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Become a trustee

Use your expertise to achieve real change - join our Board of Trustees

Martin M Voices 2018 (1)Trusteeship is one of the most important roles in the voluntary sector. Becoming a trustee at Brandon will give you the chance to use your skills and experience to make a lasting difference to the people we support.

In return for your commitment and expertise there's a real opportunity to develop your skills, influence decision-making, and enhance people's lives as part of a talented, collaborative team.

Why become a trustee?

You'll find numerous reasons to join us if you look around this website and find out more about how our work enables people with learning disabilities and autism to live the lives they choose.

There's lots for you to gain as an individual too. We aim to provide the support and development to build and enhance your own CV. As a Brandon trustee, you'll benefit from:

  • A tailored induction and mentoring programme, covering the duties of a trustee, how we provide services, safeguarding and much more
  • Bespoke training and development in a range of areas related to your trustee duties, tailored to your needs and aspirations
  • Peer exposure to other highly-experienced Board professionals
  • Unique insight into a key national sector at a time of great change
  • The opportunity to develop your skills and apply them to real-world challenges
  • The chance to extend your network and hone your influencing and leadership skills

Interested in finding out more about what's involved? Simply select the headings below for more detailed information.

About the role of a Brandon trustee

You'll have a clear commitment to our mission and to upholding and enhancing the rights of people with learning disabilities. You'll understand the difference between the Executive's responsibility for management, and the Board's governance role.

The collective Board duties are varied. They include ensuring that Brandon has a vision for delivering positive outcomes for its beneficiaries as part of its overall plan. The Board ensures Brandon has the funds and resources to deliver such outcomes, comply with rules, regulations and the law, behave responsibly, assess risks, and protect its assets.

It's a varied role and includes scrutinising and endorsing strategic plans, monitoring controls, processes and safeguards, and providing advice and support to the Board and management team. You may also, if available, support Brandon at events and sit on appropriate sub-committee(s).

Most importantly, you'll be part of a professional and passionate team working to make a significant difference to the daily lives of people with complex personal challenges whom Brandon supports.

Time commitment

You'll need to commit to the equivalent of approximately 10 days a year for meetings in Bristol in addition to occasional travel to our areas across the south of England, all of which are diarised well in advance. We will reimburse reasonable expenses. Typically, your time will be split as follows:

  • Six to eight Board meetings per year; each a half day
  • Two to four sub-committees per year; membership encouraged after induction period
  • Three visits or more per year to service locations to understand our work in practice
  • Ad hoc event support as you're able
  • During the initial induction programme there will be some additional time to visit staff and services

You'll also need to read Board papers, which can be managed flexibly in your own time.

Read the full job description (PDF, 68KB)

About you

Detailed knowledge of the social care sector and governance aren't necessary; it's your own experience which will enable you to play an active role in leading Brandon during a challenging period for the social care sector.

We are particularly interested in people with senior/board-level experience in the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Operational management/efficiency
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Volunteering
  • Working/living with learning disabilities or individuals with complex needs

An excellent strategic thinker and financially astute, you'll be committed to improving our local communities and enhancing people's lives. Well-organised, you're able to plan for Board meetings and able to read reports ahead of meetings and prepare questions. With a collegiate approach, you bring personal experience, knowledge and skills to bear on discussions, and can challenge in a structured manner and be sympathetic to multiple points of view.

All trustees are subject to statutory and regulatory checks including an enhanced DBS check.

Application process

We hope you're excited to apply to join us. We appreciate the decision to become a trustee is a significant one; we're available to answer any queries you have and to help make the application process as smooth as possible. The process is outlined below:

To apply: Please download an application form (Word, 71KB)

Send the completed application form and your CV, giving details of your employment history and voluntary roles, to ann.collins@brandontrust.org

Closing date for applications: 10am on Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Shortlisting: We will contact you after we've reviewed your application.

Interviews: If you're successful at shortlisting stage you'll be invited to an interview with a small panel of existing trustees. Interviews will be held on Friday, 12 October, 2018 at our Head Office in Patchway, Bristol.

Service user panel interview: If you're successful at the first interview you'll be invited to a panel interview by our service users. This will be on the same date and in the same location as your interview.

Offer: If successful we'll contact you with full offer details. We anticipate a likely start date for onboarding to be in November, and we hope you'll be able to join us at the following Board meeting (subject to full clearances being completed). The position of trustee is not remunerated.

Post offer checks: If you're successful and accept our offer we will then complete a range of statutory and regulatory background checks including DBS checks.

Further information

For more information, please contact Ann Collins, Governance and Executive Assistant, on 0117 907 7200 or email ann.collins@brandontrust.org

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