National Autistic Society – Trustee and Chair of the Education Quality & Development Committee

National Autistic Society – Trustee and Chair of the Education Quality & Development Committee

Location: Meetings are normally held in Central London
Time Commitment: circa 3 days a month
Voluntary role, reasonable expenses will be payable.

Would you like to be part of the leading UK charity for autistic people and their families, which campaigns tirelessly for a world that works for autistic people?

The National Autistic Society (NAS) is a significant national charity with circa £95 million turnover. They are the UK’s largest provider of specialist autism services. They have more than 3,400 staff and volunteers who bring passion and expertise to the lives of 100,000 autistic people every year through our schools, in the community, at work and at home. With a head office in London, national offices in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and a network of regional offices and volunteer-run branches across the UK, NAS run a range of programmes and have dedicated diagnostic services and an Autism Helpline.

NAS provide specialist autism education across nine schools, including the NAS Multi Academy Trust and a number of Free and Independent schools and mainstream inclusion units across the UK. With the increase in the number of schools and a growing education division they must ensure educational quality and that their governance continues to be appropriate and scalable.

This is an exciting and truly transformational time to be involved in the NAS, as their new Director of Education starts in January 2019, and as they seek to establish local governing bodies within all of their schools. With a rapidly growing schools’ network and a requirement to recruitment new school Principals over the next 12 months, by sharing your expertise of school leadership and governance you’ll help them to build further capacity and play a key role in supporting more autistic children to have more opportunity in life. You’ll also support further improvements in educational quality, leadership and governance.

In order to be able to deliver the added value, you’ll need to have leadership experience in school education as well as experience of SEN, school improvement, and a good knowledge of Ofsted’s requirements in assessing school performance and of their expectations for leadership and governance.

The NAS Board meets four times a year, one of these meetings is extended to include an overnight stay followed by a strategy day, the Education Quality & Development Committee (EQD) meets three times a year and it is expected this person would join a Local Governance Body of a local school which meets each term.

They are looking for someone who can provide strategic direction, appropriate oversight, scrutiny, challenge, leadership and passion to support NAS’s future development and who can commit to around three days a month.

For more information and to apply, please download National Autistic Society – Chair EQD – Recruitment Pack>

Jennifer Horan on 07519 070497 and or Grant Taylor on 07958 690184 and

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