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Chair Phoenix Futures

Join us as our next Chair of the board as we embark on a journey of growth and development, in our mission to help individuals, families & communities recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

  • Location: UK and Virtual
  • Salary: Unremunerated – expenses reimbursed
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Phoenix Futures is a charity that lives by its values. We recognise the importance of lived experience in informing practice and we speak out against stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need.

The drug and alcohol treatment sector is entering a new phase of strategic importance. The Government have announced a significant investment in treatment and if that is to be sustained as a sector, we have to demonstrate that investment is spent wisely to end the preventable deaths of thousands of people a year from drug and alcohol addiction.

We seek someone who is a confident communicator, with a strong strategic head on their shoulders. Experience of leading change, growth and mergers at a senior level would be ideal. As would a background in either health, criminal justice, social care, or civil service, although not essential.

Importantly, you will have a good understanding of Charity governance and have the ability to develop an effective working relationship with the CEO. You will also need to work effectively with other trustees and the other stakeholders on specific strategic issues.

Board members are expected to attend all Board meetings (four per year) as well our annual Strategy Review away day (which will involve an overnight stay). The Chair is also likely to sit on two subcommittees that will meet 2/3 times per year each. The meetings are hybrid so the choice can be made to join in person or virtually.

Phoenix Futures does not remunerate Board members but out of pocket expenses are reimbursed. Willingness to devote time, enthusiasm and effort to the duties and responsibilities of a trustee will be crucial.

We welcome both experienced trustees and those looking to take on their first trusteeship/Chair, and we want to welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to further diversify the Board.

For more than 50 years we have demonstrated our passion and commitment to support people to achieve long term recovery. Come join us and be part of our journey!

To access the job information pack for this role, please complete the ‘How to Apply’ tab.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call.

Rachel Davies (E: rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07961 208 037) or

James Hunt (E: james@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07711 405 444)

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

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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in Phoenix Futures. As our current Chair, Dr Susan Kinnaird, comes to the end of her term, we are looking for her successor to continue to lead the Board to support the charity to further its purpose.

The Board are proud of the achievements of the organisation. Through the pandemic, staff have worked tirelessly to ensure people can access the treatment they need when they need it. We have led the sector to develop good practice approaches to treatment provision and continued to highlight the need for additional funding and local leadership to support access to treatment.

We have been delighted to see decisions made in Westminster and Holyrood that we hope will improve access to residential treatment and wider pathways to recovery for people in England and Scotland.

As a group of Trustees, we take our role seriously in reviewing our performance against sector good practice. We are currently working toward the revised Charity Code ensuring the highest standards of governance to support the organisation.

Phoenix Futures is a charity that lives by its values. We recognise the importance of lived experience in informing practice and we speak out against the stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need.

The drug and alcohol treatment sector is entering a new phase of strategic importance. The Government have announced a significant investment in treatment and, if that is to be sustained, as a sector we have to demonstrate that investment is spent wisely to end the preventable deaths of thousands of people a year from drug and alcohol addiction.

It’s an exciting and important time to be joining us at Phoenix to deliver our mission.

Dorothy Brown

Chair of the People and Remuneration Committee

Phoenix Futures

About Phoenix Futures

Phoenix Futures is a leading provider of services for people with drug and alcohol problems and offers services within community, prison and residential settings.

The work we do at Phoenix leads to change

Our services span a wide spectrum and meet the unique individual needs of people whatever their hopes and ambitions for themselves or their family’s future. As we have developed our expertise, we have shared our approaches to creating best practice and influencing policy. And we have spoken out, giving voice to the people we support. Our expertise is psychosocial treatment and support which is the common thread through everything we do.

In 2021 we directly supported over 20,000 people. We deliver our purpose through a number of different activities:

  • We are a specialist treatment provider of psychosocial services to people with drug and alcohol problems
  • We deliver services in prison and the community to individuals experiencing problematic drug and alcohol use
  • We are the largest provider of residential rehabilitation services for people with substance misuse issues
  • We are the only specialist substance misuse registered housing provider
  • We deliver a number of initiatives across the country that address stigma and demonstrate the impact of treatment and the potential of people in recovery
  • We deliver a range of environmental sustainability initiatives across the UK that help protect the environment and increase the health and wellbeing of our staff, the people who use our services and the wider community.

Purpose, Values and Beliefs

Our guiding principles are contained within our Purpose, Values and Beliefs. We developed these principles following an extensive period of reflection with our service users, staff and stakeholders. We use them to help us make decisions and ensure that the way we behave as individuals and collectively meets our expectations and the expectations of those we seek to support.

Our Purpose

Phoenix Futures is dedicated to helping individuals, families and communities recover from drug and alcohol problems.

Our Values and Beliefs

We are passionate about recovery

Our relentless optimism and energy for overcoming dependency motivates those we help to realise their own recovery. Families, friends and carers need hope, care and guidance just as much as their loved ones.

We value our history and use it to inform our future

We believe you can only really know who you are if you understand and respect where you have come from. We have learned much as an organisation over the last 50 years and use that wealth of knowledge to create a bright and brilliant new future for those in need of hope today.

We believe in being the best

We constantly strive to learn and innovate, to challenge ourselves, to adapt and to work together with others who can bring valuable expertise. Striving to be the best doesn’t mean wanting to be the biggest, it means giving the very best of ourselves to achieve our purpose.

Our Strategic Focus: Sustainable Recovery

Our Aspirations and Ambitions 2020/23 – the context for our strategy

Many of the issues we faced over the course of the last strategy still pervade society. The substance misuse sector has experienced a decade of reduced funding which has impacted the sector’s ability to deliver the range of evidence-based interventions required to meet people’s needs. Funding for drug and alcohol treatment reduced from £750m in 2014-15 to £600m in 2018-19.

The reduced public spend over the decade within health and social care generally has also created a higher level of social deprivation, which means people are experiencing a number of different serious physical and mental health conditions by the time they get to our services.

That perfect storm has resulted in the highest drug-related deaths ever recorded in England and Scotland in 2021. Most people who die of drug poisoning are poor, isolated and experience a range of other social and health issues. Over a quarter had already attempted suicide and two-thirds had a mental health condition.

The Scottish Government has begun to address the issue with a significant increase in funding for addiction services and a renewed focus on residential treatment.

In England, the Home Office has commissioned a review of drug treatment led by Dame Carol Black.  The review was published in July 2021 and made strong recommendations for increased investment in drug treatment The Black Review recommendations were adopted by the Government in their 10 Year Drug Strategy From Harm to Hope along with a significant proportion of the investment required.

The Principles Guiding our Work

Our Strategy Sustainable Recovery has 3 strands:

  • We Deliver Services that Sustain Recovery. That means we will develop more specialist evidence-based approaches to treatment and recovery, that use our expertise and experience in psychosocial treatment and accommodation-based treatment. We will keep quality at the heart of what we do.
  • We are a charity that has the skills and resources to sustain delivery. That means supporting people to develop in their role and in their career, making processes easier to follow and finding approaches that make us more efficient, leaving more time to focus on the delivery of our purpose.
  • We are people that make a sustainable difference in the world we live in, by continuing to tackle stigma and discrimination that limits life and opportunity for people who use our services and making environmental sustainability a core organisational competence and sharing our learning with others.

Achievements

Despite the pandemic the charity has made significant progress against the current strategy for example we have developed a more responsive mental health approaches to support people with multiple needs, we have entered, carried out a pay and reward review, achieved our carbon net zero target set in our sustainability strategy.

Preparing for the future

As we enter the final year of the strategy the Executive Team and the Board are working together to define our ambitions for the next 3 years. The new drug strategy presents significant opportunities for the charity to deliver its purpose, by growing existing provision, expanding our innovative approaches, and working within new systems of Integrated Care to support more people to reduce the harm of their drug and alcohol use and achieve their life ambitions.

We will also continue to support our staff to develop their expertise and realise their career ambitions and to take care of their own health and wellbeing.

Sustainable Recovery Strategy 2020

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    If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call.

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    James Hunt (E: james@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07711 405 444)

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    Closing date: by 9 a.m. Tuesday 28th June 2022

    Interviews: From w/c Monday 11th July 2022

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