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Trustee for Chron’s and Colitis UK

Location: Hatfield, Herts

Date Posted: 17/07/2019

Closing Date: 15/10/2019

Job Description

Chron’s and Colitis UK are the UK’s leading charity for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

We provide high quality information, practical help and personal care that enables people to manage their conditions. We believe people living with Crohn’s and Colitis should be able to live their lives to the fullest.

We have vacancies for Trustees who can give us a new perspective on our already successful charity. With the numbers of people living with Crohn’s or Colitis growing we need to make sure we meet the demands put on us in new ways. With the retirement of two of our Trustees we are seeking to recruit a minimum of two and up to four dedicated, skilled and ambitious Trustees to help move the charity forward.

Knowledge or experience in health services, the political environment, fundraising, support services or digital maturity would be especially welcome.

This is a great opportunity to develop the skills needed for working at Board level and the charity is happy to provide support and training where necessary to help the successful candidate(s) fulfil their role. Our strong and supportive team want to widen the diversity at their table welcomes and encourages applications from all individuals of all backgrounds.

Board meetings are held four times a year on a Saturday in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Trustees must be able to attend most meetings and are expected to attend an annual away-day (normally in June). They also contribute to our work in other ways by acting as ‘lead trustee’ for a particular area of work or committee and representing the charity at events.

As a voluntary role, travel and other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed, including, if necessary, the cost of overnight accommodation. In addition to the chance to contribute to making a positive impact on the lives of those affected by Crohn’s and Colitis our Trustees also benefit from gaining experience as part of the leadership of a thriving and energetic community.

What are we looking for?

  • Commitment; engagement, compassion; and belief that everyone contributes to a team.
  • Knowledge or experience in health services, the political environment, fundraising, support services or digital maturity would be especially welcome.
  • Our Board would be more diverse with the addition of people:

– from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and /South West England

– with disabilities other than inflammatory bowel disease who may face different issues

– from ethnic minorities – there is a higher incidence of Crohn’s and Colitis in second generation immigrants compared with their parents, and a genetic connection with Ashkenazic Jews

– aged under 30

What difference will you make?

Our organisation is strategically led by an excellent Board of Trustees. They strive to be even better by introducing new viewpoints and skills and offering to support those who might be tomorrow’s leaders. There is an ambitious strategy in place to really make a difference for the growing number of people living with Crohn’s and Colitis. Our Trustees will ensure its delivery.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

In addition to the chance to contribute to making a positive impact on the lives of those affected by Crohn’s and Colitis our Trustees also benefit from gaining experience as part of the leadership of a thriving and energetic community.  This is a great opportunity to develop the skills needed for working at Board level and our strong and supportive team is happy to provide support and training where necessary to help the successful candidate(s) fulfil their role.

How to apply

Closing date: midnight 26th August 2019

Interviews: 5th, 6th, 12thand/or 13thSeptember at the charity’s offices in Hatfield.

Via Reach – Submit a short up-to-date CV and supporting statement (no more than one side of A4) outlining why you wish to become a Trustee. This should detail the contribution you feel you could make to the Board and any relevant experience and/or training.

We will then ask you to complete our Skills Audit form for Trustees.

Complete our Equal Opportunity Monitoring form for Trustees. This will be held separately from the application and anonymised post selection except for the successful candidates.

Candidates will be informed whether they have been shortlisted by 5pm on 30thAugust.Interviews will be conducted by Sarah Denselow (Trustee), Sue Cherrie (Chair) and Sarah Sleet(CEO) at the charity’s office in Hatfield.

Should you be shortlisted and require reasonable adjustments to be made in order to attend, please let us know.

Current Trustees are available to have short informal phone conversations with any candidates interested to find out more about the role. If this is something you are interested in please contact Reach in the first instance to arrange a time to speak to a Trustee or if you have any other queries.

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