Trustees (Public Relations/Communications and Healthcare)
Organisation: Mermaids UK
Role Type: Voluntary
Location: Central London
Closing Date: Monday 11th March 2019.
This is a unique opportunity to be part of an incredible award-winning charity, Mermaids UK supporting thousands of transgender and gender non-conforming young people and their families to overcome isolation and loneliness.
Mermaids is the only charity working with transgender children and their families under 11 as well as young people up to 19. They do this through a national helpline, signposting, training and 1-2-1 direct support.
The Board of Trustees at Mermaids UK is small and perfectly formed but is now looking to grow and respond to the needs of its service users. As the charity has grown significantly over the last three years, so has the need for expert governance.
We are looking for people who are passionate about improving the lives of trans and gender diverse children and young people. This passion will have come through lived experience or supporting trans rights. We’re also looking for people who have experience either as a Trustee, or as a senior leader, with a charity that has expanded their income, services and operations.
Although we would welcome a broad range of skills to enhance our board we will be able to offer training and development to the right people joining us. Two areas of development for us are PR and Communications, and Health or Social Care.
PR, media and communications Trustee:
Firstly, we’re looking for a PR, media and communications expert. You’ll give guidance and support to the CEO and management team. You’ll be unflappable and resilient with a proven track record of working at the highest level in communications. Through your career experience, you’ll understand the type of attention that a high-profile charity receives and advise on the best way to channel that profile to support the aims of the organisation.
You’ll be a senior professional in healthcare. You’ll understand the challenges navigating the NHS for vulnerable and minority groups as well as the positive the mechanisms for change. We’re not looking for an expert in transgender services – you could be a specialist in mental health or adult healthcare but you will be passionate about supporting young people and their families to access the care and support they need.
As our expert in healthcare you’ll help the charity improve awareness, understanding and practices of GP’s, CAMHS or Social Services and other professionals.
Time commitments and induction:
The Board usually meets four times a year in London and reasonable expenses will be provided. We expect your time commitment to be one day a month, spread over a couple of hours a week. Typically that might be responding to emails or communicating directly with the CEO. A Trustee term is three years, with the opportunity to stay on for a second term.
All Trustees will be expected to take part in our helpline training so they have a real understanding of the support we give, as well as attend one of our residential weekends. You will also be required to have an enhanced DBS check.
Please visit Peridot Partners dedicated microsite for more information and to download a job description: http://www.peridotportal.co.uk/mermaids/
For an informal chat, please arrange a time to talk to our advising consultants, Peridot Partners, Managing Director, Grant Taylor on firstname.lastname@example.org or advising consultant, Jennifer Horan on Jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk
In the first instance, we will ask you to send your CV and a link to your LinkedIn profile before we arrange a chat. Prospective trustees will be invited to meet with Peridot Partners before submitting an application.
Closing Date: Monday 11th March 2019.