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Autism Employment Charity CareTrade seeks new Trustee – law expertise welcomed

Autism Employment Charity CareTrade seeks new Trustee – law expertise welcomed

Closing Date
30 June 2021
Time Commitment
5 board meetings and 3-8 committee meetings a year

We passionately belief “employment is the biggest single factor that will transform the life of an autistic person.” and seek to create a world that embraces neurodiversity, especially in the workforce. If you share our vision get in touch.

You share our passion for diversity, equity and inclusion. You may have knowledge of or just an interest in autism and you would like to bring about change that will impact our direct beneficiaries and beyond. You like getting involved. Then this could be the opportunity for you.

Acting together, the trustees govern the charity and support the CEO to ensure effective delivery in line with the charity’s objectives as set out in its governing document. You will be expected to attend all Board meetings and to contribute to one committee (Finance & Risk, Development, Education Advisory Panel, Remuneration). The Board meets 5 times a year and each subcommittee between 3 and 8 times a year. These are currently held remotely however we hope to resume some face to face meeting later in the year (in Central London).

In addition many Trustees get involved in our Mock Interview programme for students, 2 or 3 times a year, fundraising and/or advising on a specific aspect of a project.

Trustees are appointed for an initial three-year term with the opportunity to extend for a further three-year period. As a Trustee you will be required to:

  • Act in the best interests of beneficiaries
  • Devote the necessary time and effort to developing a good understanding of CareTrade and its activities, reading papers and undertaking other preparatory work
  • Enthuse the wider world with what CareTrade is about
  • Think innovatively, critically, independently and strategically
  • Contribute effectively within a talented Board
  • Command the respect of fellow Trustees and management
  • Have a willingness to speak your mind and be constructive
  • Demonstrate a consultative, strategic and supportive style


The ideal candidate will have:-

  • good independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the charity and external environment
  • to be able to balance tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • the ability to lead and to respect confidences of colleagues
  • an understanding of autism would be a benefit

The Board currently has skills gaps in diversity, digital marketing, PR, fundraising, property negotiation, SME and law, however we also welcome candidates with expertise and experience outside of these.

CareTrade works with people across London and is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Applications from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority candidates are particularly welcome as this group is currently under-represented on the Board.

The experience and skills of Trustees may not be obviously apparent when you look at the work of a particular charity but without the gift of that time, expertise and guidance, few charities make strong progress. Behind every dynamic charity there is a strong board.

CareTrade Trustees are a valued resource and crucial part of the CareTrade journey.  Looking forward we are seeking to broaden the expertise and experience of our Board,  to help to support and grow our staff team and to help CareTrade better meet the challenges and take up the opportunities of the future, so we continue to meet the needs of our beneficiaries and create tangible and long lasting change. Neurodiversity is going to become a priority for all employers.

There is an opportunity to be part of something that not only makes a dramatic difference to individuals we support and their families but to help the charity reach beyond and help effect a wave of change across employers bringing greater equity and diversity.

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