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Charity supporting children & families with illness/disability seeks Trustee with legal expertise

Charity supporting children & families with illness/disability seeks Trustee with legal expertise

Closing Date
2 February 2023
Location
Orpington
Time Commitment
At least 3 meetings a year

Every year, 12 to 17 of every 10,000 children born are diagnosed with an illness and/or disability that threatens or shortens life. The diagnosis itself is life-shattering and stressful for each and every family member.

The Maypole Project provides a range of support from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. We provide emotional support to the whole family including siblings and grandparents. Our promise is to be alongside families every step of the way, creating a package of emotional support tailored to their needs, for as long as it is needed.

Our vision is for all families who have a child with a chronic illness or disability to have access to a Maypole Project Support Worker at this time of great need.

This is an exciting opportunity for two trustees to join The Maypole Project’s Board of Trustees.  The role of a trustee is highly rewarding, its key responsibilities being to:

  • ensure that the charity and its trading subsidiaries are governed effectively
  • work in partnership with the Chief Executive to ensure that the organisation has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and that the organisation, the trustees and the Chief Executive are focused on achieving these
  • work within the Board of Trustees to ensure future sustainability, in terms of the impact of activities against assessed need, and financial sustainability
  • ensure that the Board of Trustees is monitoring performance through reports provided by the Chief Executive and senior staff
  • take a particular interest or, by agreement, a lead role in any areas of specialist expert knowledge

The successful candidate will demonstrate leadership and management skills, with the ability to take a considered and clear view on strategic issues and vision. The successful candidate will have an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.

This is a role that requires strategic vision, willingness to devote the necessary time and effort, strong independent judgement, and the ability to lead and work as a member of a team. As a member of the Board of Trustees, you will carry the duties of the post with tact, diplomacy and confidentiality.

What are we looking for?

Ideally we are ​​​looking for trustees who have experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Psychosocial care for families with children with medical needs/disabilities
  • Health and social care policy and/or policy development at senior level
  • Organisational development and people management
  • Strategic development including fundraising strategy
  • Legal expertise
  • Financial management
  • Individuals that have the contacts and networks to help source and retain high-value individual and corporate donations
  • Operating within a board in a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation

We are also looking for applicants with the following attributes:

  • Commitment to The Maypole Project and our mission and values
  • Willingness to devote the time and effort required to undertake the role effectively
  • Strategic vision
  • Sound, independent judgement
  • The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
  • Willingness to speak your mind and make recommendations to the board
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of role
  • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis

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