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Chair of Trustees | Carers UK

We are looking for a Chair who will play a vital role as Carers UK embarks on a new strategy, creating a world in which we can all look after our loved ones without putting our lives on hold.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

Carers UK is the national membership charity for the 6.5 million people in the UK who are unpaid carers. As an organisation we provide expert advice and information for carers, campaign for greater recognition and support for carers, and use our experience and expertise to help other organisations do more for carers.

Our vision is of a society that respects, values and supports carers.

Our Board of Trustees plays a vital leadership role in the work we do while ensuring the charity is equipped and governed effectively, establishing and monitoring strategy and ensuring we are true to our values and keep carers at the heart of everything we do.

As we enter this pivotal phase for strengthening and developing our position as the UK’s largest membership organisation for carers, we wish to appoint a new Chair. Our Chair, David Grayson, will be standing down in October 2020, having completed his term of office.

Who we're looking for

It’s an exciting time to be part of Carers UK, as we work towards a fresh vision of the world we want to create by 2025. Our Board is instrumental in ensuring we make a real impact for carers while fulfilling all our obligations as a charity. This is a fantastic opportunity to chair the UK’s leading national carer organisation, working with a committed and talented executive and wider staff team.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about Carers UK and can inspire our board and lead the organisation towards its pivotal 60th anniversary in 2025. We are looking for someone who can bring enthusiasm and drive as we embark on a strategy review and a new strategy. Your natural style as Chair will be collegiate and collaborative, yet also challenging and able to act as a critical friend to the Board and executive. We are looking for someone who possesses diplomacy and can be visible to our members.

Carers UK is committed to representing the diverse society in which we work and actively encourages applications from people with current or recent experience of caring from all backgrounds and experiences.

For further information about the roles, or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact the executive search team at Peridot Partners:

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

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

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Welcome from the Vice Chair

Dear Applicant,

Despite the economic and societal challenges that we face as a sector and as a nation, Carers UK is none the less ambitious about the next stage of our development. Founded in 1965, the challenges of unpaid carers remain complex and in many ways are more challenging today, despite advances in health and social care.

Much has been achieved, but more needs to be done. As we live for longer, have more fragmented family structures and often live away from family members, more people will provide care for friends and neighbours they are not related to. More and more people are working for longer. Having caring responsibilities and other commitments whilst juggling work with these responsibilities takes its toll on carers.

Carers UK, through its membership and networks, has the ability to understand and research the changing landscape for carers and identify solutions to support carers in the future. We have long-established relationships with national and local governments across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We work with policy makers, employers, health and social care providers, and other organisations with caring fundamental to their existence, to influence them to affect positive, lasting change.

We are now developing an ambitious strategy to help us meet the challenges of the future: changing how carers are viewed; ensuring the challenges, and rewards, of caring are understood by all and that carers are better supported to care for their loved ones whilst living happy and fulfilling lives.

As we enter this pivotal phase for strengthening and developing our position as the UK’s largest membership organisation for carers, we wish to appoint a new Chair.

Our Chair, David Grayson, will be standing down in October 2020, having completed his term of office. We are seeking to build on David’s unstinting contribution by seeking an active and engaged Chair, who can provide the strategic leadership and guidance needed to help meet our vision, mission and future ambitious objectives.

I am pleased to enclose an application pack, which sets out the particular skills and experience we require from a new Chair of the Board. It should contain all the information you need about the appointment process and what being Chair of Carers UK involves.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Passionate about Carers UK and can inspire our board and lead the organisation towards its pivotal 60th anniversary in 2025
  • Supportive of and able to positively challenge the Chief Executive to maximise partnership working between the executive team and the Board
  • Able to proactively represent the charity across sectors, raising its profile, empowering fundraising, and engaging a wide range of stakeholders.

This is a fantastic opportunity to chair the UK’s leading national carer organisation, working with a committed and talented executive and wider staff team, as we head into our sixth decade of making life better for carers.

If you have any questions about the enclosed information, please email our consultant at Peridot Partners.

Virginia Pulbrook
Vice Chair

Across the UK today 6.5 million people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill

That’s 1 in 8 adults who care, unpaid, for family and friends. Within our lifetime, there will be 9 million carers.

Our loved ones are living longer with illness or disability, and more and more of us are looking after them. Whether round-the-clock or for a few hours a week, in our own home or for someone at the other end of a motorway – caring can have a huge effect on us, our lives and our plans.

Caring is such an important part of life. It’s simply part of being human. Carers are holding families together, enabling loved ones to get the most out of life, making an enormous contribution to society and saving the economy billions of pounds.

Yet many of us are stretched to the limit – juggling care with work and family life, or even struggling with poor health ourselves. We often find it difficult to make ends meet if we’re unable to work or if we’ve reduced our working hours to care.

Every day 6,000 people become carers. Many don’t know how or where to get help. It can be frightening and very lonely.

For some it’s sudden: someone you love is taken ill or has an accident, your child is born with a disability. For others, caring creeps up unnoticed: your parents can’t manage on their own any longer, your partner’s health gets gradually worse.

Looking after someone can be tough, but you’re not on your own. Carers UK is here to listen, to give you expert information and advice that’s tailored to your situation, to champion your rights and support you in finding new ways to manage at home, at work, or wherever you are.

We’re here to make life better for carers.

Carers UK makes life better for carers

Caring will affect us all at some point in our lives. We’ll be here for you when that happens. With your help, we can be there for the 6,000 people who start looking after someone each day.

We give expert advice, information and support.

Caring can be extremely complicated. The maze of rights and entitlements can be complicated. Filling in paperwork can be complicated. Getting a break can be complicated. Our feelings about caring can certainly be complicated.

We’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.

Our expert telephone advice and support service is here if you want to talk about caring. If you’re looking for answers, our online information and support is the best place to start.

We connect carers so no one has to care alone

Every day 6,000 people become carers. It can be bewildering if you don’t know where to turn for help and support.

Through our carers’ groups and volunteers we’re reaching out in local communities throughout the UK and online.

If you’re new to caring, we want to make sure you get the right support from the start.

We campaign together for lasting change

We’re at the forefront of the carers’ movement, bringing carers together to have a voice and deliver lasting change.

We’ll keep campaigning until we can all look after loved ones without putting our own lives on hold.

We innovate to find new ways to reach and support carers

Our expertise and insight drawn from carers’ experiences helps us find better ways to support carers.

We work with local authorities and other organisations to improve services for carers throughout the UK.

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Please download the Recruitment Pack 2020 and fill out this Equality Monitoring Form

If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

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

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

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement that clearly outlines your interest and motivation in applying and your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Chair of Trustees, Carers UK” into the subject field.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss any adjustments or support which are required.


Closing date: 9am, Monday 27th April 2020
Shortlisting: TBC
Final interviews: w/c Monday 4th May 2020

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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