The Disabilities Trust – Non-Executive Board Members, Finance and Audit

The Disabilities Trust – Non-Executive Board Members, Finance and Audit

Non-Executive Board Members
The Disabilities Trust
Role Type: Voluntary role with expenses (1-2 days per month)
Location: Meetings are held in Central London

The Disabilities Trust is a significant UK charity with income in excess of £55m per annum, assets of over £100m, and 1,800 staff supporting 1,000 people with assessment and rehabilitation for brain injury, complex autism, learning disabilities and physical disability, through residential centres and our day school in Berkshire.

Services, tailored for each individual’s needs, include purpose-built residential accommodation, community-based housing, respite care, special education and community enabling services to maximise each individual’s independence.

The Disabilities Trust is going through a period of change and transformation to ensure that the charity is positioned well for growth and to meet the increasing levels of competition from private healthcare providers. The opportunity is to create an organisation that has the commercial efficiency of a private provider with the values and person-centred focus of a charity.

The Chief Executive, Irene Sobowale, has a vision for the charity to grow and expand, while putting people with disabilities first and their needs at the heart of what the Trust do. The Chair, Steve Howell, shares this ambition and wants to create a board environment where the board members are highly-engaged, committed and feel accountable for supporting the executive team to achieve their goals. As such we are seeking people who want to work with the executive team in a supportive and empowering way and who have the motivation, skills and experience to add real value.

The Board meets 4 times a year in Central London plus a yearly strategy away day. There are also sub-committee meetings including the Audit & Risk Committee, and the Finance & Investment Committee. Non-executive board members are expected to join one of the Committees, which meet 3-6 times a year.

We are looking for two new people who can provide strategic direction, appropriate oversight, scrutiny, challenge and leadership in support of the Trust’s future development. We are looking for commercially minded finance people with experience in either Audit, Assurance and Risk Management, and Corporate or Commercial Finance.

This is an exciting time to join the Disabilities Trust and its Board, as there is both the desire and resources available to grow and expand its services into new areas. You can be a key part in developing the board culture and have the potential to have a real impact on the organisation and its ability to drive innovation and create a successful future. With transformation comes change and the Disabilities Trust requires Board members who can demonstrate a commitment to add value and show a motivation to want to positively change the lives of people with disabilities.

These are voluntary roles although reasonable expenses will be payable.

To access the role profiles, information about the recruitment process and how to make an application please refer to the microsite:

If you would like an informal conversation about the Non-Executive Board Member role and to learn more about The Disabilities Trust you can contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

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

Closing Date: Monday 28th January 2019

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