Volunteering

Trustees | Gas Safe Charity

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

Date Posted: 15/01/2021

Closing Date: 01/03/2021

Join the board of Gas Safe Charity, an organisation who ensure those most at risk are safe from gas poisoning, fires, and explosions through providing information, support, and facilitating awareness and funding.

About the role

Every year poor gas work and faulty or old appliances cause accidental death or injury. Gas Safe Charity exist to keep those most at risk, safe from gas poisoning, fires and explosions and strive to reduce gas-related injury, illness, and death.

We provide information and support; facilitate awareness and funding; work with charities and other organisations already trusted to go into people’s homes; and deliver practical and preventative guidance.

We are a small charity founded in 2009 led by a Board of Trustees, with an unpaid Executive Chair and a Company Secretary & Administrator. We are driven by the evidence about risks and the most effective ways to communicate them. We have designed and supported programmes that make a real impact to help people to help themselves to be gas safe.

We inform, educate and support people who need it most through our programmes. Some of our programmes include The Hardship Fund which gives grants for gas safety work for vulnerable consumers and Think CO, now in its seventh year, wherein we support people who work in the homes of vulnerable people to ensure they are more aware of the signs of symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and thus save lives. When we are not locked down, we also work with 80-100,000 pupils a year through Safety Centres in 9 urban areas in the UK, which involve children in their last year of primary school in visiting fully equipped centres to learn about risks and risk management in everyday life.

Who we’re looking for

To enable us to achieve our mission and continue our strategy, we are looking for people to join our board. We strongly believe that it is important to have a board which reflects the diversity of our society and the people with whom we work.

We are looking for three people to join our board who have skills and experiences in the following areas. We are keen to appoint someone with marketing and communications skills who can support our initiatives across a wide range of areas including, social media, website, brand, and publications. We are looking for someone with experience as a gas engineer to join our board and advise us from their perspective.  We are also seeking someone with general experience to provide challenge across the range or our work and governance.

Our board meets 6 times a year for three-hour meetings, with a half or full day away day every year. All meetings are being held via Zoom or MS Teams during the pandemic.  Trustees are also usually members of Project Review Groups and/or lead on specific tasks. Board meetings are usually held in London; Review Groups usually meet in Manchester, Bristol, or London. We expect the time commitment to be up to a day a month.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

Grant Taylor | grant@peridorpartners.co.uk | 07958 690 184

Closing date: 9am, Monday 1st March 2021

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