Trustees | National Autistic Society

Job Title: Trustees | National Autistic Society
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: Unremunerated
Reference: NAS
Contact Name: Jennifer Horan
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 21, 2021 15:56

Job Description

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and one of the country’s major charities, with a turnover of around £95 million. Since 1962, we’ve been transforming lives, changing attitudes and helping to create a society that works for autistic adults and children.

Our head office is in London, and we have national offices in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and a network of regional offices and volunteer-run branches across the UK. As well as adult services and schools, we run a range of programmes, have dedicated diagnostic services and run specialist helplines. We also work closely with businesses, local authorities and government to help them provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws. And we improve public understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face.

This is an exciting and truly transformational time to be part of our charity. Since March 2020, our organisation has had to be extremely agile and adapt in many ways. Our policy work has had to focus on issues thrown up by the pandemic, such as the right for autistic people to stick to routines, including going out of the house more than once. Our services and schools have had to respond to changing regulations and ensure they keep people safe and supported.

We’re looking for three new trustees to join our board over the summer to help us navigate the future challenges.

We’re keen to ensure our board is diverse in every way and we’re committed to ensuring our Trustees reflect our society, our charity and the people we represent and support. We welcome applications from autistic people, their families and carers. To achieve greater diversity, we’re actively encouraging applications from people of all backgrounds and regions.

We’re looking for people who can provide strategic direction, appropriate oversight, scrutiny, challenge, leadership and passion to support our development. We’re open to people who have skills and expertise in either general management, risk or compliance, strategy, commercial growth, human resources, EDI, legal, clinical and finance.

As a UK charity we’re keen to ensure our board represents all four countries, and so we’d like one of our trustees to be based in either Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The National Autistic Society Board meets four times with one overnight strategy away day every year. We expect our Trustees to join one sub-committee which also meets four times a year. All our meetings are currently virtual, and, in the future, we expect that we’ll have a blended mix of face-to-face and virtual meetings. We expect the time commitment overall to be two-three days per month.

For further information about the role and to apply, please visit the job page on Peridot Partners' website:

Closing date: 9am, Monday 7th June 2021