The Thalidomide Trust seeks legal Trustee
Building on our recent success in securing a lifetime commitment to Government funding to meet the future health and wellbeing needs of our beneficiaries, we are looking for an experienced legal professional to join the Charity as a trustee*. You will help ensure we provide the best possible future for our beneficiaries in the next phase of their lives.
You will bring the following skills and experience to the role:
- Qualified as a barrister or solicitor.
- Well-developed interpersonal skills and an ability to develop positive relationships with individuals from a range of backgrounds.
- Judicial experience.
- Warmth, empathy and a non-judgemental approach.
Knowledge of personal injury, medical negligence and group litigation is desirable but not essential. However, you should be willing to learn new skills and able to devote the necessary time and effort to the Trust – specifically be available to attend, and prepare for, three full day Board meetings and at least two half-day Committee meetings each year.
This is a voluntary role, but reasonable expenses incurred will be reimbursed.
* Following a restructuring exercise in January 2018, your formal title will be a Director of the Thalidomide Trust Company. However, you will operate as a charitable trustee and will be governed by the Charity Commission.
About the Thalidomide Trust
The Thalidomide Trust is a unique organisation supporting less than 450 beneficiaries aged between 56 and 63 born with disabilities as a result of their mother taking the drug, thalidomide, during pregnancy. Their physical disabilities including limb damage, hearing and visual impairment, brain and sensory impairment and damage to internal organs. They are a remarkable group of people, who have achieved a great deal despite often living with extreme levels of disability.
Our beneficiaries have very complex and varied needs which are increasing as they age. The trustees provide effective governance and oversight to ensure the Trust understands these needs and has adequate and well-managed resources to meet them.
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