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Chair and Trustees | Alternative Futures Group

Come and join the board of an organisation full of amazing people, doing amazing things, every day.

  • Location: North West
  • Salary: Chair: £15,000 p.a. Trustees: unremunerated with reasonable travel expenses.

About the roles

Alternative Futures Group is one of the largest not-for-profit Health and Social Care charities in the North West and has been changing lives, creating independence and achieving great outcomes for the brilliant people we support for over 28 years. Operating as a Trading Charity, our income is solely derived from locally commissioned services which are funded either by Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups or by Individual Direct Payments.

With an annual turnover of over £60m, we employ 2,000+ staff who proudly support more than 1,000 people with a range of learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Our support provision is delivered by our amazing workforce combined with the latest digital technology. This enables us to take a personalised approach with our service tailored to meet the specific needs of each and every individual we support.

We connect people to their loved ones and the communities in which they live, promoting independence, choice and opportunity. Above all, each individual we support lives a full independent life, as they wish to live it.

By getting to know the people we support, understanding what is important to them and how they want to be supported, our person-centred approach allows us to tailor support. We develop person-centred care plans and one-page profiles by working in partnership with our people, their families, advocates and local authorities.

We focus on the things that are important to the people we support, ensuring together, we help them to reach the outcomes they want to achieve.

As a large, successful charity in the North West, but one without a significant public profile, we have often described ourselves as the charity world’s “best kept secret“.

To meet our aims and drive forwards our ambitions, we no longer want to be a secret!

We are proud of what we do and the difference we make in people’s lives. Our new strategy includes the aim to raise our profile and elevate our clients’ voices in the public sphere.

In order to support our plans and enable and empower our people to do amazing things, the Board is now looking to appoint a new Chair and two new Trustees to replace those whose terms have come (or are coming) to an end and to take AFG forward.

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Lucy Mavers

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Welcome from The Trustee Board

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in joining Alternative Futures Group as our new Chair or as a Trustee.

We are one of the largest not-for-profit Health and Social Care charities in the North West, we employ 2000+ staff who proudly support more than a 1,000 people with a range of learning disabilities and mental health issues. Some of our services include supported living, community outreach and we operate independent hospitals.

Throughout our services, we’re a digitally progressive organisation encouraging the opportunities technology offers to facilitate greater choice, control, and independence for the people we support.

We want everyone to enjoy what we do in our work, have fun, and share that enthusiasm with our people and partners to create a ‘world where people control their lives’. Together we can unlock even more skills, gifts, and talents so the people we support can achieve their dreams, goals, and aspirations.

This is a very exciting time to join Alternative Futures Group as we embark on our next five-year strategy to continue to create a modern and progressive organisation, to push boundaries of independence, choice, and control for our beneficiaries and to deliver mid-to-long-term financial sustainability for our organisation and people. Through our new strategy we have an ambition to be the market leading provider of innovative and digitally connected support for our people.

We’re now looking for a new Chair who shares our values and has the commitment and passion to lead our Trustee board, providing strategic vision, scrutiny and support that will allow our teams and our people to thrive.

As our Chair, you’ll have an enabling and inclusive approach, able to bring the best out of our executive team and Trustees. We’re looking for a depth of experience, but a lightness of touch, someone who’s committed to good governance and brings an enthusiasm and dynamism. You’ll share our mission to unlock skills, gifts, and talents to support everyone’s right to achieve their aspirations.

We’re looking for a successor to Chris Hannah who brings a strategic, commercial mindset, has a good grasp of digital developments, and understands the commissioning landscape. This is a role that requires a great deal of networking and engagement with our staff and the people we support including other key stakeholders. Most importantly, you’ll have an open, empowering and enabling style to support us to deliver impact and outcomes for everyone.

We’re keen to encourage applications from as diverse a range of candidates as possible.

If this interests you, then please read on and get in touch with our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to discuss further.

Kind regards,

The Trustee Board

Who we are looking for

To lead our organisation, we are seeking a dynamic, experienced Chair with significant successful experience of building effective networks, relationships and partnerships to further our organisational objectives, whilst maintaining our strong reputation with our regulators and commissioners.

Our Chair will bring considerable successful experience as a trustee or non-executive Board member, and substantial recent experience at senior level in a similarly complex organisation.

We are particularly keen on attracting those with substantial commercial acumen, to add to the diversity of experience on the Board. It is essential that our new Chair brings experience of considerable organisational transformation and growth, and a balance of people-centred, value-led and commercially focused business experience.

The time commitment for the role is circa three days per month and there is a remuneration of up to £15,000 per annum, depending on candidate experience, suitability, and availability.

To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search advisers at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | 07947 935068 | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 31st May 2021

Who we are looking for

We are seeking people with a fundamental alignment to our charitable purpose and mission. With exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, you will bring sound judgement, the ability to think strategically and offer constructive challenge and debate to the Board and senior officers.

While new Trustees do not necessarily need to have held previous non-executive roles, they will be able to demonstrate a successful track record in wide reaching senior leadership positions.

Specifically, to complement the strengths of our existing team, we are looking to appoint two Trustees with experience at a strategic level in one of the following areas:

  • Clinical Mental Health experience, ideally including commissioning.
  • Senior Public Sector, Social Care or Commissioning experience, previous experience of young people in transition would also be welcomed.

In order to help drive our organisation forwards whilst maintaining our strong reputation with our regulators and commissioners we are ideally looking for new Trustees with a strong profile and connections to networks across the North West, and the ability to promote and boost awareness of Alternative Futures Group and our philosophy.

Time commitment of circa one day per month. In addition to board meetings, each Trustee will have membership of one subcommittee.

To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search advisers at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | 07947 935068 | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 31st May 2021

Our History

We’ve been changing lives, creating independence and achieving great outcomes for the brilliant people we support for over 28 years.

In that time, we’ve created lots of magical memories and continue to shape future opportunities to involve the people we support as they go about their daily lives in the local community; and also opportunities to bring families, friends and everyone together to shape our future.

Alternative Futures was founded by Matthew Clarke on the 22nd January 1992. It then went on to gain its charitable status in February of that year.

Originally located in Merseyside in 1992, Alternative Futures pioneered alternative provision to patients living in hospitals and institutions who we enabled to move into a community setting.

Alternative Futures were commissioned to provide support for people with the most complex needs, which other organisations couldn’t always accommodate. From the outset we have been creative and innovative market disruptors.

From our origins in Merseyside we have evolved to become a large North West based provider of support, care and specialist services to adults with a wide range of needs such as learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs.

Alternative Futures Group Today…

Alternative Futures continues to strive to enhance people’s lives as a trailblazer within the sector.

We continue to support individuals to realise their aspirations, working locally in the community providing supported living and community outreach services, based at our Independent Hospitals, and through individual budgets.

Our supported living and community outreach services offer different models of support for individuals. Whether in someone’s own home, flat schemes or shared accommodation, we have a range of individual flexible packages available from 24 hours, to just a few hours of support per week within the community, depending on individual needs.

Our Independent Hospitals provide healthcare and support for people with serious mental illness along a recovery pathway influenced by a psychosocial intervention framework.

We ensure the people we support can move along a pathway towards independence at their own pace and build their coping and lifestyle skills gradually within a therapeutic environment.

We also offer a wide range of specialist care and support services to adults with complex needs. Our complex care services ensure the people we support maintain independence and choice.

Complex care support is planned around people’s lives, to ensure dignity and respect. Recognising complexity, and working in partnership, we aim to ensure our support is consistent, long term and of the highest quality. We also understand the sensitivities of providing support in your own home.

As a digitally progressive organisation we encourage the opportunities technology offers to facilitate greater choice, control and independence for the people we support. Alternative Futures continues to strive to enhance people’s lives as a trailblazer within the sector.

What we’re all about

We love what we do, and it shows.

The essence of how we work together and achieve things is in our DNA. It shapes our identity and what we’re all about. We have amazing people at AFG who live and breathe our organisational values.

We want everyone to enjoy what we do in our work, have fun and share that enthusiasm with our people and partners to create a ‘world where people control their lives’. Together we can unlock even more skills, gifts and talents so the people we support can achieve their dreams, goals and aspirations.

So when it came to thinking about our organisational vision, mission and values, we worked closely with our amazing AFG colleagues and the people we support to create them. They’re not just words on a page. They have meaning. They describe what AFG is all about. They get people excited by what is possible.

Our Vision is to create “A world where people control their lives”.

Our Mission is that “Together with our people and partners we will unlock skills, gifts and talents to support everyone’s right to choose and achieve their aspirations”.

Our Ambition is “To be the market leading provider of innovative and digitally connected support for our people”.

Our Ethos is “Amazing people, doing amazing things, everyday”.

Our Butterfly Moments…

Creating Butterfly Moments

During any conversation you have with our staff, the people we support, or their families, you will hear us talking about our Butterfly Moments.

These are the moments in life when the people we support achieve greater control of their lives and do things like…

  • Have the confidence to sing in front of others OR
  • Access the community using public transport

Through our Butterfly Moments, we focus on changing lives and creating independence, choice and control for the people we support.  We have a proud history in delivering positive life-changing outcomes for all.

Every person we support is treated as an individual and has a voice within AFG.

Our organisational philosophy is to focus on supporting people to their furthest point of independence.

To achieve this we collaborate and involve others.  We gain different voices, perspectives and opinions in a number of different ways such as:

Our Strategic Plan

Our Five-Year Strategy

In April 2020 we proudly launched our Five-Year Strategy for 2020 – 2025.  Within this we articulated our strategic ambition to become the “The market leading provider of innovative and digitally-connected support for our people”. 

We will deliver this ambition through achievement of our five strategic aims:

Our focus is to achieve our core charitable purpose and financial sustainability, by becoming the provider of choice for high quality outcomes and digitally-connected support models to our commissioners – Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Over the next five years we will:

  • Create a modern and progressive organisation fit for the future
  • Push the boundaries of independence, choice and control for our beneficiaries
  • Deliver mid to long-term financial sustainability and ‘surplus for purpose

Our five-year strategy, will be underpinned and supported by our Annual Business Plans and Divisional Strategies for our Learning Disability (LD) and Mental Health (MH) offers

Within our Learning Disability offer we have identified clear focus areas for growth with compelling propositions based around improving people’s lives in the areas of (1) Young People in Transition (18 to 25); (2) Transforming Care; (3) New geographies; and (4) Private Payor Market

Within our Mental Health offer our ambition is to become the NHS / MHTs Provider of Choice for Community-integrated, Rehabilitation Services.  This will include the introduction of a Hub and Spoke Locality Model of care.  In this area our growth opportunities include (1) Building Partnerships with Acute Mental Health Providers; (2) Developing our TRC based Rehabilitation Offer; (3) Growing our Community Model; and (4) New Geographies.

Our Governance Structure and the Board

Alternative Futures Group is Governed by our Board of Trustees who are responsible for determining our strategic direction, our operating and financial position and establishing the Group’s control and risk management frameworks – effectively monitoring the management and best interests of our organisation.

Our Board is made up of 12 independently appointed individuals, with a broad range of experience within the Health & Social Care Sector, Business Development, Programme/Project Management to name just a few.

With a duty to act in the best interests of the charity, present and future beneficiaries, our Trustees have a broad range of experience to enable them to offer a unique and diverse level of expertise. Working together with the Executive Team, our Trustees leverage their knowledge, experience and reputation to support the future strategic direction of AFG.

Our Governance structure is based around our Executive Assurance Framework which operates below Board level to meet the changing needs of the organisation and the Board.  Our Board of Trustees sits above our Executive Assurance Framework with dedicated Board Sub-Committees to manage the flow of information, assurance and accountability to and from the Board of Trustees.

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    To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search advisers at Peridot Partners:

    Lucy Mavers |  lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935 068

    Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

    To apply, please submit a CV and a supporting statement (a maximum of two sides of A4). The supporting statement should clearly outline your suitability against the essential criteria in the person specification with an explanation why the role is of interest and relevant to you.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Chair, Alternative Futures Group” or “Trustee, Alternative Futures Group” into the subject field. In your covering email, please let us know of your availability against the dates in the timetable given below. Please also give details of two referees (who will not of course be contacted without your prior knowledge and consent).

    Diversity

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process, to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome any operational difficulties presented by the role.

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Timetable

    Please make a note of the interview dates as these dates cannot be changed.

    Closing date: 9am, Monday 31st May 2021
    Longlist review for Chair: Monday 7th or Tuesday 8th June
    Preliminary interviews for Chair: Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th or Wednesday 16th June
    Shortlist meeting for Chair and Trustees: Thursday 17th or Friday 18th June
    Informal discussions: w/c Monday 21st June
    Final Interviews: w/c Monday 28th June

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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