opted Trustee, you will be appointed for a 1 year term initially, but this can be renewed if you continue to add value to the Board. All Board Trustees have equal representation and voting rights.

Application Process
If you would like to apply for this challenging but rewarding role please send your CV along with a supporting statement telling us why you are applying to Bernie Murphy at by midnight on 26th June 2020.

If you would like to have an informal conversation before submitting your application, please contact Bernie via email who will be happy to facilitate this for you. All applications will be reviewed against the role description and person specification by a small team of trustees by 1st July 2020.

Everyone will be contacted by email or phone with regards to the success of their application at this stage and will have the opportunity to get feedback if they are not successful.

If you have been shortlisted, you will be invited to for a one-hour interview with two trustees and the CEO. Interviews will take place between the period 6th to 10th July 2020. Please advise us in your application if you cannot be available during this period.

A decision will be made by 10th July and if you are successful you will be asked to attend your first trustee meeting to be held on 18th July 2020. All Board meetings ordinarily take place at our offices in Milton Keynes; however they are currently being conducted via Microsoft Teams videoconferencing and we are increasingly looking to use technology to facilitate meetings and enable participation.