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Chair of the Board of Trustees Solent Mind

Join our Board and lead as Chair as we continue our ambition to support more people than ever to develop positive mental well-being.

  • Location: Southampton, Portsmouth and Hampshire
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 22nd July

Who we are

Solent Mind is the largest mental health charity in Hampshire, (£14m) and part of a network of over 100 Local Minds who tailor trusted mental health services to its communities. We give anyone with a mental health issue somewhere to turn to for support.

With a wide geography covering Southampton, Portsmouth and southern Hampshire, Solent Mind supported almost 45,000 people in 2022/23 to access mental health support, whether early intervention, therapeutic care, peer support in primary and secondary services, through to crisis support when people feel at their most vulnerable.

The organisation has doubled in size over the last 5 years, reflecting our strong reputation but also an unprecedented demand for mental health services. Our new strategy reflects the continuing demand, as well as the need to shape our services around the differing needs of our diverse local communities

Who we are looking for

Solent Mind is looking for a new Chair to lead their Board of Trustees.

You will bring experience of successful senior leadership within a charitable, commercial or public sector organisation, with extensive experience in charity governance as a Chair or a Trustee of a medium/large-sized organisation and as Chair of a Board committee.

An understanding and experience of the journey of growth of an organisation is essential, as Solent Mind seek to professionalise further and grow their presence in Hampshire.

Having indirect or direct experience of mental health is desirable along with a strong interest in mental health & wellbeing and the key issues in our local communities.

We seek a collaborative Chair, someone who is able to convene and lead a busy Board of Trustees, and build relationships both internally with the staff, and externally with key stakeholders. The ability to influence and act as an ambassador for Solent Mind will be key. Experience of fundraising in a charitable organisation would be most welcome in light of diminishing statutory funding.

Expertise and/or experience in supporting EDI improvement work is highly desirable to assist Solent Mind to progress this important priority.

We welcome applicants from minority and ethnic communities who are underrepresented on the Board. We value diverse perspectives from the widest possible range of backgrounds.

Time commitment

c.3-4  days per month.

There are 6 evening, in-person Board meetings at the Head Office and 4 virtual Committee meetings per annual schedule, plus regular calls with the Chief Executive.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

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


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Rachel Davies

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Welcome from the CEO and Chair

Thank you for your interest in becoming the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Solent Mind.

It’s an exciting time to join us. We are launching our new strategy with the ambition of supporting more people than ever to develop positive mental well-being. We want to reach ever deeper into our local communities to ensure everyone can access the mental health support they need, and then deliver the greatest impact we can. For us, this means putting people at the centre of everything we do, working with compassion and empathy, whilst ensuring every step we take is effective and collaborative, working with our service users, and our partners, whether local authorities and the NHS or other community organisations and local leaders.

Solent Mind is a large and well-established local mental health charity serving Southampton, Portsmouth and the southern part of Hampshire, and we have more than doubled in size over the past five years. We also provide “level two” Talking Therapy services to the whole of Hampshire through our partnership with the NHS, and Wellbeing services and support to Primary Care Networks across Hampshire through our partnership with Andover Mind and Havant & East Hampshire Minds.  We are also very active members of the National Mind Federation.

We consistently receive good feedback from our service users, but we are not complacent. We know that some communities access our services more than others, and we are working hard to ensure that we meet the needs of all the very diverse communities that we serve. We also know that funding is tight, whether that is from large commissioners or individual donors, so we have to make sure we spend every £ wisely. And we know that our high reputation relies on us running the charity well, which requires constant attention.

If you are interested in playing a leading role in the next stage of our journey by chairing our Board of Trustees, please contact our partners at Peridot to apply and join us today!

Sally Arscott
Chief Executive Officer

John Wilderspin

About Solent Mind

Solent Mind is an independent registered charity and part of a network of over 100 Local Minds who tailor trusted mental health services to our communities. We set our own strategiespartnerships and rely on the support of our brilliant local fundraisers.

We are affiliated with National Mind and work together to ensure their pioneering campaigns, information and research make a difference in Hampshire. Together, we make better mental health possible both locally and nationally.

Our values ensure that people can trust Solent Mind to be on their side:

  • Compassion: We’re present, we feel, we care.
  • Listening: We hear, we understand, we act.
  • Inclusive: For you, for me, for everyone.
  • Effective: We’re experienced, we’re skilled, we make a difference.
  • Together: We engage, we share, we grow.

Our purpose is:

Supporting everyone to develop positive mental well-being, live well and thrive.

Our Strategic Priorities

Our communities

  • We will provide accessible mental health and well-being support to anybody who needs it.

Our services

  • We will deliver services that are inclusive, effective and tailored to meet individual needs.

Our people and culture

  • We will develop, support and inspire our staff and volunteers to thrive and deliver the goals of our organisation.

Our funding

  • We will actively seek, secure and manage resources to respond to community needs.

Our organisation

  • We will be resilient, effective and sustainable.

Accessibility information

Solent Mind is a ­leading mental health charity, supporting people to develop positive mental well-being, live well and thrive.

Last year, our 400-strong staff team worked alongside over 45,000 people across Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton. We are well respected by both NHS colleagues and local communities for our commitment to the highest quality of practice and commitment to reaching people of all backgrounds.

Solent Mind has a Gold award for Investors in People and is signed up to being a Mindful Employer. We positively support the development of our staff teams, encouraging personal growth and engagement in diverse opportunities, whilst demonstrating best practices in workplace wellbeing and living our values.

Our policies, practices and measures reflect principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

We aim to remove barriers in our workplace. If a barrier cannot be removed, we will seek to provide reasonable accommodations.

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability 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 role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

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

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 22nd July 2024
    Candidates Informed by: Friday 26th July 2024
    Preliminary Interviews (virtual): Wednesday 31st and Thursday 1st August 2024
    Stakeholder sessions: Wednesday 7th August 2024
    Final interview (in person): Friday 9th August 2024

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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