Platform for Life is delivering an innovative, preventative approach to the mental health needs of disadvantaged families in deprived areas of West Cheshire. As a result of recent long term funding, the charity has an opportunity to greatly broaden its work and to communicate more broadly what it does, so that the needs of more struggling families can be met. We are looking to recruit a trustee with senior level experience in a relevant field (broadly: education, social services, mental health) with good connections with relevant statutory bodies and able to bring our work more into the mainstream. We are also looking at some point for a new Chair for the Board and this position may suit someone who has an interest in the Chair role (however such an interest is not a requirement).
· To provide strategic input consistent with the charity’s overall aims, ethos and activities, and based upon a good understanding of the external social and institutional landscape
· To help promote the organisation and its aims with external stakeholders in order to influence statutory bodies to secure funding and/or closer working relationships with them
· To generally contribute management skills and knowledge to enhance the effectiveness of the Board within and outside of the charity.
· Experience of leadership at a senior level in a major organisation, or in a charity, and an ability to work strategically
· In depth knowledge of one (or more) of the fields that impact on the charity’s work: education, mental health, social services; and the statutory bodies that deliver them
· Comfort with working within the social (as distinct from the medical) model of mental health and with the holistic and family-based ethos of the charity’s approach
· Communication skills: confident and credible in different fora and media.
The role is unpaid but we hope the trustee will enjoy being part of an innovative, learning organisation which is making a difference to hundreds of families who are struggling with the twin challenges of deprivation and poor mental health.
Board meetings currently take place quarterly with some business conducted by email between meetings. There are also sub-committee meetings, usually quarterly and also some special meetings. The likely range for this role would be between 4 and 10 hours per month.
If you are interested in finding out more about this position, please contact the current Chair of the Trustees, Andrew Garman, at email@example.com or on 07833 107035.
There is no formal deadline for this position, but we would like to hear of expressions of interest by the end of August 2020 if possible.