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Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust seeks Trustee with legal background

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust seeks Trustee with legal background

Closing Date
31 January 2021
Location
Meetings held in London or Southampton
Time Commitment
Half a day a month

Do you have a legal background and think you could use your skills to help change the lives of young people in recovery from cancer? We are recruiting for a Legal Trustee and want to hear what you could offer.

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national charity that inspires young people aged 8-24 to imagine a new future after cancer treatment. When treatment ends our work begins, as for many young people simply picking up where they left off before their diagnosis just isn’t possible.

Through sailing and other adventure activities, the Trust empowers young people to make friends with others who have had similar experiences (often for the first time), learn new skills, push their physical and mental boundaries, rebuild confidence and rediscover independence. Crucially, they stop feeling like the ‘only one’ and realise what they are capable of again. They can start looking positively towards the future.
The Trust has two bases – in Cowes on the Isle of Wight and Largs on Scotland’s West Coast – and employs a full-time team of 19. A number of seasonal staff are also recruited for the Trust’s main trip season (June-September). We work closely with the leading young people’s cancer charities and our NHS hospital partners to try to ensure every young person who needs support after the end of their treatment can come sailing, and stay involved, with the Trust.

Do you have a legal background and think you could use your skills to help change the lives of young people in recovery from cancer? The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is recruiting for a Legal Trustee and wants to hear what you could offer.

Who we areThe Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national charity that inspires young people aged 8-24 to imagine a new future after cancer treatment. When treatment ends our work begins, as for many young people simply picking up where they left off before their diagnosis just isn’t possible.

Through sailing and other adventure activities, the Trust empowers young people to make friends with others who have had similar experiences (often for the first time), learn new skills, push their physical and mental boundaries, rebuild confidence and rediscover independence. Crucially, they stop feeling like the ‘only one’ and realise what they are capable of again. They can start looking positively towards the future.

The Trust has two bases – in Cowes on the Isle of Wight and Largs on Scotland’s West Coast – and employs a full-time team of 19. A number of seasonal staff are also recruited for the Trust’s main trip season (June-September).We work closely with the leading young people’s cancer charities and our NHS hospital partners to try to ensure every young person who needs support after the end of their treatment can come sailing, and stay involved, with the Trust.

What we’re looking forThe Trust wants to appoint a Trustee with a legal background to support our Board, Youth Board, Chief Executive and Leadership Team in achieving our ambitions. You would join our 10-strong Board of Trustees, responsible for keeping the Trust on track to make sure the best outcomes for young people are always delivered.

The full Board meets four times a year with four committees (Finance and Investment, Governance, Fundraising and HR and Personnel) overseeing and ensuring the ongoing impartial governance of the Trust.

Full Board meetings are usually held in London or Southampton (travel expenses can be reimbursed) but will continue to be held on Zoom during the pandemic. Email and phone calls are expected between meetings with the CEO and other Board Members. You would need to commit to approximately 1/2 a day per month. The role is unpaid.

This is a fantastic opportunity to help steer the Trust towards its 20th anniversary in 2023 and beyond.

Could this be you? You will have a suitable legal qualification, ideally with skills and experience in, or knowledge of, legal requirements relating to company/charitable law and associated governance and be committed to applying these to help the Trust achieve its aims.

You will be passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people recovering from cancer and comfortable making decisions that determine the course the charity takes. An interest in or experience of sailing is not necessary.

In addition, you will have…

  • a responsibility to represent and present the Trust in a positive way at all times
  • integrity
  • strategic vision
  • sound, independent judgement
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship#
  • the ability to work cooperatively as a member of a remote team

The successful applicant will be required to undertake a satisfactory enhanced DBS / PVG check and annual safeguarding training. References will be required.

We value equality, diversity and inclusion and oppose prejudice. We strive to be more representative of all of the young people we support from across the UK and are committed to being an anti-racist organisation.

If you share these values and think you are well suited to this Trustee role, but for whatever reason, feel underrepresented by anything in this advert or on our website, we strongly encourage you to apply to help us be better.

 

Please click here for a link to a full candidate pack and application details.