Trustee (Maternal healthcare expertise)

Reach Volunteering
Voluntary role
Closing date
22 Nov 2020

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Mothers for Mothers are looking for a new Trustee with maternal health care expertise.

This is an exciting time to join Mothers for Mothers. We will be celebrating our 40th anniversary next year and we are looking to bring in some new ideas and initiatives on board, to ensure the provision of ours services continue for another 40 years.

This is a wonderful opportunity to join an organisation supporting women and families affected by perinatal mental illness (PNI) across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

Your skills and experience will add immense value to our Board, as we continue supporting Mothers for Mothers with efficient strategic insight, having a direct impact on the lives of mothers experiencing mental health difficulties.

Role summary

  • Contribute specific skills, interests and contacts, particularly with regard to maternal health and wellbeing
  • Engage in regular review of organisational structure, functions and service delivery.
  • Ensure that the policies and practices of Mothers for Mothers are in keeping with its aims.
  • Formulate and regularly review the strategic aims of the charity with particular emphasis on health.
  • Ensure that the charity functions within legal and financial requirements of a charitable organisation and strives to achieve best practice.

Person specification

  • Experience or a background in a senior leadership role in perinatal health care/mental health work or similar.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Have a commitment to the organisation’s mission.
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Good communication and leadership skills.
  • Be committed to preparing adequately for all meetings.
  • Willingness to draw on their contacts and networks as appropriate.

Time commitment

Board meetings take place quarterly usually lasting 2 hours in the evenings. Trustees should be available on an ad-hoc basis to support CEO and Staff.

How to apply

Applications must be made via Reach in the first instance. Please provide your CV, along with a covering letter stating why you wish to work for the organisation, how your skills would add value to the board and any other relevant information.

Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK. We are the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Connecting people, skills and good causes is our mission and our passion. 

What we do

We help charities and other non-profits find the skills they need to thrive. Every year hundreds of charities recruit volunteers through our service. These volunteers share their skills as trustees, advisors or mentors, carrying out short term projects or ongoing operational roles.  

Our goal is to create a step change in the quality, range and scale of skills-based volunteering and trusteeship in the UK. We are proud of our growing impact.

Why we do it

Charities can boost their capacity, increase their effectiveness and innovate / find new ways of doing things when volunteers donate their professional skills. Trustees play a crucial role in leading charities and overseeing their work. When the trustee board of a charity has a good mix of skills and professional experience, it can govern more effectively.

By supporting charities to recruit volunteers and trustees with valuable skills, we help charities increase their capacity and strengthen their governance.

How we do it

Our online community inspires people to use their skills for social good. We help organisations to make the most of those skills, to think through their needs and to attract the right person. We believe that communication is important in recruiting trustees and volunteers, so our service encourages dialogue between organisations and individuals. Our service is free to volunteers and to most charities. Find out more about when we charge.  

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Contact Us
  • Reach Volunteering
  • 17 Oval Way
  • London
  • SE11 5RR
  • United Kingdom
  • 020 3943 9901
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