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Trustee and Chair of Finance, Fundraising and General Purposes Committee – The Children’s Trust

The Children's Trust

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Help the charity take great strides in doing more to improve the lives of children, young people and their families affected by brain injury and neurodisability

  • Location: Tadworth, Surrey
  • Salary: Unremunerated (reasonable expenses paid)
Executive recruitment for Director of Clinical Services The Children's Trust

About this role

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and neurodisability. We deliver rehabilitation, education and community services through our national specialist centre and The Children’s Trust School, based in Tadworth.  We also offer support more widely through our Brain Injury Community Service for children and young people across the UK and via our online Brain Injury Hub.

Established 35 years ago, we have a team comprising 560 staff and 1,100 volunteers, who are dedicated to providing children with brain injury and neurodisability the opportunity to live the best life possible.

This is an exciting time to join our Board. We are planning our next strategy with the ultimate aim of extending our reach and improving the lives of more children and young people.

We have ambitious plans for our education provision; we are expecting to commence the construction of a replacement school building over the strategic period. This all builds upon our secure and sustainable base, our commitment to continuous quality improvement and exemplary standards of care for children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability, as evidenced by our ‘Outstanding’ ratings from both the care Quality Commission and Ofsted (Care).

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Who we're looking for

To enable us to achieve our ambitions we are looking for a new Trustee who can Chair our Finance, Fundraising & General Purposes Committee. This committee is responsible for finance, fundraising, IT, information, governance, people, and H&S. The new committee Chair will have an opportunity to support the future development of our strategy and provide support, advice and oversight of the Children’s Trust financial affairs and its longer-term financial viability, while acting as a critical friend to the Director of Finance.

You will have commercial and strategic senior management experience as a finance professional, and your strategic finance skills will enable you to support the board in their understanding of the strategic financial landscape of the Children’s Trust.

You will have a recognised financial qualification with a strong track record of successfully dealing with strategic issues, interpreting complex information and experience of financial governance, compliance, investments and risk management. We expect the time commitment to be two days a month.

In addition to this background and experience, we are seeking someone who supports with the ambitions and aims of the Children’s Trust and share their values of being can-do, collaborative, caring and supportive, fun, professional and child and family focused.

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

Philippa Fabry on philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk or 07772 902071

Jennifer Horan on jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk or 07519 070497

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in becoming a new Trustee and Chair of our Finance, Fundraising & General Purposes Committee.

The Children’s Trust is a leading charity for children with brain injury and neurodisability. We have an ambition that all children and young people living with a brain injury or neurodisability have the opportunity to live the best life possible.

We have been established as a charity for 34 years and employ over 500 staff as well as enjoy the invaluable support of over 1000 volunteers. You will be joining at an exciting time as we formulate our next ambitious strategy which will see us taking great strides in doing more to improve the lives of children, young people and their families affected by brain injury and neurodisability.

We are moving into the final year of our three-year strategy: “Creating Futures Together” which focuses on four key objectives:

  • Be the best at what we do
  • Respond to the needs of children and young people
  • Ensure our services are there for children for the long term
  • Scale up

We are also extremely proud of our current regulatory ratings:

  •  ‘Outstanding’ with the Care Quality Commission (for our Care services)
  • ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ Leadership & Management with Ofsted Education (for The Children’s Trust School)
  • ‘Outstanding’ with Ofsted Care (for our Children’s Home).

This demonstrates you would be joining an organisation that puts ‘quality’ at the top of our agenda when we focus on the services we provide to the children and their families. They are always our priority.

I do hope you will pursue your interest in applying for this role. Thank you.

Best wishes,

Duncan Ingram
Chair of Trustees

The UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and complex health needs

The Children's Trust Director of Clinical Services executive recruitment

Our key services are:
• Rehabilitation for children with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI);
• A residential non-maintained special school for children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD);
• Support for children with ABI and their families in the communities across the UK, through our Brain Injury Community Services;
• Online information and support via our publications and braininjuryhub.co.uk.

Our residential services based at our national specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey, work in partnership with the NHS and local authorities to provide a step-down pathway of care between hospital and home. The centre is entirely child and family focused to ensure that their needs are appropriately supported.

The charity provides rehabilitation, medical care, special education, community services and expert information

In the community, we provide clinical support to complement local services and give children and young people with ABI the best chance of succeeding at home and in school.

We are the only paediatric centre with a national specialised commissioning contract (through NHS England) to provide brain injury rehabilitation for children with severe brain injury. Our other services are funded through local health commissioners (such as clinical commissioning groups), social care and education authorities, together with the millions raised through voluntary fundraising.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the 25-acre Tadworth site features a state of the art hydrotherapy pool, accommodation for parents, specially adapted equipment, soft play areas and a wheelchair-accessible tree house.

We run a non-maintained residential special school for children with PMLD. The Children’s Trust School supports children and young people from 2-19 years old and is dual-registered with the Care Quality Commission (the school residential houses) and Ofsted Education.

The Children’s Trust is a charitable organisation with approximately 560 committed staff and 1,100 volunteers with a range of expertise across nursing and care, education, therapy, operations and centralised support functions such as finance, HR, fundraising and communications. A number of these staff are based off site around the UK as part of our community work or in our charity shops.

More information:

The Children’s Trust website

Our CQC Report

Our OFSTED Report

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

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

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

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. It would also be helpful to provide an explanation of your interest and motivation in applying for this position within your supporting statement.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Chair of Finance, Fundraising and General Purposes Committee, The Children’s Trust” into the subject field.

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.

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 operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

Timetable

Closing date: TBC
Offer to visit schools and meet Chief Executive/Director of Finance: TBC
Interviews with The Children’s Trust: TBC

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