Trustees | Ambitious about Autism

Job Title: Trustees | Ambitious about Autism
Location: London
Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid
Reference: Trustees
Contact Name: Jennifer Horan
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Job Published: July 15, 2021 12:58

Job Description

Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism.

We are proud of our pioneering approach, which started in 1997 when a group of parents set up the TreeHouse Trust to enable autistic children and young people to access the education they need and deserve. Since then, we have increased our reach and impact across the UK. We want to see a world where the ordinary is the everyday experience of children and young people with autism.

Although the pandemic impacted our fundraising activities, we acted quickly, and after the first lockdown, we launched our Emergency Coronavirus Appeal. We exceeded our ambitious target and have continued to develop successful and innovative fundraising opportunities to help us address the crisis that autistic young people and their families were and are still facing.

Despite our many successes, the sad fact is that autistic children and young people still face a lack of understanding of their needs and the right support. Their worlds have been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, and they need our support now more than ever.

We are committed to ensuring the diversity of our board, so we expressly encourage applications from a wide range of people. This includes the categories protected by UK law as well as socioeconomic background and ways of thinking. We welcome people who have never been trustees to apply. Induction, training and support will be provided to support new trustees.

We are keen to recruit at least one autistic person to join our board. The range of skills and experience we are also seeking for new trustees include:

  • expertise in strategic finance
  • specific skills and expertise in supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities at a senior leadership or policy level
  • parents or carers of pupils or learners attending our schools and/or college.

In summary, we are looking for four people who can add a different point of view, support and challenge us as we embark on our new strategy at a critical yet exciting point in our development.

We expect the time commitment to be approximately one day per month. We meet four times a year as a board, including a trustee strategy day. Each trustee is also expected to join a sub-committee and attend meetings. Therefore, the time commitment reflects preparation time for meetings, with occasional visits to our settings to engage with our work and external events.

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