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Chair of Trustees EPIC Restart Foundation

Lead the board of EPIC Restart Foundation and empower people to restart positive lives after gambling harm.

  • Location: Remote, with online meetings and once a year in person in the North East / North West
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: Monday 9th September

EPIC Restart is a charity founded in lived experience of gambling harm, delivering transformational programmes that change lives.

Our small team works closely with people in recovery, the National Gambling Support Network and expert delivery partners to pioneer innovative programmes that are empowering people across the UK to rebuild their lives after gambling harm. We also build crucial awareness of recovery support pathways and work to break down the stigma around gambling addiction.

We are responding to a significant gap in the availability of longer-term recovery support, and we are respected for our empowering approach that has lived experience at its heart. Our EPIC Restart Community is a powerful lived experience online network offering inspiration, learning and connection, and our intensive support programmes, Restarting Lives and Woman.Empowered, provide life-changing events, personal development opportunities and person-centred recovery coaching.

Our small team has directly supported over 600 individuals since we launched our pilot programme in May 2021, and we have reached over 20,000 more people through our online and outreach activities. We have recently embarked on a new two-year strategy, aiming to become a Centre for Excellence for gambling harms recovery, delivering transformational programmes with measurable, proven impact as well as influencing stakeholders and policymakers to increase the support available to those recovering from gambling harm.

Our founding Chair, Robert White, is stepping down after three and a half successful years. EPIC Restart is now seeking a new Chair to lead the Foundation into the next exciting phase of development and growth. Our Chair of Trustees will lead the board to shape the strategic direction of EPIC Restart, ensuring robust governance while acting as an ambassador and fostering strong relationships between the board, executive team and key stakeholders.

Who we are looking for.

As our new Chair, you will have proven leadership experience, strategic vision, strong communication and interpersonal skills, and a passion for our mission and values. You will bring charity governance experience and strong commercial acumen and will lead and develop our board, bringing energy, enthusiasm and a proactive commitment to the role. Our new Chair will be excited about strategy development, board dynamics, building a relationship with our Chief Executive, Sharon Parr, and supporting people in restarting their lives after gambling harm.

Time commitment.

The board meets four to six times a year, including an annual strategy away day. We usually meet remotely, with a board meeting in person once a year in the North West/North East of England. We expect the overall time commitment for our Chair to be 1–2 days a month, which includes preparation for meetings, engagement with our CEO, team, and board members, ad hoc discussions, and attending events.

We offer the opportunity to make an impact in the gambling harms sector, working in a collaborative and supportive environment with a team of committed and talented people who share our passion for supporting people in recovery.

If you’re ready to lead with purpose and inspire others, apply now to become our next Chair of Trustees and help us continue to transform lives.


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

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

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EPIC Restart Foundation

We are united by our passion to rebuild positive lives after gambling harm.

Many people struggle to establish or sustain a positive recovery after a gambling disorder – poor mental health, depression and anxiety, as well as debt, isolation, stigma and lack of confidence all contribute to high rates of relapse.

Lived experience is at the heart of EPIC Restart programmes and an essential contributor to our success. We focus on initiating lasting change and taking personal responsibility for finding a purposeful direction in life. Our programmes empower people to rebuild positive lives after gambling harm by:

  • Restoring good mental health & wellbeing.
  • Overcoming isolation and reconnecting with a healthier support network.
  • Rediscovering confidence and self-belief.
  • Rebuilding resilience and identifying practical coping strategies.

We support people to build stronger, more holistic recovery capital through increased awareness, connection, and empowerment. We help people create their own ‘toolbox’ to sustain recovery with more robust coping strategies, a sense of purposeful direction and the skills needed to rebuild family relationships, improve employability, and move on with their lives after gambling harm. All our activities are provided free of charge, thanks to the support of our charitable funders and donors.

At the heart of our offer is the EPIC Restart Community – an online support network offering education, inspiration and learning, including group coaching, lived experience speakers sharing stories of recovery, and expert facilitators offering workshops on a wide range of topics that support recovery.

Those who join the EPIC Restart Community also have access to our other programmes:

  • Restarting Lives – person-centred 1 to 1 recovery coaching for up to 6 months, plus the opportunity to attend life-changing in-person events, ensuring individuals in recovery feel connected, understood, and empowered.
  • Woman. Empowered – helping more women into a positive recovery journey through sharing lived experience and reducing stigma;  amplifying information about recovery pathways; pre-hab recovery coaching and 1 to 1 personalised support to overcome legacy harms.

We are also piloting a new programme, REACH – working with voluntary and community organisations to raise awareness and build capacity for those organisations to support marginalised communities who may be struggling with legacy gambling harms.

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

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

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    Timetable

    Closing date: Monday 9th September 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Monday 16th September 2024
    Interviews: Friday 20th September 2024 (in person)


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